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South London’s NHS 111 for Mental Health telephone service

Local people of all ages who have urgent mental health concerns can get specialist NHS help, advice and clinical support when needed by phone, 24/7, through south London’s NHS 111 for Mental Health service.

A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the service, run in partnership by south London’s three NHS mental health trusts – Oxleas, South London and Maudsley (SLaM), and South West London and St George’s – and serving 3.7 million people across 12 boroughs south of the river.

People who need to speak to a mental health professional urgently, whether for themselves or a loved one, friend or colleague, are encouraged to call 111 and select the mental health option.

“Since we introduced this local service, run by NHS mental health professionals, hundreds of people in south London have called to get support and advice for their urgent mental health needs,” said Dr Isabel McMullen, Consultant Psychiatrist for SLaM and King’s College Hospital and Clinical Director for the service.

She said: “If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed, or worried about your mental health, please call your local NHS crisis service here in south London. We have specially trained NHS mental health expert practitioner and clinicians ready to listen, support and help you.”

People who are generally concerned about their mental health and wellbeing but don’t feel that they need urgent or immediate help are asked to contact their GP or visit the NHS website to find out about the support they can get.

People who are already in contact with our services can use the contact details they have been given for immediate support. If unable to get hold of someone but need urgent help, please call 111. 

NHS 111 for Mental Health is a special additional service launched by the NHS in south London to help get local people who need urgent and crisis mental health support get the right care and support, when they need it.

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