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Get support

If you need help or advice you have lots of options:

  • If you can wait to see your GP they can help you find the best service for you
  • If you are under a mental health team follow your care plan if you have one, and call your care co-ordinator (or speak to a duty worker) during office hours
  • There are various local and national support services you can contact (see below).

Free 24-hour support services

Local support

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust mental health support line 0800 731 2864 for anyone in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham or Croydon. Calls will be answered by a nurse who can give advice on mental health, medication and accessing services

Solidarity in a crisis 0300 123 1922, or text 07595 864 103 or email Free emotional support for people living in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. The service is run by peer supporters who have their own experience of facing and overcoming crisis. Mon to Fri 6pm – 12 midnight, and Sat & Sun 12 midday – 12 midnight

National support

The Samaritans 116 123 is a national service (and you don't have to be suicidal to call for support)

Childline 0800 1111 or chat online to a counsellor. A free confidential line for children & young people (you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to)

FRANK 0300 123 6600 A free confidential helpline for anyone concerned about drug use. Chat online 2-6pm or read what to do if a friend or relative is having a bad reaction to a drug

NHS 111 call for urgent, but non-emergency advice

Emergency services 999 or find your nearest A&E

If you need help or support using Healthlocker, please email

For family, friends and carers

Local support

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust have a Carer FAQs resource, a handbook for families and guidance on confidentiality and sharing information with carers on their website

Southwark Carers offer 1:1 support, counselling, information on carers’ rights, leisure, educational and vocational activities. Call 020 7708 4497, email

Carers Hub Lambeth provide advice, information, emotional support, groups and events, and have a specialist team for young carers (under 18). Call 0207 501 8974, email

Carers Lewisham offer 1-1 support & advocacy, counselling, monthly drop-ins, groups on coping strategies and recovery, services for young carers and carers of people with dementia. Call 020 8699 8686, email

Croydon Carers' Information Service provide information, advice and run sessions and activities including benefits, pilates, employment, craft and social meetings. Call 020 8649 9339, email

National support

Carers UK are a national charity creating a supportive community and movement for change

Carers Trust are a national charity working to improve support, services and recognition for unpaid carers

Kidstime Foundation is a UK charity supporting children and young people affected by the mental health problems of a parent or sibling

Perinatal Information & Support

Perinatal OCD - This information is for anyone who wants to know about perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder (perinatal OCD)

Postpartum psychosis - For more information for patients and their families

Postnatal depression - This information is for anyone who wants to know more about postnatal depression

For Carers:

Perinatal OCD for carers - This information is for the partners, family and friends of any woman with Perinatal OCD

Postpartum psychosis for carers - For the partner, family and friends of any woman with Postpartum Psychosis

Postnatal depression for carers - This page aims to explain the symptoms of Postpartum Depression and to describe the care and treatment available

Family Action - Support and practical help for families affected by mental health problems and other challenges such as substance misuse and domestic violence.  Call 020 7254 6251 email

Family Lives - Charity offering advice for parents, grandparents and other relatives on all aspects of parenting. Helpline, volunteer befrienders, community support groups. Call 0808 800 2222

Support, Care & Treatment:

What are perinatal mental health services

Antipsychotic medication in pregnancy

Lithium in pregnancy and breastfeeding

Children's Social Services and Safeguarding

What is a Mother and Baby unit?


Mental Health in pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy

Links to further resources:

Best Beginnings - Best Beginnings' vision is that parents of all backgrounds have the knowledge and confidence to look after their own physical and mental health and to maximise their children's potential

Maternal OCD - Maternal OCD is a charity co-founded by two mothers, Maria Bavetta and Diana Wilson, who have experienced and recovered from extreme perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Maternal MH Alliance - The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is an independent charity and coalition of UK organisations with a vision to see all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth

International Marcé Society - Dedicated to supporting research and assistance surrounding prenatal & postpartum mental health for mothers, fathers and their babies

Break the silence - helps women and families experiencing mental distress in pregnancy and following childbirth access effective treatment

Action on Postpartum Psychosis - The national charity for women and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP)

APP's patient perspective on Puerperal Psychosis - 5 min video on Postpartum Psychosis

The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust - a registered charity which aims to help women and their families by raising awareness and providing information about postnatal depression/illness

Tommy's - Mental wellbeing in pregnancy – patient information written by midwives

The Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI) - Telephone helpline and information leaflets for women with postnatal mental illness. Also a network of volunteers (telephone and postal) who have experienced postnatal mental illness. Email: Call 020 7386 0868

Action on Postpartum Psychosis - A national charity for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis.  Provides information and peer support, including online forums and workshops

Beating Bipolar - An interactive internet based programme that aims to improve understanding of the condition. It includes video of professionals and people with lived experience of bipolar disorder.  Includes a module about pregnancy for women with Bipolar Disorder:

Bipolar Disorder, Pregnancy and Childbirth - Information about pregnancy and childbirth for women with Bipolar Disorder and their families. This guide has been produced by Action on Postpartum Psychosis, Bipolar UK and the National Centre for Mental Health.

Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy (BUMPS) -  Information leaflets for women and their partners about use of a medication in pregnancy.  Twitter support group: #Bumpsandmumsocdhr

Netmums - Information and support on many aspects pregnancy and parenting, including local resources

PANDAS - Antenatal and postnatal depression information and support for women and families. Support groups and helpline

PND and Me - Website and online support group for sufferers of perinatal mental illness with links to information and a range of resources around this topic.  Set up by a mum who had postnatal depression.  Includes peer support through Twitter: #PNDHour & #PNDChat 

National Childbirth Trust - Practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Antenatal and postnatal courses. Local networks where you can meet other parents.  Support line: 0300 330 0700