Self Help Zone

Self- referrals

Antenatal and Maternity Care:

Physiotherapy self-referrals

If you’re registered with a GP in Lambeth or Southwark, you can refer yourself to musculoskeletal physiotherapy for specialist assessment and management.

Please complete a self-referral form at

  • GetUBetter App

24/7 digital self-management support that helps pateints trust their recovery.

The Lambeth MSK app (powered by getUBetter) is provided free of charge by Lambeth for patients.

It can be accessed on a Smartphone or on the Web and guides you day-by-day through a sequence of exercises and tips to help you get better from a range of new or recurrent musculoskeletal conditions:

  • Lower back pain
  • Back and leg pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Soft Tissue Lower Limb
  • Hip

You will be referred to the app by one of our GPs or Physio, or self-refer

Please use an email address that is unique to you and select the condition you need help to manage. You will then be sent an email with all the information you need to get started. You can download the getUBetter app to your Smartphone for easiest access or use the Webapp.

If you develop another condition select your new condition from within the app and it will be added to your account.

The app will also connect you to your local; treatment, healthcare providers or support services if needed like Physiotherapy.


Community foot health (podiatry) for patients registered in Lambeth

Service provided by Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital with appointments at Gracefield Gardens.

Self- referral at


You don’t need to see a GP to get referred for counselling

Talking Therapies self-referral:

Mental health

Minor Eye Care Services (MECS)

If you’re living in the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark you can now access a new service called MECS that provides assessment for many common eye conditions through your local optician.

Social Services/ Need Help at Home

Drugs and Alcohol

Stop Smoking


Let’s see what we can do…


Suicide Bereavement Service

The South East London Suicide Bereavement Service supports people who have lost someone to suicide across the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. We work with people who live in these boroughs and those whose loved one lived or died in these boroughs. The service is provided in partnership with South East London Mind. 

We’re here to help you in the aftermath of loss, offering practical support with things like funeral arrangements, as well as emotional support throughout the grieving process. We will also signpost you to other services that may be of benefit, depending on your needs.

The service is available for people of all ages including children and young people who feel they may benefit from support. 

Our support team includes Suicide Bereavement Support Workers, Community Chaplains and a Bereavement Counsellor. 

To access this service, please download the referral form from:

If you prefer you can call on 07933 393 397.

The service is available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are available if required.

St Christopher’s Hospice

Their adult bereavement service supports anyone whose relative or friend was cared for by St Christopher’s or anyone referred from the London Borough of Bromley. They have dedicated bereavement help points, assisting people in the community who are seeking support following bereavement, a community bereavement service offering free telephone and face-to-face support and they provide information and confidential, one-to-one counselling to bereaved people over the age of 18.

Telephone: 020 8768 4500


Email: [email protected]

Cruse Lambeth

Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity that exists to offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. It aims to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

Telephone: 020 7620 3999


Email: [email protected]

Royal Trinity Hospice

Their bereavement team is on hand to support family members, friends, children and carers through the emotional impact of grief. There is no time limit for this support. Understanding and coping with bereavement can be very difficult for children and young people. This is why they offer bereavement support specifically for them. They also provide guidance to parents and carers on how to explain death and grief to children and offer advice to help families and teachers support a child or young person through this experience. The bereavement team also organises events throughout the year that allow bereaved families, friends, and carers to remember, celebrate and reflect upon the lives of those who have died.

Telephone: 020 7787 1000


Email: [email protected]


Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK. Sands exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible care and support for as long as they need it.

Helpline: 0808 164 3332


Email: [email protected]


Carers Hub Lambeth

Their mission is to improve carers’ lives in Lambeth through quality services and community engagement.

Telephone: 020 7501 8970


Young Carers:

Email: [email protected]

Carers UK

They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 0808 808 7777


Email: [email protected]


Email: [email protected]

Child Health

When Should I Worry?

‘When Should I Worry?’ is a booklet developed by researchers at PRIME Centre Wales, Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University.

It provides information for parents about the management of respiratory tract infections (coughs, colds, sore throats, and earaches) in children, and has been designed to be used in primary care consultations.


Booklet: When Should I Worry?


Childline are here for you, whatever’s on your mind. They’ll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you.

Telephone: 0800 1111


Childhood illness visual guide

Use this visual guide to help you identify common conditions and illnesses that may affect your child. Includes conditions such as measles, slapped cheek syndrome, chicken pox and warts.

Website: NHS: Visual Guide for Childhood illnesses

Health Visiting Telephone Advice Service

Providing free support and advice for families with children aged five and under.

When your named health visitor is unavailable you can phone to talk about weaning, sleeping, immunisations, minor ailments and much more.

