Crisis Support

A crisis is a situation where things feel out of control and some action or decision needs to be taken urgently. You or someone you know might desparately need some advice or support. Each crisis and each person is different and the kind of support that is needed will be equally individual. Who you contact in a crisis should usually depend on the kind of help that you feel that you need. This might include someone to talk to for support and advice, somewhere to go to where you feel safe, medical treatment, help with a situation where there may be a threat of harm or violence. The right kind of support in a crisis should help you, and the people around you, learn from your experiences and develop ways of dealing with potentially difficult situations in the future.

A 24 hour Mental Health Support Line (SLaM)

A 24-hour mental health telephone support line to help people who are experiencing mental distress. 0800 731 2864 (Freephone) The line is for anyone who needs advice, help and assistance while in crisis or facing difficulties dealing with mental illness as well as patients and carers.  A range of supportive interventions, advice on mental health and more »

A&E Psychiatric Liaison Services – King’s College Hospital

If you are in urgent need of medical attention go to the Accident & Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.  Book in at the Reception Desk and wait to be assessed. A team of mental health professionals based at King’s College Hospital (KCH) Emergency Department. They assess people to determine if they need mental health care more »

A&E Psychiatric Liaison Services – St Thomas’ Hospital

If you are in urgent need of medical attention go to the Accident & Emergency Department of your nearest hospital. They are a team of mental health professionals based at St Thomas’ Hospital Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department. They assess people to determine if they need mental health care and treatment, and refer them to clinical services.As more »

Child Death Helpline

A freephone telephone helpline for all those affected by the death of a child.  The helpline offers a confidential listening service providing emotional support to anyone affected by the death of a child. The helpline is staffed by a team of  volunteers who are parents who have been bereaved by the death of a child.  more »

Maytree Respite Centre

“A sanctuary for the suicidal”.  The Maytree Suicide Respite Centre is the only place of its kind in the UK and fills a gap in services, between the medical support of the NHS and the helplines and drop-in centres of the voluntary sector. We offer a free 4-night /5-day stay, and the opportunity to be more »

Mosaic Clubhouse

Mosaic Clubhouse is part of a worldwide network of clubhouses that exist to provide support and opportunities to people living with a mental health condition. They also provide information and signposting for the wider Lambeth community who may be concerned about their own or others’ mental health. All their services are delivered in partnership with more »

PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide

Every year over 1600 young people take their own lives in the UK. Many thousands more contemplate suicide; many harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling. Papyrus works to prevent suicide in people aged 15-35 years and to give young people hope. They provide confidential support and advice to young more »


The Samaritans Helpline offers confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service helps you to talk through your concerns, worries and troubles.  You don’t have to be suicidal to call.  There is a network of local branches across the UK and callers are automatically diverted to their nearest available Samaritans more »

Solidarity in a Crisis – Out-of-Hours Peer Support

Solidarity in a Crisis supports people in distress by providing out of hours emotional support over the phone and in person. The service is run by Peer Supporters who have their own experience of facing and overcoming crisis. By sharing life experiences, Peer Supporters can promote recovery and enhance feelings of belonging, especially for those more »

Urgent NHS Mental Health Treatment in Lambeth

What to do in an emergency If there’s an emergency or you’re worried about the person you care for during office hours, the first place to ring is your GP or your local community mental health team (ask for the duty desk). Assessment and Treatment Service (North Lambeth) 332 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA. T: more »

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