Emotional wellbeing

Gaia centre

The Gaia Centre is operating and accepting referrals for phone-based support for Lambeth residents who are survivors of gender-based abuse, including domestic and sexual abuse. This includes supporting people to flee and find alternative accommodation if they want this.

Contact the Gaia Centre to make a referral or for a survivor to self-refer: 020 7733 8724 / lambethvawg@refuge.org.uk.

Lambeth Council has updated their guidance on violence against women and girls to include coronavirus information and support.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline0808 200 247 / www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk. There are various ways to access confidential advice from the helpline and its number does not show on any itemised bill.

Emotional wellbeing

Our Parent and Infant Relationship team has lots of good advice on coping during lockdown.

Maternal Mental Health Alliance: looking after your mental health during pregnancy and after birth

Coronavirus and pregnancy FAQs from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Lambeth Talking Therapies – Links to online referrals for a range of online psychological therapies

Lambeth Council support - scroll down and click on emotional wellbeing

Home-Start Lambeth. Support and friendship for families. 

Covid-19 and Violence Against Women and Girls guide from Lambeth Council can be found here 

Government Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Childhood Bereavement Network - supporting children during the outbreak.

CAMHS: Routine CAMHS appointments are being held as phone reviews or video-calls although non-urgent appointments are subject to cancellation or rescheduling at short notice. Clinicians will decide whether urgent appointments need to be conducted face-to-face and will notify families accordingly. Families should not attend any face-to-face appointments if someone in the household has a cough, fever or shortness of breath, or may have been exposed to coronavirus.

If a child has an urgent mental health crisis, parents should call Lambeth CAMHS 9-5pm on 0203 228 7370, and speak to the duty worker. Out of working hours, they can contact the dedicated SLAM Mental Health Crisis Line on 0800 731 2864 or NHS 111.

A list of UK mental health helplines which support with a range of mental health challenges including anxiety and OCD: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

Mind, the UK mental health charity. A page devoted to supporting you through coronavirus

Rethink Mental Illness, a UK mental health charity. A page devoted to supporting you through coronavirus

Easy read information about coronavirus from Mencap

UK Mental Health Foundation. A series of free, helpful self-help guides to support you during this time, including one on how to talk to children about coronavirus

NHS Video to support with anxiety

Headspace: A free meditation app which now has a whole section dedicated to supporting people through coronavirus: www.headspace.com/covid-19

Infant crying: For advice and tips, check the ICON websiste

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SUPPORT FOR ADULTS IN LAMBETH: Please find details of local services at www.slam.nhs.uk/crisis

Institute of Health Visiting: Helpful parenting information dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of all families 


Online support group for any expectant or new(ish) parent in the London area struggling with their mental wellbeing. Parents can join every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. via Zoom (app can be downloaded onto phone, tablet or computer) to discuss all things pregnancy, new parenthood and mental health related. The group will be led by an experienced and trained peer supporter.

More information: https://cocoonfamilysupport.org/

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/263329262

HELPHUB: A group of qualified therapists who are giving their time freely during the Covid-19 pandemic to people who feel isolated and fearful. Individuals will be able to book a 20 minute chat on Skype, FaceTime or on the telephone. The website under construction as of 24th March but appointments should be bookable very soon: https://www.thehelphub.co.uk/

MUMSAID: MumsAid is offering two groups to enhance creativity, mindfulness and self-compassion during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are welcoming mums and pregnant women across the country to join MumsAid’s Online Journalling Group and the Mama Tune Online Chorus. Absolutely no skill or previous experience is necessary to join.

More information: ali@mums-aid.org / http://www.mums-aid.org 

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