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'Open Minded', Camden Council's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Camden Council coordinates all of the community mental health services available to children and young people in the borough under the name Open Minded. There are a wide range of different ways to help children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, including advice and support for parents, a range of types of counselling and therapy for children, and therapeutic work with the family as a whole. Occasionally, if needed, medication can be prescribed. 

Age UK Camden: counselling, psychotherapy and group therapy services

Free and confidential time-limited individual and group psychotherapy/counselling to people 55 and over who are registered with a GP surgery in Camden. The services are open to people of all ethnic and cultural groups, and those who identify as LGBT. Home visits can be arranged for people with limited mobility. Counselling is also offered to people with dementia in the early stages or with memory issues. Weekly regular sessions can provide valuable and confidential support where people can begin to explore any difficult feelings or concerns they may have. 

ALAG - Asperger London Area Group

ALAG is a community organisation working in partnership with local authorities and the voluntary sector to highlight the needs of people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC). We provide valuable social support to high functioning but vulnerable adults on the autism spectrum across London. This includes providing information, advice and guidance to our members and supporting them to access services and engage in their community.

Alone in London, part of Depaul UK

We provide a range of services to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our services include developing young people's skills and providing the resources they need to secure sustainable and safe housing.

Our work includes advice, family mediation, first contact and schools work - complementing the work of Depaul's Nightstop programme which provides a bed for a night for a young person in crisis.

Bangladeshi Mental Health Forum

The Bangladeshi Mental Health Forum (BMHF) raises awareness of mental health within the Bangladeshi community, and other BME groups such as Somali, new migrants and hard to reach communities. To do this our work includes organising mental health awareness events and workshops; campaigning for better accessibility to mental health services; and highlighting the concerns of families, carers of service users and the community to commissioners and service providers.

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Bar Pro Bono Unit is a charity offering assistance with finding barristers. They match members of the public who need help, with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise in deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.

Brandon Centre & 'Brandon Reach': counselling & psychotherapy for young people

We offer free and confidential help and advice for young people aged 12 to 24, and their parents and carers. Our work includes counselling and psychotherapy, multisystemic therapy and parenting programmes for parents and carers of 12 to 16-year-olds with difficult behaviour.

The Brandon Reach project service is for those who have lost their child through special guardianship or adoption and we offer individual therapy, group work, collective action, supportive counselling and signposting and linking to other services.

C4WS Homeless Project

Currently closed. Next open:
Fri: 11:00-14:00

The Friday Club (drop-in club) is a service run by C4WS Homeless Project and the King’s Cross Methodist Church. It opens every Friday between 11am and 2pm offering a safe and welcoming space for those people in need. This includes street homeless, those who have previously been homeless, those living below the poverty line and those who are socially isolated.

Calthorpe Project - a green oasis in Kings's Cross

We provide a community centre and garden which enable local people to mix, socialise and improve their quality of life. The Centre has a thriving programme which includes: Community Gardening, where you can grow some veg to take home or share with other volunteers and friends; a ‘Living Lab’, with food grown on-site for the Centre’s café; Gardening for Older People, which takes place every Friday; and a Bangladeshi Women’s Garden

Camden Alcohol Service

We provide key work sessions, group work and complementary therapies. We can plan detoxification and funded treatments. We provide support and assistance in achieving your own personal goals. Individuals can self-refer. The service is confidential and operates an equal opportunities policy. 

Camden Carers Service

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-17:00

Camden Carers Service offers advice, support and activities for family and upaid carers across the borough.

Services include advice, advocacy, training, an older carers project, a younger adult carers project (18-25), counselling, health checks and workshops, social outings and groups. 

Camden Green Gym

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, improve your mental and physical wellbeing, and learn new skills whilst improving your local environment.

With a relaxed atmosphere, you can work at your own pace and there are activities to suit all levels of experience and fitness.

Camden Hub - Camden's Mental Health Wellbeing Centre

Camden Hub is Camden’s mental health wellbeing centre, from where our 6-8 week prevention service and personalised and recovery focused activities are run.

We also have a Floating support service where we work one-on-one to support people to live independently. We provide emotional and practical support for adults experiencing mental health problems; day opportunity services; and targeted one-on-one prevention work with vulnerable adults. The nature of this support varies hugely from person-to-person.

 

 

Camden Listening and Counselling Centre

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 18:00-21:00

Counselling offers you the chance to talk to a counsellor one-to-one, in confidence and in a safe environment.

They will listen in a non-judgemental way. They will not tell you what to do, but will help you to explore the options open to you.

Your sessions with a counsellor will be once a week for 50 minutes. Initially you will come in for a free assessment and then you will be offered between 12-24 sessions.

Camden Memory Service

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-17:00
We provide assessment, treatment and on-going support to people with dementia and their families/friends. We generally see people who are over 65 years of age, but we can also see younger patients in certain circumstances.
 