Telephone: 0203 049 8166

Lambeth Healthy Weight Project

The Lambeth Healthy Weight Project work with children aged 4 to 12 years of age who have been diagnosed with obesity or who have been assessed to be at risk of obesity. The Lambeth Specialist Healthy Weight Project supports families to help their children maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Telephone: 07794 239456


Email: [email protected]

Vaccination planner

Download a personalised vaccination calendar, which highlights the dates your child needs to have their vaccinations by.

Website: NHS: Vaccination Schedule

Community Groups

Healthwatch Lambeth

Healthwatch Lambeth are the independent champion for people who use health and social care services. They’re here to make sure that those running services put people at the heart of care.


Love Your Neighbour

Love Your Neighbour is South London Cares’ friendship matching scheme in Southwark and Lambeth bringing older (over 65) and younger neighbours together to spend a little time one-to-one.



They’re here to bring people together to try new things, connect with their neighbours, develop friendships and feel part of a community. MYsocial is a social membership service open to adults of all ages.

Membership is open to anyone who wants to meet new friends, try new things and to do more of what makes them happy, with most of our events free or under £10, and there are great discounts on more expensive experiences


Adult Mental Health

Lambeth Talking Therapies Service

They offer talking therapies for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, general anxiety and worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, traumatic memories and obsessive compulsive disorder. They also offer help with other problems including anger, eating, and relationship or sexual difficulties.

Telephone: 07971 717534


Good Thinking

Good Thinking provides mental health support for young people, parents and carers, employers and employees and faith and belief communities. Whether you want help with sleep, anxiety, low mood or stress, Good Thinking can point you in the right direction. They have plenty of resources such as free apps, podcasts, blogs and videos, how-to guides and workbooks or other resources like self-assessments and urgent support.


Mind Lambeth and Southwark

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Telephone: 020 3982 9221


Email: [email protected]

Get Help – Lambeth Together

The Living Well Network Alliance supports people in Lambeth who are experiencing mental illness or distress.


Email: [email protected]


Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Telephone: 116 123


Email: [email protected]


WellMind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app. You can record and monitor your feelings and get advice on stress, anxiety and depression.

Download: Apple Store or Google Play

Urgent Mental Health Support

Please see the Urgent support – 24/7 crisis lines information document for details of mental health support resources that are available 24/7.

OASIS – Lambeth and Southwark

OASIS is a mental health service for young people (14-35 years old), living in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon.

Instagram: @meandmymindoasis

Telephone: 020 3228 7200


Email: [email protected]

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male.

CALM exists to change this.

Anyone can hit crisis point. They run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems.

Telephone: 0800 58 58 58




Rethink provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.

Telephone: 0300 5000 927


Email: [email protected]

Young Mental Health


HOPELINEUK is a confidential support and advice service for Children and Young People under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide and anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.

Facebook: @PAPYRUSUK

Twitter: @PAPYRUS_tweets

Instagram: papyrus_uk

Telephone: 0800 068 41 41


Young Minds

They’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. They’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

For Urgent help Text: YM to 85258

Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544



WellMind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app. You can record and monitor your feelings and get advice on stress, anxiety and depression.

Download: Apple Store or Google Play

Urgent Mental Health Support

Please see the Urgent support – 24/7 crisis lines information document for details of mental health support resources that are available 24/7.

The Well Centre

The Well Centre is a youth health centre where you can see a counsellor or doctor to discuss any of your health concerns or worries in a safe and confidential space.

Twitter: @Thewellcentre

Telephone: 020 8473 1581


Email: [email protected]


Free anonymous online chat for young people to discuss your mental health issues.


Disability Advice


Centre 70 supports adults who are facing social, mental, financial or other personal difficulties through a holistic programme of free and affordable services including advice, counselling and wellbeing, training and advocacy. They support the local community at their centre in West Norwood, as well as a range of outreach locations in Lambeth and across London.

Twitter: @Centre70

Telephone: 020 8670 0070


Email: [email protected]

Latin American Disabled People’s Project

At Latin American Disabled People’s Project (LADPP), they work and join efforts to improve the quality of life and independence of disabled Spanish and Portuguese speaking people living in London – as well as that of their carers, families and communities.

Telephone: 020 7793 8399


Email: [email protected]

Brixton Advice Centre

Telephone: 0207 733 7554


Contact Online:

Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW)

Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) is an award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling.

Telephone: 020 7346 8482


Email: [email protected]

Citizens Advice

It’s important to make sure that you get all the help that you’re entitled to. Citizens Advice provides information on benefits and tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran. There is also information about council tax and housing costs, national insurance, payment of benefits and problems with benefits.


Every Pound Counts

Every Pound Counts Lambeth offer advice to help you find out what benefits you’re entitled to, and how to access them. You may qualify for advice from the Every Pound Counts Service. If you do not qualify you can get advice from One Lambeth Advice.

Telephone: 020 7926 5555 and ask for Every Pound Counts


Email: [email protected]

Disability Advice Service Lambeth (DASL)

They provide a specialist advice and information service for Disabled people.

