70 Years of the NHS NHS Kingston

Healthy minds

Time to Change pledges

More than 40 people made written pledges to help end mental health discrimination at our Time to Change event in Market Square, Kingston.

As many as one in four people will experience some kind of mental illness at some point in their lives, whether that’s stress, depression, anxiety or other conditions.

Time to Change

To make a pledge online visit the Time to Change website

What causes mental illness?

Mental health and well-being is influenced by many factors, including childhood experiences, life events, levels of social support, adequate housing, employment, financial security and access to appropriate health care.  

What to do if you’re feeling low

Everyone feels low from time to time but fortunately there are lots of organisations around who can help.

Contact your GP

Your GP will often be your first point of contact. They are able to give you advice and sign post you to the relevant support, whether that’s advice on lifestyle, accessing a range of therapies or putting you in touch with another organisation.

Self-refer to Kingston i Cope

You can now also refer yourself to Kingston i Cope, Kingston’s psychological therapies service  where you will find free, confidential help for problems such as stress, worry, depression and insomnia.

Referrals can be made on the online referral form or by telephone: 020 3317 7850

Support from other organisations

Local organisations including Mind in Kingston and Kingston Carers’ network can also give advice. Details of all of these can be found in our new Directory of Counselling Services in Kingston available for download to help you find the most appropriate care. These services come from a range of providers, each catering to different levels of mental wellbeing. 

 

For further information, contact Maryam Karim, Healthy Communities Officer - Mental Health Promotion, Kingston, email maryam.karim@kingston.gov.uk.

Plans for mental health services in Kingston

In Kingston we work with partners including Kingston Council to support people with mental illness in Kingston, and we directly provide services through GPs, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust.

It's a Kingston CCG priority to improve mental health services for local people and a number of steps are being taken to improve services.

Read more on how the commissioning group is improving mental health provision in Kingston.

 

Kingston’s new Mental Health Strategy

 

If you have perspectives to give on local mental health services you can contribute them online 

 

 Or contact Sophie Bird on 020 8974 6629 or email sophie.bird@healthwatchkingstonuponthames.org.uk

 

 

 

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, 2nd floor, Thames House,
180 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HU
Tel: 020 39419900
Email: kingstonccg.communications@swlondon.nhs.uk

NHS 111 NHS Choices