Mental Health

Covid-19 updates

20 May 2020: Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism has been issued concerning the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) and supporting systems to safeguard the legal rights of people receiving mental health, learning disability and autism services, including specialised commissioned services. It includes additional sections on the use of the Mental Health Act code of practice during the pandemic period, escorting patients detained under the Mental Health Act, and on the use of digital technology to support remote Mental Health Act assessments. It will be regularly updated to reflect the rapidly changing context and questions/concerns as well as feedback from the sector.

7 May 2020: Additional guidance covering monitoring aspects of oral antipsychotic drugs and ADHD during the Covid-19 outbreak has been released. The documents on antipsychotics and  ADHD can be accessed via the North Central London (NCL) Joint Formulary Committee (JFC) website.

The NCL document Guidance on the Management of Drugs Requiring Monitoring during Covid-19, hosted on the NCL Covid-19 website, has also been refreshed to include links to the above guidelines.

25 March 2020: Islington GP Federation and Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust have put Serious Mental Illness (SMI) nurse clinics on hold as the nurses involved have returned to help colleagues at C&I to ensure the smooth delivery of essential care.


The Healthy London Partnership (HLP) has developed a range of materials designed to support GPs if they suspect someone may be experiencing a first episode of psychosis. Download the materials from the HLP website.




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Adult ADHD Clinic

Adult ADHD services

Adult Autism Diagnostic and Consultation Service

Diagnostic and consultation for adults with autism

Adult Eating Disorder Service

Secondary care specialist services for adults

Adult Gender Identity Clinic

Offers counselling psychology, endocrinology, speech language therapy to adults and young adults from 17 years and 9 months and above

Adult Safeguarding

Extra support services for adult patients with physical, visual, hearing or learning disabilities

Age UK Islington: Wellbeing in 1

Support for adults of all ages experiencing a health or wellbeing challenge

Asian Family Counselling Service

Specialist support for the Asian population

Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI)

Helpline support for those suffering from postnatal illness

Barnardo’s Islington SEMH Service

Short-term individual counselling for children and young people

Benzodiazepine and Opiate Withdrawal Service (BOWS)

Specialist support to help patients reduce long-term use of benzodiazepines, sleeping tablet and opiates

Better Lives: Drug and Alcohol Service

Drug and Alcohol Service

Brandon Centre: Young People and Families

Confidential help and advice for young people, and parenting support for parents or carers

Camden and Islington Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Service

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy consultation service (psychological support). Treatment available as individual or group therapy.

Camden, City, Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service (CCIWBS)

Free bereavement counselling for Islington residents

Choice and Control Peer Coaching Service

Mental Health Peer Coaching Service, providing up to 10 hourly sessions to support people to work towards their wellbeing goals.

Complex Depression, Anxiety and Trauma Service (CDAT)

Supports individuals with complex depression, anxiety and trauma

Drayton Park Women's Crisis House and Resource Centre

Residential mental health crisis service for women who would otherwise be admitted to hospital

Duty Social Worker

For emergencies and out of hours

Employment Support and Welfare Rights

Helping adults get back into work

Exercise on Referral

12-week programme of guided physical activity for anyone with a health issue, supporting them to change behaviour and become more active.

Fatigue Service

Out-patient diagnosis and management

Growing Together: Support for Parents and Young Children

Psychological therapy to parents and carers of children aged one to five years

Highbury Grove Crisis House

Support service for short-term crisis interventions, including short-term residential stays and evening drop-in centre

Home Treatment Team: Mental Health Crisis Team for Older Adults

Specialist support and Treatment for elderly people in crisis

iCope Long-term Conditions Service

Focuses on working with anxiety and depression that is affecting physical health or self-management

iCope Psychological Therapies

For adults presenting with depression and anxiety disorders including low mood, stress, worry, panic attacks and insomnia

Interpreting Services

Face-to-face, telephone interpreting and written translation services

Islington Assertive Outreach Team

Service for adults with history of psychotic disorders who may have had difficulty working with other teams and services

Islington Bereavement Service

Trained volunteers offer practical, social and emotional bereavement support

Islington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Mental health assessment and intervention service for under 18s

Islington Early Intervention Service (EIS)

For people who have presented to specialist mental health services with a first episode of psychosis.

Islington PCN Social Prescribing Link Workers

SPLWs can provide more support to patients, connecting them with relevant information, advice and local community support and groups.

Islington Practice Based Mental Health Service

Mental health assessment, advice and consultation in a primary care setting

Kooth: Online CYP Counselling Service

Online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people

Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service

A 24/7crisis assessment service to take MH patients out of busy A&E departments

Navigation Service

Advice and support for patients to access local non-traditional services

North London Partners Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service (SPMHS)

Specialist mental health service for pregnant and postnatal women

Parent and Baby Psychology Service

Brief psychological interventions for new parents and parents to be

Personality Disorders

Community Clinical management for patients with diagnosis of personality disorders, including psychological support

Recovery College

Mental and Physical Health and Well being related workshops, providing psychological support

Scope: Employment Services

Employment support for disabled patients

Sexual Problems

Service for people with sexual problems

Smoking Cessation Service

Community support to help people stop smoking

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Central Point of Access for Children and Young People (SEMH)

Social, emotional and mental health services for children and young people

The Maya Centre

Free counselling service for women

Traumatic Stress Clinic

Provides psychological treatment for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD.

Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison (TIL) Service

Comprehensive mental health assessment and assertive treatment-advocacy service for veterans.