City residents and workers signposted to mental health and wellbeing services

People who live and work in the City of London are being encouraged to take advantage of local mental health and wellbeing services.

There are a range of friendly, supportive, and accessible organisations in the Square Mile and Hackney that can help, including:

·       City Advice: City Advice offers a confidential and impartial service, giving advice on a range of issues including consumer and employment rights, welfare benefits, debt, housing, and legal issues. They also give guidance on relationships, health, and wellbeing.

·       City and Hackney Wellbeing Network: The City and Hackney Wellbeing Network is a network of voluntary sector mental health services for adult residents in Hackney and City. The network supports people with severe and enduring mental health conditions.

·       City Wellbeing Centre: City Wellbeing Centre is a counselling and psychotherapy centre for workers and residents in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs. The services are available to anyone who lives or works in postcodes EC1 – EC4, and anyone who lives in the City of London, and in the London Boroughs of Camden, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Westminster, Hackney, Southwark and Lambeth.

·       Dragon Café in the City: Dragon Café in the City welcomes anyone who is feeling the pressures of work or life in and around the City of London. Dragon Café runs a fortnightly programme of events for those who wish to release the pressure, break the stress cycle, and build resilience. It is free and open to all, and everyone is welcome.

·       Good Thinking: Good thinking is free and supports Londoners to look after their health and wellbeing in a way that works for them. Since its launch in 2017, more than 700,000 people have used their services to tackle anxiety, stress, low mood, sleep problems, and other concerns.

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, Ruby Sayed, said:

“Positive mental health is crucial in today’s world. It influences every part of our lives - our thoughts, actions, and relationships.

“We all need to look after our wellbeing and I’m proud of the many inclusive and accessible support services available here in the City.

“That’s why we are encouraging everyone who lives and works in the Square Mile to take up our offer to help ensure they lead happy and fulfilling lives.”

For more information on the mental health and wellbeing services the City of London Corporation offers, as well as wider London services, visit: Health and wellbeing - City of London.

Further NHS Talking Therapies can be found at:  Find an NHS talking therapies services - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or visit your GP surgery.