Mental Health

‘Mental health’ covers a wide range of illnesses affecting a high proportion of the population. New research has shown that there are five important factors in maintaining good mental health:

  1. Being connected to other people for emotional support.
  2. Being physically active can reduce the risk of depression.
  3. Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.
  4. Helping and supporting other people, and working with others towards a shared goal.
  5. Taking notice; evidence shows that what we do and the way we think have the biggest impact on wellbeing.

For more information about the Five Ways To Wellbeing click here



Look out for the Hounslow Health and Social Care Self Help Directory, currently in development, which will list local voluntary and community groups like EACH and Friends of Cathja that support people in Hounslow to manage and improve their mental health.

Hounslow IAPT work in partnership with West London Mental Health Trust, the Anchor Counselling Service and Twining Enterprise. Together they provide free talking therapy and employment support for people aged 18+ who are registered with a GP in the London Borough of Hounslow. For more information click here

Rethink Mental Illness provides support and advice for people living with mental illness, for more information click here

Together Working for Wellbeing is a support group providing services for people with mental health needs. These include: home-based support, advocacy work, criminal justice, mental health services and help with housing. For more information click here

Certitude supports people with learning disabilities and mental health needs, for more information click here

Depression Alliance is a charity for sufferers of depression. For more information click here

Depression UK is a website for depression sufferers, plus regular newsletter for members, for more information click here

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Bipolar UK
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)

Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.
Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm-11pm)
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Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

 The Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Information on child/ adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm)

Alzheimer’s Society
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Weekends, 10am-4pm)


Eating disorders

Phone: 0845 634 1414 (Mon-Thurs, 1.30pm-4.30pm)


 Learning disabilities

Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (for information on their services)



OCD Action
Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. Includes information on
treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)

A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news
and treatments.
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)


Panic and anxiety

No Panic
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Phone: 0800 138 8889 (daily, 10am-10pm)

Anxiety Alliance
Website and helpline for people who suffer from anxiety. Phone:  0845 296 7877  (10am-10pm every day)



Anxiety UK
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)