Mental health: Merton

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Merton Uplift is a FREE service supporting anyone who has a mental health or wellbeing need, whether this is due to emotional difficulties such as anxiety or depression, or life stressors.  

About the service

Merton Uplift is a partnership between NHS and local voluntary sector organisations.  It is available to anyone aged 18 years and over living in the borough of Merton or registered with a Merton GP.  You can self-refer to the service via their website.

Based on empowerment and building resilience within the community, Merton Uplift is designed to support your health and wellbeing in a number of ways:

If you think this can be of help or are interested in finding out more about the service please contact Merton Uplift.

You do not need to be referred by your GP or any other professional.

You can also complete an online self-referral form.

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.

NHS Go is a free health app and website that was designed for young people by young Londoners.

It’s aimed at 16-24 year olds so you can get better and easier access to health and wellbeing information. As well as mental health information, you can use it to search for local health services and find information on health and wellbeing, including sex and relationships, healthy eating and puberty. Visit nhsgo.uk for more information

At times life can be difficult and it can be hard to manage on your own. When this happens, you can feel lots of different things – sad, scared, hopeless or angry.

Often we keep all our feelings and thoughts inside ourselves and this can make things worse. It is important to know that it’s OK to ask for help at a time like this and that with some support, you might be able to find your own answers.

Free and confidential counselling is available for anyone aged 11-18 in Merton if you feel like you may need some extra support.

For ages 11 to 13

If you are aged 11-13, you will need to see someone like your GP, teacher or social worker, and ask them to make a referral via the Merton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

For ages 14 to 18

If you are aged 14 to 18 you can contact Off the Record direct or request an online counsellor.

For more information about emotional support for young people in Merton, visit the Merton Family services Directory for children and young people.


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.