Mental health services in Bromley

Good mental health and resilience are fundamental to our physical health, our relationships, our education, our training, our work and to achieving our potential. Moreover good mental health and wellbeing also bring wider social and economic benefits. Improved mental health and wellbeing is associated with a range of better outcomes for people of all ages and backgrounds. These include improved physical health and life expectancy, better educational achievement, increased skills, reduced health risk behaviours such as smoking and alcohol misuse, reduced risk of mental health problems and suicide, improved employment rates and productivity, reduced anti-social behaviour and criminality and higher levels of social interaction and participation.

Some mental health problems are long lasting and can significantly affect the quality of people’s lives, especially if they are not treated. Some people only experience a single episode of mental ill health. Others, who may have longer standing problems, can enjoy a high quality of life and fulfilling careers. However, the personal, social and economic costs of mental ill health can be considerable.

  • At least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life and one in six adults have a mental health problem at any one time.
  • One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years has a mental health problem, and many continue to have mental health problems into adulthood.
  • Half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14, and three quarters before their mid 20’s.
  • Self harming in young people is not uncommon (10-13% of 15-16 year olds have self harmed.
  • Almost half of all adults will experience at least one episode of depression during their lifetime.
  • One in ten new mothers experiences postnatal depression.
  • About 1 in 100 people has a severe mental health problem.

Mental health services

The Alzheimer's Society works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia.

Bromley and Lewisham Mind works to make a positive impact on the lives of people with mental health needs, and provides mental health services, MindCare dementia services, coping with life courses and a number of activities from a range of locations in the borough, including:

  • A programme of courses and support groups, including support to better manage your mental health, develop new skills, enhance creativity, and take up leisure opportunities.
  • Community bridge building, which is support to make links and begin to access a range of opportunities in the wider community, according to your interests.
  • Informal peer support, which provides opportunities to meet with others in a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for social and peer support.
  • MindCare Dementia Support Service which provides a range of services including Support Centres, Domiciliary Care and Respite Care At Home.

Bromley Healthcare provide a service for adults who are experiencing anxiety or depression and having difficulty coping with life. Patients can now get mental health support without having to go through their GP. Through Talk Together Bromley [external website] people can get one to one or group support in managing mild to moderate anxiety and depression. It is available across the borough through GP surgeries, community centres and libraries in venues in Beckenham, Penge, Mottingham, Orpington and the Crays. Speak to your GP or contact 0300 003 3000.

Liberata offer appointment based surgeries run across the Borough providing FREE advice on any matters relating to queries about Housing Benefit (now received as part of your Universal Credit payment) or Council Tax Support. These services are available for anyone living in the London Borough of Bromley who has a mental ill health problem. Services are run in conjunction with Bromley Council, Bromley Mind, Broadway, and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Surgery Information:

  • Stepping Stones, Ground Floor, 38 Masons Hill, BR2 9JG. 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. 1.30-4.00pm.
  • Anchor House, 5 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ. 2nd Thursday of each month. 1.30-4.00pm.
  • 63 Croydon Road, Penge, SE20 7TS. 4th Thursday of each month. 1.30-4.00pm.

To make an appointment please call 020 8313 4645.

The Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. They offer services by email, telephone (08457 90 90 90), letter and face to face- visit the website to find out more.

For more details about organisations that will provide you with mental health advice, including full contact details, you can search our Resource Directory.

You may also find the following pages within this website useful:Social inclusion   Emotional wellbeing.

Useful links

Alzheimer's Society   BIG WHITE WALL   Bromley and Lewisham Mind   MindCare Dementia Support Service    Mental Health Service User Involvement Service   Rethink Mental Health   Office of Public Guardian   Oxleas   Samaritans   Talk Together Bromley