This page provides a list of contacts that may be helpful to service users and professionals.
Christmas can be a really challenging time of year for many of us and living with a mental health problem can make coping even more difficult.
To those of you who might be struggling, or supporting someone who is struggling, here are some of the ways you can find support and information during the holidays -
Elefriends is a really supportive online community where you can be yourself, share and be heard. There is someone on hand to speak to you every night till midnight.
Mind Infoline has information on treatments and where to get help. It is open at different times for the holidays.
Mind's A-Z of mental health information covers over 100 topics, including coping tips for a range of diagnoses, and ways that family and friends can support.
If you feel unsafe, remember the emergency services are there to support you. See Mind's crisis care page for more information and other ways to get support in a crisis.
A new innovative and exciting enterprise set up and run by creative people recovering from long term mental health problems.
Heart Reach is a wonderful opportunity to build a community of like minded people who enjoy making and selling artwork and crafts.
☎: 07951 309 156 (Amanda Lyddon)
Afghan Association Paiwand supporting Afghans, Refuges and Migrants through different projects (Mental health advocacy, community advocacy, immigration, housing, youth, mentoring and education) using one stop service delivery approach. The aim of Paiwand Mental Health Advocacy Project is to improve and maintain the emotional wellbeing of the afghan refugees and migrants by providing talks and workshops, therapy, signposting and befriending services.
☎: 07476 351 734 or 0208 905 8770
Address: Afghan Association Paiwand, 10th Floor, Hyde House, The Hyde, London NW9 6LH.
The borough's only bipolar support group - meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the New Barnet Community Centre, Victoria Road, New Barnet. Our meetings are open to professionals, friends, family, friends and those who believe they are bipolar. Guest speakers attend each meeting to talk about their specialist work involving mental health like psychiatrists, benefits advisers, representatives of other mental health support groups in Barnet. We encourage the sharing of experiences in the belief that the therapeutic value of one person with mental health challenges helping another is without parallel. The newcomer and the visitor with an inquiring mind are the most important people at all our meetings.
🌐: Barnet Bipolar Group Website
Address: New Barnet Community Centre, 45-50 Victoria Road, New Barnet, EN4.
Blue Sky is a social enterprise with a difference - we only employ ex-offenders. Offering a proper job with a proper company, we aim to break the cycle of re-offending and challenge perceptions about ex-offenders, achieving real and long-term benefits for society.
☎: 01895 839 848
Address: Colne Valley Park Centre, Denham Court Drive, Denham, Uxbridge, UB9 5PG.
The Carers Centre works for informal carers off all ages who live in, or care for someone in, Barnet. It runs a number of services including: Helpline and drop in, monthly Bulletin, Carers Needs Assessments, wellbeing sessions, support groups, film nights, training, counselling, short break support, information and signposting, emotional support, a project to support and enhance the transition to adulthood for carers aged 14 to 25, and a range of support for young carers aged 5 to 18 (one-to-one support for young carers experiencing family substance misuse issues, youth club sessions, trips, group activities, counselling, and tutoring). It also has the Community and Home Support Service for those informal carers who wish to have Care Workers as paid support.
Adult Carers Outreach and Support Team -
☎: 020 8343 9698
Barnet Young Carers and Siblings -
☎: 020 8432 2092
Community and Home Support Service -
☎: 020 8432 2091
Address: 3rd Floor, Global House,
303 Ballards Lane, London N12 8NP
We are a peer-led organisation, with nearly all of our directors and staff having personal experience of disability. Our work promotes inclusion and independent living, so disabled people can have choice and control over their lives. We believe in the social model of disability, which means that society creates disability by failing to include people with impairments.
☎: 020 8359 2444
Address: Inclusion Barnet, Independent Living Centre, c/o Barnet and Southgate College, 7 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, London NW9 4BR.
Barnet Depression Alliance is a local self help group for people living in Barnet who suffer from depression. We meet regularly in North Finchley where we provide a confidential safe space for people to share their experience of depression, support and encourage each other and to share information. We are part of the national charity, Depression Alliance.
☎: 07541 187 907 (Barnet group mobile)
☎: 020 8215 2465 (Mind - Depression Alliance)
🌐: Mind & Depression Alliance
🌐: Barnet Depression Alliance
BRS works in partnership with individuals and agencies to improve the quality of life and promote the physical, social and mental well-being of refugees and asylum seekers who live, work or study within Barnet and neighbouring boroughs, helping to reduce health inequalities, social exclusion and poverty and enabling integration. We provide advice, information and support to asylum seekers and refugees on a variety of issues including asylum support, housing, welfare benefits, education, immigration matters (OISC Level 1) and health. Our other activities include, ESOL classes, Women's Group, Men's Group, Youth Activities including social club, Volleyball and football club, Volunteering opportunities and Emergency support to destitute asylum seekers.
☎: 020 8905 9002
Address: 2nd Floor Podium, Hyde House, The Hyde, Colindale, London NW9 6LH.