Camden Minds

The aims of the Camden Minds are to:
  • Reduce the stigma of dementia
  • Have a say in services and policies relevant to us
  • Get peer support

The group's activities are very varied, with invited speakers, group discussions, taking part in research - and of course socialising together.

Camden Psychotherapy Unit

Camden Psychotherapy Unit (CPU) offers psychoanalytic therapy to anyone who is concerned about their emotional difficulties and either seeks therapy for themselves, or is looking for professional help to get a better understanding as to what kind of psychological help would be best for them. We aim to provide specialist comprehensive consultations and short- and long-term psychotherapy.

Camden Town Shed - where you can 'work and chat with your mates'

Our workshop offers woodwork (joinery, turning, sculpture, marquetry etc) in open sessions on Tuesdays 10am-4pm (men only) and Wednesdays 10am-4pm (mixed) and in a closed tutored session for people needing support on Mondays 1.30-4pm. (Access on Mondays is by calling Alan on 07429 651 676). We also offer a clay hand-building class which meets each Wednesday from 2-4pm.

CBUG - Camden Borough User Group

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-17:00
Camden Borough User Group (CBUG) supports service user involvement in mental health services in the London borough of Camden. CBUG members have lived experience of Camden’s mental health services. We use this experience to ensure mental health services better meet client need. Our aim is to increase the involvement of service users in the development, monitoring and evaluation of mental health services in Camden. We work to co-ordinate and organise the voice of service users in Camden. CBUG is involved in many activities across the borough, including:
 

Child and adolescent mental health services in Camden

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)

Currently closed. Next open:

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) is a set of informal self-help groups made up of men and women with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives. CoDA is based on AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and uses an adapted version of their 12 Steps and Traditions as a central part of its suggested programme of recovery. 

Combat Stress - for veterans’ mental health

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For almost a century, Combat Stress has helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict - on the phone and online,  in the community and at our specialist centres.

Community Association for West Hampstead - 'bringing the local community together'

The Community Association for West Hampstead is a 'hub' for the community to come together and take part in a range of fun and exciting activities which include a film club, yoga and art classes. For older people we offer information and support to maintain independence, and our Keeping Active Together promotes good health.

Community Garden at St Michael's, Camden

Currently closed. Next open:
Wed: 11:00-13:00
The Gardening project takes place on Wednesday mornings at St Michael’s Church. The garden is a sanctuary of green space in the busy centre of Camden. Volunteers assist our regular gardener in maintaining and beautifying the church garden, through which all visitors enter the church. The project takes place throughout the year, and all help is welcomed, whether occasional or regular. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided to help sustain our gardeners’ efforts! It is a satisfying and relaxing opportunity, and also a sociable time.

Connifers Care

Connifers Care are a well established, reputable provider of support services for people with mental health problems and those with learning disabilities. They provide day opportunities for those with mental health needs and specialise in care for people with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome as well as other clients with complex needs.

Core Arts - promoting good mental health through creativity

Core Arts has 23 years' experience of providing best practice and best value in Mental Health Creative Day Care in London.

Based in Hackney, Core Arts promotes positive mental health and wellbeing through creative learning. We provide quality education, training, employment and social enterprise initiatives that enable people who experience mental health issues to overcome barriers, fulfil their potential and participate fully in their community.

We offer creative education courses, and wellbeing through arts, music, sports, culture and education.

Doorstep Homeless Families Project

We provide homeless families, living in temporary accommodation in the London Borough of Camden, with access to services to secure the emotional and practical support they require to enjoy a good quality of life.

This involves creating opportunities as well as supporting families to make the best use of any opportunities that arise.

Doorstep provides services to families who live in the two hostels above its premises and in other temporary accommodation in the area. Our range of services includes:

Drayton Park Women's Crisis House

We provide 12 women in mental health crisis a residential stay in a domestic setting, as an alternative to acute admission. We also offer non-residential services for women who have stayed previously, such as on-going support groups, peer support space and a range of workshops for women throughout the year. Age range treated: 18+

Eaves' Poppy Project, for women experiencing violence, exploitation or trafficking

Support for women experiencing violence, exploitation or trafficking.

An acute service is available which offers support to women with safe house accommodation. This service prioritises those who are unable to access support from any other service.

Other services include a young women's service (for females aged 14-24), outreach supporting those over the age of 25, family advocacy and more.

Fitzrovia Youth in Action - helping young people to create a better community

We run a range of exciting youth projects including peer education projects which give young people the opportunity to run their own awareness-raising campaigns, gain new skills and showcase their talent. We do this by developing projects that address isues that affect them, such as community cohesion, healthy living, conflict, drugs and alcohol.

Here are some videos of Fitzrovia Youth in Action.

Focus Homeless Outreach

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-17:00

We offer an assertive outreach service to homeless people and people in hostels, aged 18 years and over. 

We will offer you assessment, triage, signposting (if appropriate) and treatment.

