Mental health and wellbeing services
There are a number of local and national sources of support and advice to help you maintain good mental health and wellbeing should you be feeling anxious, under too much stress, having trouble sleeping, or struggling to cope. See the range of mental health and wellbeing services and support available to you below.
The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected all our lives and understandably many people will be feeling very anxious at the moment. Many of our services have adapted their approach to be able to support you online or over the phone during this time.
Barnet Wellbeing Hub
For people who would like mental wellbeing support, Barnet Wellbeing Hub (based at the Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT) has moved all of its service provision online and via phone, including yoga classes, virtual wellbeing cafes and emotional health checks.
To find out more call 03333 449088 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SilverCloud free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
If you are experiencing anxiety, stress and sleep difficulties, SilverCloud are providing a free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) support programme.
For further details visit their website
AgeUK Barnet COVID-19 help (over 55 years old)
Are you struggling to cope on your own or have you received a letter from the NHS stating you are part of the shielded group and are in need of support?
AgeUK Barnet can assist you with essential shopping, organising prescription delivery, befriending or accessing the handy person scheme.
Please get in touch with Age UK Barnet via email at email@example.com or call their helpline 020 8203 5040
Community Barnet Befriending Service (18 to 55 years old)
Barnet Friends is a befriending service delivered to those aged 18 to 55 in the Barnet community who would like to have a new connection and support with their wellbeing. They can support clients experiencing loneliness, isolation and clients experiencing mild, moderate and severe mental illness.
We welcome referral from other organisations and self-referrals.
For more information contact us on 020 8016 0016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find a referral form and more information on the Community Barnet website
Mind in Barnet IAPT
Mind in Barnet IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) are offering counselling support.
To find out more about this service, get in touch by calling 020 8343 5703 or emailing Counselling@Mindinbarnet.org.uk
Let’s Talk IAPT in Barnet
Let’s Talk Barnet IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) offers assessments and short-term therapy for people with mild to moderate low mood or anxiety to people aged 16 and over registered with a Barnet GP. People can refer themselves directly by visiting: email@example.com or calling 020 8702 5309
COVID-19 Bereavement Counselling and Support
Mind in Barnet are offering COVID-19 bereavement counselling and support for anyone who lives, works or studies in Barnet
To find out more about this service, get in touch by calling 020 8446 3676 or emailing Bereavement@mindinbarnet.org.uk
Secondary mental health services
Secondary care is services which generally will need a referral from a GP. Examples of secondary mental health services are hospitals, some psychological wellbeing services, community mental health teams (CMHTs), crisis resolution and home treatment teams (CRHTs), assertive outreach teams and early intervention teams.
If you are requiring secondary mental health service support and are not currently known to these services already please call 03000 200 500
If you are known to secondary mental health services in Barnet and requiring support from your care coordinator please contact your care coordinator or contact the BEHMHT (Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust) Hub on 03000 200 500
BEHMHT Crisis Resolution Team
If you require crisis mental health intervention and support please contact the BEHMHT (Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust) Crisis Resolution Team by calling 020 8702 4040
North Central London Support After Suicide Service
Support for people bereaved by suicide who live, work or study in the London Boroughs of Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.
The service supports people of any age but if children and young people are involved, the service will work with specialised agencies to ensure the right support services are in place.
The service offers one-to-one support as well peer group support by a Suicide Bereavement Worker and a volunteer with lived experience of bereavement by suicide.
For more information visit: www.rethink.org/ncl-supportaftersuicide
Get in touch:
Call: 07483 368 700
Samaritans is a safe place for you to talk at any time, in your own way, about whatever is getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal.
Call: 116 123 for free
Crisis Text Line UK
Shout an affiliate of Crisis Text Line® in the UK that provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. It’s the first free 24/7 texting service in the UK for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Shout is available in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
National mental wellbeing resources and crisis helplines
Good Thinking is a London-wide NHS digital wellbeing service designed to support low-level mental health needs. It offers digital self-assessment followed by a range of personalised, clinically approved digital and local interventions based on your preferences and location.
Self-isolation can be a frustrating and lonely time. For tips on how to stay well if you’re self-isolating at home, visit the MIND website.
Every Mind Matters
The One You Every Mind Matters website has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, from advice to other support helplines.
Sleepio is an online self-help programme to help reset sleeping patterns without relying on sleeping pills. There are six core sessions and each takes about 30 mins. It requires a time commitment over a 6 – 8 week period. You can access Sleepio via the Good Thinking website.
NHS Moodzone is an NHS mental health and wellbeing resource containing advice, mood self-assessments, self-help materials and treatments and other people’s stories.
If you are experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression or stress, or are struggling to deal with problems such as debt, disrupted sleep or relationship breakdowns that may be affecting your mental health at work, Able Futures could give you support from a mental health professional who will help you make a plan to help your mental health, so you can feel better and have more good days.
Able Futures delivers the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service, which can give you a mental health professional to talk to about whatever is on your mind. Support takes place via phone or online via Microsoft Teams.
You must be:
- aged 16 years or over
- in work, on an apprenticeship, about to start work or furloughed
- living in Great Britain
- experiencing mental health difficulties that impact your work
Apply for support or call the freephone number: 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10:30pm Monday to Friday.
There’s no charge to use the service and, over 9 months, support from Able Futures can help you learn how to take care of yourself so can feel more able to tackle issues, feel better and learn new ways to manage your mental health throughout the ups and downs of life.
Things to do
Keep active at home
The NHS has 24 free instructor led videos covering aerobics, strength and resistance and Pilates and yoga at the online NHS Fitness Studio
Short on time? Read these handy 10-minute exercises
Practicing mindfulness can help calm anxieties should you start to feel overwhelmed. There are several freely available apps:
- Insight Timer: Insight timer for Apple IOS or Insight Timer for Android
- Headspace: Headspace for Apple IOS or Headspace for Android
- Calm:Calm for Apple IOS or Calm for Android
Online Mindful Yoga & Movement classes with Inclusion Barnet
Inclusion Barnet are now offering free mindful yoga and movement classes online.
Other community wellbeing support
- Employment or benefits support call BOOST on 0208 359 2442
- Debt or legal advice call Citizens Advice Barnet on 0300 456 8365
- Dementia support call Alzheimer’s Society on 0203 725 3001
- if you have a learning disability or Autism call Barnet Mencap on 0208 349 3842
- if you are a carer call Barnet Carers Centre on 0208 343 9698
- Disabled People Peer Support call Touchpoint Barnet on 0203 475 1314
- if you need Personal Assistance use PA Choices, NHS Choices search or care directory
- Jewish Care call 020 8922 3222
- Grants and financial support
- Home library service
- if you have a hearing impairment the Jewish Deaf Association (JDA), (open to all faiths) staff and volunteers are communicating using FaceTime to alleviate isolation. For people who are unable to communicate with their GP, hospital or pharmacies, JDA can liaise with them using FaceTime and phone on their behalf to make arrangements. JDA has a group of volunteers who are supporting with shopping and could possibly assist with prescription collection from pharmacies and deliveries, if essential
- if you are living with hearing loss and need practical advice, help and support visit Action on Hearing Loss
- if you are blind, partially sighted or experiencing problems with your sight and need support, please visit the Barnet Borough Sight Impairment Group or Middlesex Association for the blind