Visit our COVID-19 resource hub for information about emotional wellbeing and mental health support for children and young people during the pandemic.
The first place to get help is your GP or the Richmond Wellbeing Service. They are best placed to offer you initial advice on how to deal with your symptoms and talk to you about available treatments and support services in your area.
There is a full directory of mental health services and support available in Richmond on the Mind website. Whether you are suffering from mental health difficulties yourself, or you have a friend or family member who is struggling, you can use this directory to find support.
A network of community-based informal support services for vulnerable adults is also provided by the Community Independent Living Service (CILS).
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.
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.