The team will advocate on your behalf and support you with social and practical issues. We will do everything that we can to assist you with your health, social wellbeing and physical health issues to help you on your way to recovery and resettlement to more permanent accommodation and linking to services appropriate to your individual needs.

Frazzled Cafe

'Frazzled Cafe is about people coming together to share their stories, calmly sitting together, stating their case and feeling validated as a result. Feeling heard, to me, has always been half the cure.' Ruby Wax, founder and patron.
 

Free Space Project

We are an arts and health charity based at the Kentish Town Health Centre providing arts and wellbeing activities for the patients of the James Wigg and Queens Crescent Practices as well as members of the Camden community. Our services range from weekly activities such as Dance for Parkinson's and Baby Singalong to one off or termly arts workshops. Some are designed and delivered by therapists whereas others are delivered by artists and facilitators but have a therapeutic approach. Read about our projects

 

Good Gym Camden

Get fit at the same time as doing good deeds. GoodGym runners are paired with isolated older people and they run to see them each week for a quick neighbourly visit. Visiting an older person as part of your weekly run can make a huge difference to their life. Over a million older people are always or often lonely, going for months without seeing friends or family. You could make a massive difference to their life by dropping in for 20 minutes as part of your run.

 

Healthwatch Camden

We are a valuable voice in health and social care in Camden, with information and advice for local people. We have the power to influence the delivery and design of local services, and we work in partnership with local organisations. We help shape local services not just for the people who use them, but also for anyone who might need to in future.

Healthy Minds - help to discover an interest that's right for you

Do you live in Camden? Would you like to take part in a community-based course, workshop or activity? Or perhaps you would like to get fitter, or share your skills and experiences through a volunteer scheme to help others?

Healthy Minds offers free access to a wide range of activities to help you discover an activity that’s enjoyable and just right for you. And, if you need a hand deciding, a Healthy Minds navigator or sports buddy will help.

About the Service

Helen Bamber Foundation - supporting refugees and asylum seekers

The Helen Bamber Foundation supports refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced extreme human cruelty, such as torture and human trafficking. We provide specialist care to meet the complex needs of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the world. We offer survivors specialist psychological and physical therapy, housing and welfare support, legal protection and creative arts and skills programmes to help people rebuild their lives.

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes supports those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. No matter when someone served, we give them the support they need to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives. Our specialist team focuses on the five key areas of an individual’s life: medical, mind, body, spirit and family. We provide support to the whole family to help them all cope with the challenges they face. Long-term recovery is more than repairing damaged bodies and minds; it’s about rebuilding lives.

 

Henna Asian Women's Group

Henna Asian Women’s Group is a community-based organisation that was set up over 30 years ago by Asian women migrating from India, Pakistan and East Africa.

By participating in the various services, women who may otherwise be socially isolated can interact and engage with like-minded individuals with whom they may share certain customs, values and attributes. Over time the group has built a strong communication network, where they have developed friendships with one another and respect for each other’s differences.

Hestia - facing up to domestic abuse and modern slavery

We are the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges in London and have the largest team of specialists working to combat human trafficking across the capital and the South East. We help people find a permanent home, manage their finances and take care of their health. We also help access to work, training or education, as well as providing emotional and practical support to help people succeed in their daily lives. Our free mobile app Bright Sky has been developed to support victims of domestic abuse and their families.

Highbury Grove Crisis Centre

Highbury Grove crisis centre supports those with complex needs. Crisis and recovery services provide a valued community alternative to hospital admission for people in crisis as well as short-term transition from hospital to home. Highbury Grove Crisis Centre is a flagship service and is One Housing's only crisis centre. The centre is delivered in partnership with Islington CCG, Islington Council and Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust to ensure the service is fully embedded on the integrated crisis pathway. 

Highgate Day Centre

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-16:00

The Highgate Day Centre is a recovery-focused centre for Camden residents with mental health conditions which provides therapeutic and educational workshops and activities. We currently run a programme of group work in conjunction with 1:1 key-work sessions to help our clients to identify and pursue their recovery goals. The centre itself offers a wide variety of activities including yoga, well-being workshops, photography, and gardening. Groups are run by trained staff, healthcare professionals or peers.

Highgate Newtown Community Centre - HNNC

HNNC welcomes all who enjoy crafts, sports or learning new skills. We particularly welcome (and can help) people struggling to make ends meet, children needing local sports and under 5s play activities. People living alone will enjoy a hot meal in our café and have company sitting at a table. We offer a host of services for those unemployed and young people completing youth reparation sentences.

Hillside Clubhouse: supporting you back into work or study

We rehabilitate people with mental health problems by supporting them into employment, work placements, training and education. We support social inclusion, confidence building and preparation for work, for example by giving members ownership and responsibility for the running of the Clubhouse together with staff  (The Workday Programme) – co-producing recruitment, publicity, catering, retail, maintenance, administration and finance and other business functions.