CMHA provide a wide variety of Mental Health and Wellbeing services to improve the mental health and quality of the Chinese community in London and the UK. Our mother tongue services are aimed at improving the mental health awareness in the community to promote healthy lifestyles and assist our services users and members to access services. Our services include a Counselling service in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Befriending and Social Clubs, a Wellbeing Club with Tai Chi Exercise, bilingual health talks and dance classes, a supported Employment Project for mental health sufferers, and a Floating Support Housing service to promote supported independent living.
☎: 020 7613 1008
Address: 2/F Zenith House, 155 Curtain Road, EC2A 3QY.
There are so many reasons why anyone could find themselves struggling financially. At Turn2us, we know that often it’s an unexpected event that can have the biggest impact on your life and working out where to get help can be very difficult. In a time of change or crisis, you need to know where you stand.
That’s where we come in.
Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.
☎: 0808 802 2000 (9am - 8pm Monday to Friday)
Address: Turn2us, Hythe House, 200 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7NL.
Every Wednesday evening 6.45pm - 8.45pm
☎: 07980 539 021 (Sandra)
☎: 07947 713 306 (Peter)
Address: 55 Christchurch Avenue, North Finchley, London N12 0DG.
Mind Matters Barnet provide talking therapies to people experiencing common mental health issues.
☎: 0300 222 5940
If you need help in a crisis please contact either the Barnet, Enfield or Haringey Crisis Resolution Teams:
☎: Barnet - 020 8702 4040
☎: Enfield - 020 8702 3800
☎: Haringey - 020 8702 6700
🌐: Mind Matters Barnet
Address: 1st Floor Westgate House, Edgware Community Hospital, Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware, London, HA8 0AD.
Key areas of work include: Persian library, Information and Advice on Health, Welfare and Legal matters, Cultural and Befriending Club 'Barbad' (providing the 60+ and family and friends lunch parties - particularly useful in tackling isolation and preventing mental health problems), Education information, advice and networking and Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Our services primarily help the most deprived Persian speakers but are open to all communities especially asylum seekers, refugees and other newcomers, many of whom suffer from isolation, and need advice on how to access welfare, health, legal and education services. Some have mental health problems caused or accentuated by dislocation, or experiences of persecution and torture.
Farsophone's Counselling and Psychotherapy service (FCS), including family and relationship counselling, at Edgware Community Hospital is of tremendous benefit to this, rather large, group. (see below for contact details of FCS.)
☎: 020 8905 5522
Address: Golders Green Library, 156 Golders Green Road, London NW11 8HE.
FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don't). For friendly, confidential advice. Talk to FRANK.
☎ 0300 123 6600 (Live Chat 2pm - 6pm)
✉: Email Frank
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We offer our support to Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) communities to promote their mental health and wellbeing in a linguistically and culturally appropriate way through counselling, advocacy and workshops.
☎: 020 8732 6655
Mind In Barnet provides Counselling, Advocacy, Information and Advice for people with mental health issues who live in the Borough of Barnet.
☎: 020 8343 5700
Address: Mind In Barnet, 55 Christchurch Avenue, North Finchley, London N12 0DG.
Relationship problems can cause a lot of distress in families. Relate can support individuals, couples and families experiencing a wide range of difficulties.
☎: 020 8427 8694
✉: Contact Us
Rethink is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by severe mental illness, whether they have a condition themselves, care for others who do, or are professionals or volunteers working in the mental health field.
Rethink provides a wide range of community services including employment projects, supported housing, day services, helplines, residential care, and respite centres.
☎: 0300 5000927
National support -
(24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone.
☎: 116 123
🌐: Samaritans Website
🌐: Samaritans (North London) Website
Address: 191a Bowes Road, London, N11 2HN.
WDP is a vibrant and innovative drug and alcohol charity committed to helping those who are affected by substance misuse.
For over 25 years we have provided support to individuals, their families and the wider communities from centres across London, the South East and East of England.
We believe with the right support people can make long-lasting transformations in their lives to improve health, wellbeing and social integration.
☎: 0300 303 2866
Address 1: Barnet Recovery Centre (Finchley), 42a Hendon Lane, East Finchley, N3 1TT.
Address 2: Barnet Recovery Centre (Edgware), Ground Floor, Dennis Scott Unit, Edgware Community Hospital, Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware, HA8 0AD.
Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm.
☎: 0808 800 8088
Tuesday to Thursday from 7pm-10pm
Sunday to Thursday from 7pm-9pm
Community Focus (CF) is an inclusive multi-arts centre based in Barnet. We work to encourage members of our community of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to participate in the arts, to gain confidence and to challenge barriers through integration and innovation. As an inclusive organisation, we are receptive to the needs of our community. We remain flexible and open to new partnerships. If you have an idea for a project, speak to a member of our team and we will try to find a way to realise your vision. A key strand of our strategy is to remain flexible and open to new partnerships. We have developed long-standing relationships with artists of the highest calibre. Many of our artists are Royal College of Art (RCA) graduates.
☎: 020 3743 2326 (Rossana Christianson)
Address: Community Focus, Friary House, Friary Park, Friary Road, Friern Barnet, London, N20 0NR.