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It's OK to not be OK

10 October is World Mental Health Day. Find out where in Camden you can get help with your mental health.

One in four of us will have a mental health problem at some point in our lives. When we’re physically sick, we reach out for help from our family and friends, the pharmacy or our GP.

In the same way, when we’re feeling stressed, worried, depressed or anxious, we need to look for support.

A good place to start is your GP. But if you don’t feel like talking to your GP, there are other ways to get help in Camden.

Free, confidential help

iCope offers help to adults with stress, worry, depression or insomnia. You’ll learn ways to help yourself so that you feel more able to cope. You can contact iCope directly, if you’re registered with a Camden GP.

Help to get a job

Do you want support to keep working or get back into work? Mental Health Working helps people who have mental health conditions get ready for work, find a job and keep it. It can include one-to-one support sessions with an employment advisor, training workshops, online help and more.

A safe place to hang out

Axis @ the Hive offers help to young people aged 16 to 24 who want emotional support and a safe and welcoming place to relax, as well as advice and support about local services, a chance to meet new people and take part in activities.

Mental health and wellbeing hub

The Camden Hub offers six to eight weeks of targeted mental health support, free of charge. It is open to anyone over 18 who lives in Camden. You can contact them directly or ask your GP or an organisation you’re already in contact with to refer you to the service.

After an assessment, you’ll work closely with a member of staff to find the type of support that works for you, like music and dance classes or mindfulness courses. Every week, the centre will help you track your progress and come up with different support if what you’re doing isn’t working for you.

Support for parents at children’s centres

If you’re pregnant or a parent with a child under five and you’re feeling low, anxious or lonely, there’s help at our children’s centres. Drop by and let staff know. They’ll be able to help. There’s free one-to-one support as well as activities for you and your child. You can meet other parents, get help to find a job, receive money, advice and more.

Advice and help for older people

Age UK Camden offers a range of mental health support for older people in Camden, including group therapy, psychotherapy and counselling. They also provide support and advice for older people who are struggling with early stage dementia or Alzheimer's disease, or those who are experiencing memory loss, and their families.

Do you feel you can’t go on?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope, here are people who can help.