Holy Cross Centre Trust

We work with people  in Camden and Islington who are socially excluded in a variety of ways. Our primary work involves supporting mental health recovery and promoting the active participation within the wider community of homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers. See the Events section to read about weekly 'Open Access' drop-ins at Holy Cross Crypt, and twice-weekly group meetings for refugees and asylum seekers. 

Home-Start Camden

Home-Start Camden (HSC) offers free, confidential support, friendship and practical help to parents of children under five in the London Borough of Camden who are going through a difficult time. Once a family has been referred to Home-Start Camden they will be visited by a Home-Start Camden coordinator who will assess the needs of the family.  The family will be carefully matched with a trained volunteer with parenting experience who can provide emotional and practical support to the family for 3-4 hours a week.

Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service

Bereavement counselling for Jewish people. There are also support groups including:

  • Butterflies - for mothers or fathers who have lost a parent.
  • Aftershock - for people aged 18-30 who have lost a parent,
  • Stepping Stones - for those aged 40-60 who have lost a partner
  • After Loss - for people aged 60+ who have lost a partner.

The service has experience in supporting people affected by loss, including suicide, disaster, holocaust issues, sudden infant death, miscarriages, still birth and abortion.

Jewish Care

Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the South East. There are more than 70 centres and services, offering care for more than 10,000 people and their families every week. Jewish Care offers:

  • a helpline
  • dementia service
  • disability services
  • services for holocaust survivors and refugees
  • home care
  • support and social groups
  • mental health services
  • respite stays.

 

 

Jobs in Mind

Jobs in Mind provides specialist employment support and advice for those in Camden 25 and under struggling with work-related issues caused by stress, anxiety or mental health problems.

Kentish Town Health Centre

Various activites, art therapy, exibitions, creative projects, choir, fashion projects, dance group (Parkinsons). Community services, GPs on site, free space gallery, art therapy, well-being garden, dance for people with parkinson's, aromatherapy massage, cycle maintenance workshops, drawing for people with aphasia

Key Changes

We provide music engagement and recovery services in hospitals and the community for young people and adults experiencing mental health problems. Activities including music production and sound recording, songwriting, composition, vocal technique and performance skills.

King's Cross - Brunswick Neighbourhood Association

Our aim is to improve the quality of life of local residents through the active involvement of people living in the King’s Cross and Brunswick area of Camden. We aim to do this without making any distinction on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation and race, or of political, religious or other opinions. We have a Youth Team, Community Programme and help young women - programmes are designed to support residents so that they become more independent and confident.

Kingsgate Community Centre

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-21:00

Kingsgate Community Centre offers low-cost activities to people who would not otherwise be able to access them. Our programme of more than 45 activities includes health and fitness, art and dance classes, and social events.

 

Latin American House

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-18:00

Offers legal and social advice in relation to benefits, immigration, family, housing, and employment law, as well as opportunities to acquire life-long skills and a place to meet people, share ideas and enjoy the rich culture of Latin America.

Lisson Grove Choir

We are an amateur choir specialising in the polyphony and plainchant of the Roman Catholic church. Our home is the lovely church of Our Lady, in St John’s Wood, London. We have a huge collection of masses so music is rarely repeated within three years. This means that the members must be able to read music accurately. However, perfect sight reading is not absolutely necessary and a love of the genre is more important than encyclopaedic knowledge. 

Live Music Now

Live Music Now is a UK-wide initiative, created by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker. Our musicians deliver interactive music programmes in care homes and hospitals, and a range of community and healthcare settings. We also work in special schools, where music can make a huge difference to the lives of children and their families. Our specialist support and training provides young musicians with skills and employment at the start of their professional careers, across all genres of music.

London Irish Centre Community Services

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-17:00

Wellbeing Services (Day Centre). This runs three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Kennedy Hall at the The London Irish Centre - address opposite. The service is for people over the age of 55 with low-medium support needs. We offer a warm Irish welcome and provide:

  • Home cooked nutritious meals
  • Classes
  • Activities
  • Workshops
  • Healthy Living
  • Day trips
  • Holidays
  • Tea dances

Advice & Outreach

London Jesus Centre - improving the lives of homeless and vulnerably housed people

At the London Jesus Centre, our aim is to restore dignity and create community to some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in London. We are open to those of all faiths or of none. Our services focus on addressing the social and practical needs of the homeless and vulnerably housed, refugees and asylum seekers, the unemployed and people over 65.

London Natural Health Centre

London Natural Health Centre was founded in 1997 with a vision: to offer a wide range of natural health treatments to those working and living in Central London. Two decades on, we now offer one of the widest ranges of holistic therapies in the UK and continue to expand our practice.
 

London Nightline - 'students there for students'

We are a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London and Open University. You can talk to us about anything – big or small – in complete confidence. We won’t judge you or tell you how to run your life: we’ll simply listen to whatever is on your mind.

