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On this page, there are links to sites and organisations that may be able to help with some of the issues on this site.

Phone/email support if you are in severe emotional crisis

Information and advice about depression

Information about counselling and psychotherapy

Information and advice about addiction

Information and advice for carers

Information about Buddhism

Mindfulness Based Approaches elsewhere in in London and the UK

 

Phone/email support if you are in severe emotional crisis

National organisation offering support to those in distress who feel suicidal or despairing and need someone to talk to.

A national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems. Open from 6pm to 11pm every day of the year.

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Information and advice about depression

 

A good overview about depression and treatments.

Excellent short leaflet about depression.

Comprehensive medical information and advice about depression including: symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, medicine guides, side effects, complications and prevention.

A thorough, readable guide about depression. MIND also runs a range of support groups for people experiencing depression and other mental health problems.

Information, support and understanding for people who suffer with depression, and for relatives who want to help. Self-help groups, information, and raising awareness for depression.

A national mutual support group for people suffering from depression.

These are guidelines on the management of depression in primary and secondary care produced by NICE, which is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.

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Information about counselling and psychotherapy

 

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
    Tel: 0870 443 5252, web: http://www.bacp.co.uk
    Provides a list of therapists.
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
    Tel: 020 7014 9955, web: http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk
    Provides a list of therapists.

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Information and advice about addiction

General information

A thorough, readable guide about addiction.

Clear overview about addiction to drinking and drugs.

Organisations providing advice

This site provides information and articles on a range of topics surrounding alcoholism.

  • Drinkline - The National Alcohol Helpline: 0800 917 8282 - (England and Wales, Mon-Fri, 9am -11pm) Offers free, confidential information and advice on alcohol.

Organisations offering support

  • Alcoholics Anonymous - Tel 0845 769 7555, web: http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
    Contact details for all English AA meetings. There is a quiz to determine whether AA is the right type of organisation for an individual, and a frequently asked question section about AA and alcoholism.
  • Addiction Recovery Foundation - http://www.addictiontoday.org
    Provides a free list of treatment centres.
  • Adfam - http://www.adfam.org.uk  A national organisation working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol.

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Information and advice for carers

 

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Information about Buddhism

 

  • The London Buddhist Centre (LBC): Tel 0845 458 4716; web: www.lbc.org.uk

The LBC is one of the largest urban Buddhist Centres in the West, and perhaps the best established Centre run by the Triratna Buddhist Community. The LBC runs regular courses, classes and retreats teaching meditation and Buddhism. It is the home of the Breathing Space Mindfulness for Health programme.

  • Triratna Buddhist Community - website

The Triratna Buddhist Community is an international network dedicated to communicating Buddhist truths in ways appropriate to the modern world.

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Mindfulness Based Approaches in London and elsewhere in the UK

Whether you are elsewhere in London, or elsewhere in the UK, there are lots of places which offer Mindfulness Based Approaches for stress, depression, for managing pain and illness, and for carers. As there is no central organisation we advise you to  click on the links below to find somewhere near you.

London

  • Holistic Education is run by Dr Bernadette Carelse and offers mindfulness for health professionals and the general public. She is also a qualified yoga teacher trainer and shiatsu teacher trainer. In addition Dr Carelse is an Educational Psychologist and specialices in using mindfulness to work with children with attention difficulties, and can provide mindfulness services for schools.
  • Enlivened Minds is run by Tim Segaller, and offers business coaching and life coaching, mindfulness training, MindCoaching (an approach combining mindfulness and coaching) as well as conflict resolution services. He is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF).
  • Mindfulness Theraphy Counselling is run by Lokadhi Lloyd and offers one-to-one counseeling and theraphy as well as mindfulness training in group format. She is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).
  • Bodywise offers classes in yoga, pilates and tai chi, and also has therapy rooms offering various therapies including mindfulness-based approaches.

UK wide

  • Breathworks is a national organisation offering Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Living Well With Pain and Illness courses UK wide. They update information on courses regularly, and you can contact them or click through to courses near you and contact teachers directly or through their own organisations. 
  • Triratna Buddhist Community of which London Buddhist Centre is a part, has a list of all their UK centres here many of which will hold courses. Please contact these centres directly. Some centres are not as big as LBC so may not be open full time, or might not even have their own building, so not all have websites, but please do not let that put you off asking, since it is entirely possible that they will be able to help. 

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