Mental health: Kingston

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Kingston iCope offers free, confidential help for problems such as stress, worry, anxiety and depression or insomnia.

Kingston iCope offers a range of courses and individual treatments to help you manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and other cognitive, emotional and behavioural difficulties. It is for adults of all ages.

The treatments offered have been shown to be effective and are recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

You can refer yourself or refer someone else.

Find out more by contacting Kingston iCope direct.

Anyone can access the service – either via your GP or other health professional or by referring yourself directly if you want to. The service is offered from Surbiton Health Centre.

The service includes:

  • assessment and bespoke treatment plans
  • harm reduction information and needle exchange
  • specialist detoxification programmes to manage withdrawal symptoms and gradually wean you off drugs and/or alcohol
  • one-to-one and group therapies aimed at getting to the core of the problem, coming up with ways to deal with cravings and avoid relapse
  • motivation and support from those that have previously had problems with drugs and/or alcohol
  • group activities and social networks, including men and women’s groups, relapse prevention and life skills advice
  • joint working with employment agencies, training providers and housing associations to help you get back on track

Find out more on their website or contact Kingston Wellbeing Service direct.

Recovery Cafés are safe and supportive spaces for south west London residents who are struggling to cope with mental health crises.  There is no need for an appointment, just turn up during the opening times and you’ll be met by a listening ear.

The cafes are available to help adults (18 years+) with mental health issues from the south west London boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Kingston.

Please note: The cafés do not provide accommodation and are not designed to support young people under 18 years old or those under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The cafés provide:

  • Group activities
  • One-to-one support
  • Chill out space
  • Advice, information and signposting
  • Hot meals and drinks
  • Drop in from local mental health teams 

You don’t need to book or have a formal referral, you just need to turn up during opening hours. You can also ring ahead if you need any support around travelling to the café or would like to speak with a member of staff beforehand.

Visit hestia.org (Tooting) or sunshinerecoverycafe.org (Wimbledon) for opening times and contact details.

Journey Recovery Hub is an out of hours crisis service for adults (18 years +), primarily in Richmond and Kingston boroughs, who perceive themselves to be in mental health crisis, or at risk of moving into mental health crisis. The service includes face to face and out of hours support.

Visit rbmind.org for referral details and opening times.


In an emergency

In an emergency, if your GP surgery is closed, go to a hospital’s A&E desk and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty. 

You can also read the NHS guidance on dealing with a mental health crisis.