All our volunteers are students themselves, who have undergone extensive training and who understand that university life isn’t always plain sailing.

 

Mary Ward Legal Centre

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:30-17:30
We provide specialist advice and casework in the areas of debt, housing and welfare benefits. We also run free advice clinics with the support of volunteer lawyers in the following areas of law: employment, housing, tax, personal injury, consumer, general civil litigation. The premises are accessible by wheelchair.
 

Mates in Mind - improving mental health in the construction industry

Mates in Mind aims to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing in the UK construction industry. It is led by and for the industry in partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and British Safety Council, as well as with other leading organisations and charities such as Mind, Samaritans and Mental Health First Aid England.

Maytree - supporting people in suicidal crisis

Maytree is a registered charity supporting people in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting. Our mission is to alleviate suffering and help people in suicidal crisis to re-engage with life and to restore hope.  The Maytree Suicide Respite Centre is the only place of its kind in the UK.  It 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 befriended and heard in complete confidence, without judgement and with compassion and warmth.  

Mental Health Champions

Mental Health Champions are community workers or volunteers who aim to increase mental health awareness among Black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) groups.

They are often of a similar background or culture to the communities they work with.  

Champions help to break down stigma and ignorance surrounding mental health issues by talking about mental health; delivering information, advice and guidance; raising awareness and knowledge of services through various activities including workshops, discussions and role plays.

Mind in Camden Phoenix Wellbeing & Recovery Service

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 10:30-16:30

A range of coproduced activities: peer support; goal setting; counselling; individual, practical, emotional and crisis support; mindfulness groups; access to information technology; subsidised meals; special events; trips. Also includes Hearing Voices Groups.  There is also a range of workshops and social spaces available. Here is the July - September 2018 programme.

Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:30-20:00

Nafsiyat offers high quality community-based psychotherapy for people from different cultural backgrounds based in London. Therapeutic help is offered to individuals, families, children and adolescents experiencing psychiatric problems, emotional strain and sexual problems. It also offers training and development of intercultural therapy, working with a number of prestigious universities, colleges and training agencies in London. Read more about our services.

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Galop

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 10:00-17:00

Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical - it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don't suffer in silence.

Galop also provides London-specific casework services for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse, hate crime or sexual violence. Call 020 7704 2040 or email advice@galop.org.uk. 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
 

New Horizon Youth Centre

Providing a lifeline for London's homeless and vulnerable youths, our day centre offers:

  • a free employment, education and training programme
  • health, fitness and wellbeing services
  • a range of personal development workshops for young people

We also offer lifeskills workshops, health checks, sport and physical activity, women’s group, men’s group, family mediation, job searching and employment help (for people not currently in employment, education or training), support for substance misuse, and counselling.

NHS Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Lifespan service

We provide specialist assessment and treatment for people of all ages with autistic spectrum conditions (ASD) and learning disabilities, who experience psychological difficulties linked to their condition. We aim to help people with:
 
  • autism spectrum conditions and related neurodevelopmental difficulties
  • learning disabilities (including borderline or unclearly defined)
  • brain injury, sensory and other neurological and neuropsychological difficulties

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

  • Advice on immigration, housing, benefits and employment
  • Health and counselling services
  • English classes and 1-2-1 tuition, IT support and creative workshops.
We run a drop-in café twice a week offering a warm welcome, a meal and clothes. All of our services are provided free of charge to anyone who is destitute or has a low-income threshold.

Nubian User Forum

The Nubian Users’ Forum (NUF) is an independent group within Camden and Islington for African and African/Caribbean people, who use or have used mental health and substance misuse services. NUF works to combat the social stigmas associated with mental health and raises awareness of the isolation, racism, discrimination and over-medication experienced by those within this group. Members help shape the commissioning and development of statutory and voluntary services in and out of the borough. 
 

Opening Doors London - to let older LGBT people know they are not alone

Opening Doors London (ODL) provides information and support services specifically for older LGBT people in the UK. We are a membership organization providing regular social opportunities across the capital to help develop networks and communities for LGBT people, aged over 50. Members receive a monthly newsletter packed with information and listings for activities and events around the capital, to help build support and social inclusion.

Our Three Points

We are a diverse network of people aged 60+ in the Gospel Oak and Haverstock areas, working together to build connections between local people, places and nature. We work together to offer a range of activities promoting sociability, community involvement and a strong voice for people aged 60+. Activities take place at different locations across Camden. What are Our Three Points?
  • Our voices - raising the voices of people aged 60+ to ensure they have a say in issues that affect them.

Papyrus, for prevention of young suicide

Suicide is the leading cause of young deaths in the UK. Papyrus believes that many young suicides can be prevented. We draw from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in our campaigns and in our endeavours to save young lives. Together we believe that with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented. Watch the introductory video about us. 
 

