Free & Low-Cost Counselling
The organisations below offer free or low cost counselling for Lambeth residents. Some organisations have a sliding scale of fees based on your income or they may have a waiting list that you can join. You can also access free counselling through Lambeth IAPT.
Waterloo Community Counselling
Low-cost counselling according to income (New rates from 1st April 2016). Free Multi-Ethnic Counselling in a range of languages for refugees and asylum-seekers living in south London and members of BME communities living in Lambeth & Southwark. Waterloo Community Counselling is a partner of Lambeth IAPT.
Barley Mow Clinic
Frazier St. SE1 7BD
T: 020 7928 3462
The Low Cost Counselling Centre
Wandsworth Association of Psychotherapists
293 Balham Rd. SW17 7BE
T: 020 8767 2828
The Albany Trust Centre
Fees on a sliding scale according to income, some low cost places. The Albany Trust Centre specialises in issues related to sexuality and gender.
293A Balham High Rd. SW17 7BE
T: 020 8767 1827
The Awareness Centre
Low-cost counselling for people on low income, state benefits; students aged over 18 and those registered as disabled. The Awareness Centre is a partner of Lambeth IAPT.
41 Abbeville Rd, SW4 9JX
T: 020 8673 4545
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Ongoing Mental Health Issues
Mosaic Clubhouse provides support and opportunities to people living with a mental health condition. Free for Lambeth residents who suffer from an ongoing mental illness and are aged 18-65.
65 Effra Road
T: 020 7924 9657
Lambeth Peer Support Network helps people with mental health needs to support each other to stay well. The activities they offer include a Men's Union, Women's Group, social media workshops and crisis workshops. Free coffee & cake Wednesdays 10am-11.30am and Fridays 3pm-4.30pm
107 Railton Road
T: 0207 737 2888
Living Well Network Hub
Lambeth Living Well Network Hub can direct local people to community based support for mental health and wellbeing.
Streatham Job Centre Plus
T: 0203 691 5080
Living Well Network at St. Luke's Hub
New weekly sessions where you can come for an informal 15-minute assessment of your mental health needs. You can self-refer and make an appointment. Tuesdays 10am-1pm
St Luke’s Hub
25a Wincott St. SE11 4NT
T: 020 7735 5802
Acute Mental Health Issues
SLAM 24-Hour Helpline
If you, a family member or friend need urgent help or advice, contact the free South London & Maudsley 24-hour mental health support line on 0800 731 2864.
Solidarity in a Crisis
Solidarity in a Crisis is a user and carer service. It provides out of hours support over the phone and in person. Peer Supporters run the service, they have experience of facing and overcoming mental health crises.
Monday to Friday 6pm to 12 midnight
Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 12 midnight
Freephone: 0300 123 1922
SHARP Team Lambeth
Specialist mental health professionals focused on recovery and well-being for people using mental health services in Lambeth. Offers therapies focused on body, mind, and social inclusion. To be referred, ask your care coordinator or consultant.
T: 0203 228 7050
Support for Young People
The Well Centre
A youth health centre, where you can drop-in to see a youth worker, counsellor or doctor. No appointment needed, just turn up, to discuss any of your health concerns or worries in a safe and confidential space. For young people aged 13-20.
16 Wellfield Road
Streatham SW16 2BP
T: 020 8473 1581
OASIS offers advice, support and treatment for young people suffering psychological distress aged 14 to 35 and living in south London.
Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
190 Kennington Lane SE11 5DL
T: 0203 228 7200
The 5 Ways to Mental Wellbeing
The New Economics Foundation developed the 5 Ways to Wellbeing in 2008. They are simple steps that we can all learn from to help improve our mental wellbeing (and that don't have to involve spending money!).
The steps are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. The NHS has produced a short video that explains the principles.
Mental Health & Creativity
Offers affordable, healthy menu each week, and activity groups to develop mental, physical and creative well-being. All free and open to all. Open every Monday from 12 midday to 8.30pm.
Crypt of St George the Martyr Church
Borough High St
T: 07813 900 062
Run by and for adults with experience of mental distress. Offering workshops, self advocacy, volunteering, guided walks, exhibitions. See website for blogs their cooking club, local walks and poetry. You can self-refer to use this service.
Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Rd
T: 020 7701 2696
CoolTan Arts Well Being Service
Free service. Meet with a Wellbeing Adviser and develop a wellbeing plan, followed by regular appointments. Your GP can refer you to this service. Fridays 10am – 1pm
Lambeth Walk Group Practice
5 Lambeth Walk
T: 020 7701 2696 or 020 7735 4412
Free Mindfulness Project
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation. It can be useful for relieving stress and worry. You can find out more and learn some methods for free online.
Here is a link to some online resources that you can use on your computer, mobile device or download. Visit: freemindfulness.org