Photography Group, from Team around the Practice (TAP)

Group members take photographs and use them to express and reflect on their experiences. See how modern media can make it easier than ever to make and share images, and to use photography to help promote your personal wellbeing. Read more about TAP's Photography Group (and also TAP's Horticulture Group) to find out who it's for and the referral process if you are interested in taking part. Here is an introduction to TAP.

POhWER - London Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service

Our work in Camden includes Independent Health Complaints Advocacy for people who wish to make a complaint about treatment provided under the NHS, and Learning Disability Advocacy Services which support those living with a learning disability who need a 'voice' and helping hand to help them make choices. Read about how to get support from an advocate
 
 

 

Portugal Prints

Portugal Prints is a collective of artists based in Arlington House in Camden. We provide a non-clinical but highly therapeutic environment for people living with complex mental health difficulties. We use art as the platform for gaining a sense of purpose and self-development. By working collectively we bring people together, supporting them to build relationships and fulfil their potential.

Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest

We provide accommodation for seafarers - both active and retired - as well as ex-servicemen, and other adults in need of accommodation. Established as a Seamen’s Mission of the Methodist Church, Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest (QVSR) is now Britain’s largest provider of accommodation of its kind.

Queens Crescent Community Centre

Queens Crescent Community Centre runs services and activities for Camden residents, especially those living in Gospel Oak. We foster community development, acting as a hub for local people. Investing in the community and working in partnership with other organisations, we look to create opportunities that empower the community.

Recovery College - courses and workshops to aid your recovery

We offer recovery-focused courses and workshops. Self-management tools, to build up resilience and prevent wellbeing deterioration, are always part of each learning opportunity. We offer a range of courses falling into five topic areas: Introduction to recovery principles; Understanding experiences of health conditions; Physical health and wellbeing; Building self-confidence; and Returning to work and study. Check out the variety of courses on our website.

Refugee Therapy Centre

Currently closed. Next open:
Tue: 10:00-19:00

The Centre provides psychotherapy, counselling and associated treatments to refugees and asylum seekers in their own language. The Centre endeavours to help people to deal with and overcome psychological problems in a creative, supportive and caring environment in which they can better understand their feelings and experiences. Through this support they are able to feel more content about themselves. We offer individual, couple, family and group therapy, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy, based on an assessment of need. 

Remploy

Remploy is an organisation in the United Kingdom which provides employment placement services for disabled people. It is a major welfare-to-work provider, delivering a range of contracts and employment programmes, for people with substantial barriers to work.

How can Remploy help me?

A range of videos showcase the work undertaken by the company.

Resources for Autism - north London evening social group

Currently closed. Next open:
Tue: 18:30-20:30
This is a friendly group that meets weekly in Islington. The aim of the group is to improve confidence and practise social situations that members may find difficult. Every other week the group go out on a trip in the London area. Read more about the north London evening social group - discussion topics, trips out and activities that the group enjoys.

Rethink Mental Illness - advocacy and training

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-17:00

Advocacy. This independent mental health advocacy service in Camden supports people who have been assessed as lacking mental capacity to make important decisions and have no one to represent them. This may include people living with dementia or people with long-term mental health problems who do not have close friends or suitable support available to them.  We also offer a wide range of factsheets on a range of mental health topics. Call 020 3317 7197, 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday.

Routes Home - supporting London's non-UK rough sleepers

We work with non-UK nationals that are vulnerable, and not eligible to access services in the UK to assist in getting them off the streets. The service is run by St Mungo’s and commissioned by the Greater London Authority. 

If you are sleeping rough you can self-refer to Streetlink. There is also information on this site specifically for rough sleepers or those at risk of sleeping rough about how to return home.

Samaritans - Central London

Currently open
Sun: 9:00-21:00

The Central London branch provides emotional support round the clock for anyone experiencing feelings of distress, despair or who is in crisis. Samaritans provides a safe space. As volunteers we’re ordinary people, and keep all our conversations private. Visitors are welcome 365 days a year. You don't need an appointment and the service is completely free of charge.

Santé Refugee Mental Health Access Project

Our vision is for refugees and asylum seekers to have the freedom and opportunity to lead independent lives in a community, and our mission is to support refugees and asylum seekers in the London region, particularly those with mental health issues, to gain equal access to health and other essential services. We offer one-to-one befriending and advocacy, helping service users access services, integrate into the community and seek asylum. Many service users become volunteers.

Scotscare, the charity for Scots in London

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-17:00

We offer help with job seeking, housing, health, drugs and alcohol, counselling, debt and advocacy advice and services, and social events. Our team will spend time listening to you, considering what sort of support you need and how we may be able to help.  Here are some videos that show some of our work. And here are some stories from people Scotscare has helped.

Self Injury Support

Currently closed. Next open:
Tue: 19:00-21:30

National organisation supporting girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm. Our Resource Hub is a collection of guidance, research and useful educational tools from many different sources and provides a wealth of information for those that self-injure, concerned others and professionals.

Shelter

Substandard housing or homelessness can contribute to mental health problems or can make existing problems harder to manage. Shelter provides people with the best possible help to solve their housing problems. Free, accessible advice is available on our website, via the expert advisers on our helpline, and in our face-to-face advice centres.

Find out more by contacting Shelter's London Public Advice Line

SHP (Single Homeless Project)

Our service supports Camden residents who are in recovery from substance use issues. We will help you explore your education, training, volunteering or employment goals and develop a personal plan to help you achieve them. The support we offer varies and is tailored to your individual needs and aspirations. We offer:

SilverCloud

SilverCloud is recommended as one of the NHS’s Online mental health services. Once registered, you can choose which areas you want to focus on and complete modules at your own pace, where and when it suits you. You’ll also have access to a variety of tools that help you with setting goals, problem solving and other practical life skills. Read more about SilverCloud at NHS Choices.

Some Space - support if you are affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use

Some Space is a free and confidential friends and family service for adults aged 18+ in Camden.
 
We help Camden residents who are affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use to regain control over their life, whether or not the drug or alcohol user is also receiving help.
 
A person’s drug or alcohol misuse can have a big impact on people close to them. Relatives, partners and friends can find themselves feeling responsible, but unsure how to help, and are often in need of guidance and support themselves.

Somers Town Community Association

STCA is a locally managed organisation set in the heart of St Pancras and Somers Town. We offer a wide range of activities and services for children, young people and adults from across the community. Our users are people who live or work in the area and have been making decisions about what services we deliver for over 30 year. 
 

St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre

The St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre is a community centre offering health and wellbeing services to the St Pancras and Somers Town community, where local people help to co-design, deliver and use projects that tackle their own health, wellbeing, economic and social issues. The centre offers wide-ranging support and resources for local residents, around all aspects of health – from physical to mental health, ageing education to financial health education, professional training, counselling, career-advancing volunteering opportunities and more.

St Pancras Community Association

We are a community association offering a range of activities for all ages, including events for those 60 years and over such as bingo and yoga classes, 'knit and natter', and we also host a befriending scheme. Our priorities include reducing the impact of isolation among people over 60, promoting healthy life styles - especially through encouraging regular exercise - and creating a sense of local ownership, by giving people more say in what is happening in their community.​

Streetlink's No Second Night Out

No Second Night Out (NSNO) was launched as a pilot project aimed at ensuring those who find themselves sleeping rough in central London for the first time need not spend a second night on the streets. Our aim is to ensure that there is a rapid response to new rough sleepers, and that they are provided with an offer that means they do not have to sleep out for a second night.

Stuart Low Trust - a 'welcoming place of support'

Stuart Low Trust (SLT) is a health promotion charity based in Islington, but open to all. Our mission is to ensure that local people, especially those experiencing social isolation or mental distress, have access to the support they need for better health and wellbeing.  We run a variety of activities, the majority of which are free or low cost. Most activities are evening and weekend events based in and around Islington. Watch the introductory video and check-out our forthcoming events.

Studio Upstairs

Studio Upstairs provides a place for people to express their talents through the arts who, for reasons of mental health difficulties or emotional distress, choose not to participate in traditional arts institutions. Providing artistic resources and education within a therapeutic community setting, we challenge the stigma and prejudice projected onto those experiencing mental and emotional distress.

Swiss Cottage Community Centre

Currently open
Sun: 10:00-18:00

Swiss Cottage Community Centre provides facilities for recreation and leisure-time activities with the aim of maintaining and improving the conditions of life for the residents of Swiss Cottage. There are activities and support for the over 60s including a social club and exercise, a dedicated play area for under 5's, language classes including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), a range of holistic therapies, room hire, and a community cafe with outdoor terrace. 

Talk for Health

Talk for Health was set up to teach the skills and attitudes that allow for more deeply connective talk between people. We help individuals talk more openly, listen more deeply and improve their communication skills. Our programmes are for anyone who wants to understand themselves better, become more effective communicators, enjoy greater emotional well-being, and hone their skills in supporting others.

Tavistock Pizza N’Chat group

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 16:30-18:00
Tavistock 'Pizza’N’Chat' is an informal 'drop-in' space to talk about and be involved in developing Mental Health Services for young people in Camden, who are aged 12 years or older.
 
Led by the Involvement Team they find fun and interesting ways to engage young people through activities such as street art, tech development, magic training, film and movement. Friends and family members are also welcome and free pizza is provided, sponsored by Franco Manca.
 

The Hive: 1-2-1 support and drop-in

Designed for and created by young people, The Hive in Camden supports young people with education, employment, housing, sexual health, substance misuse and health and wellbeing.
 
We also offer a space to relax, study, take part in events and activities, meet new people and get information about local services.
 
We employ a team of young people who are trained to help other young people in many areas of their lives and who can relate to the challenges that young people face on their journey to adulthood.
 

The Manna - drop-in for homeless and marginalised people

Currently closed. Next open:
Tue: 19:00-21:00

The Manna is the outreach ministry of St Stephen's, Canonbury. We offer a drop-in for homeless and marginalised people, offering friendship, advice and support. Evening meals are offered on a Tuesday and lunch on a Wednesday. We have an alcohol worker and connections to the Islington Outreach team. We have a clothes store, showers, a washing machine and tumble drier (£1 per wash). Activities include gardening, cooking classes, women's group, art, choir, table tennis, pool and poetry group.

The Passage - for homeless and vulnerable people

We run London’s largest voluntary sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people. We welcome and treat clients with respect and dignity, and find out what they need and want.

We offer professional and appropriate advice and help according to the client’s needs and aspirations. We agree an action plan with clients which is time-limited with the aim of supporting clients out of homelessness.

Our mission is to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. We do this by:

Third Age Project

We serve people in Camden, 60 years and over, on low incomes, who live on their own, are socially isolated or who may be living with a long-term health condition or disability. Activities include weekly socials, computer classes, craft, signing, chair-based excecises and health talks. Our members also benefit from reduced priced events, tea dances and coach trips. We work closely with the West Euston Time Bank (a sister organisation and charity) that has members of all ages, backgrounds and ethnic origins.

 

TOP UK - The OCD and Phobia Charity

TOP UK runs a network of self-help therapy groups for people living with phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and other related anxiety disorders. Our groups use a type of behaviour therapy which is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles and the work of Professor IM Marks. In many cases there is a long waiting list for therapy on the NHS but you should be able to access a TOP group immediately.

Traumatic Stress Clinic, St Pancras Hospital

Our services provide evidence-based psychological treatment for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is an anxiety disorder which can be caused by stressful or frightening events. Our team also offer supervision, consultation and support to other services in C&I and community organisations on understanding and managing the condition. We have been commissioned to offer consultation and psychological care following major traumatic incidents. Age range treated: 18+
 
 
 
 

United Response

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 9:00-17:30

United Response provides a range of support services for adults and young people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health needs or physical disabilities. This includes person-centred support, help with job seeking, living independently, getting out and undertaking social activities, holidaying and keeping in touch with family. We help support someone to have a full life within the community.

VoiceAbility - Camden service user group for mental health and substance misuse

VoiceAbility hosts Camden frontline's mental health and substance service user group. We want to make mental health and drug and alcohol services in Camden better for others and we need to hear about your experiences so that they can help shape better provision in the future. Join Camden Frontline and help improve drug and alcohol services in Camden. Read about opportunities to get involved in Camden. 

Voluntary Action Camden

Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) is Camden’s Council for Voluntary Service. It is an independent charitable organisation and our mission is to work with the people of Camden to support, develop and promote voluntary and community activity.  
 
VAC supports voluntary and community groups so that local people and communities can continue to benefit from a thriving voluntary and community sector.

WAY - Widowed & Young

WAY offers a unique peer-to-peer support network to anyone whose partner died when they were young. We also have lively social groups that meet up throughout the year for drinks, meals out, walks and picnics. 

If you have a question or would like to find out more about WAY, please contact us.

Wellbeing Club - (Chinese Mental Health Association)

Currently closed. Next open:
Mon: 12:00-16:00

The Wellbeing Club is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at Chinese Elders who wish to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Through our programme of fun and informative activities, talks and exercise classes, we wish to give attendees the awareness, knowledge and means to improve their own health and so prevent more acute problems from arising later in life. The Wellbeing Club is also a safe, friendly and open social space, giving our attendees a platform to make new friends.

West Euston Partnership - Improving local people’s opportunities in health, employment and community life

The partnership aims to improve local people’s opportunities in health, employment and community life. We deliver a highly successful careers advice service that covers the London Borough of Camden. Our One Stop Shop is a safe and supportive environment with free computer access and study facilities and our wellbeing projects are a vital force for promoting health and social cohesion. Read more about our work and sign up for the monthly newsletter.

 

West London Day Centre

Our drop in centre provides immediate services to alleviate the hardships experienced by those sleeping rough. We offer hot breakfasts, showers, laundry, clothing store, haircuts, luggage storage and mail collection as well as access to health workers.

We assess everyone individually and work out the best way to assist - our aim is to get them off the streets and back into accommodation as quickly as possible.

Whittington Hospital, Speech and Language Therapy (Adults) Mental Health Team

A specialist speech and language therapy team from Whittington Health NHS Trust offers direct help and support to adults with mental health problems who are experiencing communication and/or eating and swallowing difficulties both as in-patients and for people living in the community who are receiving services from Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust.

Women Like Us Camden

Support finding work that fits with their family. Women Like Us Camden provide:

  • affordable career support workshops
  • free face-to-face support for those on very low incomes
  • a range of free online resources for women, prepared by professional coaches.