Facebook: @DisabilityAdviceServiceLambeth

Twitter: @dps_dasl


Telephone: 020 7738 5656


Email: [email protected]

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK prides itself on its high quality information provision developed by and for disabled people.

Facebook: @disabilityrightsuk

Twitter: @DisRightsUK



Drugs and Alcohol

Lambeth Drug and Alcohol Treatment Consortium

Come along and discuss options for treatment and ongoing support Free confidential service to all Lambeth residents aged 18 years and over.

Telephone Lorraine Hewitt House on 0203 228 1500 if you need to talk to someone about you or a family member of friend.


Drinkaware Online Tools & Apps

Online trackers and apps from Drinkaware to help you avoid harm from alcohol.

Download from:

One You Days Off – Mobile App

The One You Days Off app is a simple and easy way to track the days you drink alcohol and the days you don’t.

Download from: Google Play: One You Days Off

Download from: iTunes: One You Days Off

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Telephone: 0800 9177 650


Email: [email protected]

SMART Recovery

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) is a programme that provides training and tools for people who want to change their problematic behaviour, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others.


DASH Lambeth

Free, confidential service for young people in Lambeth providing support around Drugs, Alcohol and Sexual health.

For support with substance use, please telephone Valentina on 07917 460749


Email: [email protected]


If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence.

Telephone: 0300 123 1110

Talk to Frank

If you have a problem with drugs Talk to Frank for friendly, confidential drugs advice.

Telephone: 0300 123 6600

Text: 82111


Email: [email protected]

Elderly Care

South London Cares

South London Cares’ pro-active outreach work harnesses the time and connections of younger neighbours to identify and introduce older neighbours to the wider network. They work to improve older people’s sense of connection to their local community by helping to build their confidence, independence and power.

Refer someone or yourself:

Silver Line

Free phone support for older people, 24 hours a day.

Telephone: 0800 4 70 80 90


Age UK Lambeth

Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. They believe in a world where everyone can love later life and they work every day to achieve this.

Facebook: @AgeUKLambeth

Twitter: @AgeUKLambeth

Instagram: @ageuklambeth

Telephone: 0333 360 3700



Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia.

Telephone: 0800 888 6678


Email: [email protected]

Help in the Community


A directory of services in Lambeth to help make accessing information as straightforward as possible.

Telephone: 020 7095 5720


Email: [email protected]

Lambeth Youth Council

The Lambeth Youth Council form the advocate voice for young people in Lambeth. They make this happen by being directly involved in decision making, run projects, set up events and create campaigns about issues that young people care about.

Twitter: @LamYouthCouncil

Instagram: lambethyouthcouncil



Guy’s and St Thomas

Antenatal care at Guy’s and St Thomas hospital offering midwife appointments at Gracefield Gardens

Self-referral form:


King’s College Hospital Maternity Self-Referral Form


St George’s University Hospital Maternity Self-Referral Form


Croydon Health Services Maternity Self-Referral Form


Screening Programmes

STFYAYB provides information about the screening tests offered during and after pregnancy.


Whooping Cough and Pregnancy Information

Booklet: Whooping Cough and Pregnancy

Obstetric Physiotherapy Services Leaflet

Leaflet: Obstetric Physiotherapy Services

Pregnancy Leaflet

Leaflet: Antenatal Care

Emma’s Diary

Emma’s Diary are here to support every mums through her amazing, personal experience of pregnancy, birth and early motherhood.

Facebook: @TheEmmasDiary

Twitter: @emmasdiary

Telephone: 01628 535 483


Contact Form:

Guys’ and St Thomas’ Maternity Self-Referral Form


Advice about Nutrition During Pregnancy

Start 4 Life provides trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.


Baby Buddy App

Baby Buddy is an award winning mobile phone app for new parents and parents-to-be, created by mums, doctors and midwives.

Download from: Google Play: Baby Buddy

Download from: iTunes: Baby Buddy

New Baby

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding groups in Lambeth and breastfeeding cafés in Southwark have been set up to provide a comfortable environment for women to breastfeed.

They offer a place where you can go with your babies to receive information and support from health visitors, midwives and peer supporters who have undergone training to enable them to support breastfeeding mothers.


Free Vitamin D Aard and Details of Where to Get it

In Lambeth, pregnant women, new mums and children under four can now get free vitamin D supplements to help keep them healthy.


Updated BCG Vaccination Information

Leaflet: Changes to the neonatal BCG programme in London

New Baby Leaflet

(Including how to make appointments and when to use A&E)

Leaflet: New Baby

Baby & Toddler Classes Near Streatham


Start 4 Life

Trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.


Safety of your Baby at Home

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

Facebook: @ChildAccidentPreventionTrust

Twitter: @captcharity

Telephone: 020 7608 3828


Email: [email protected]

Contraception After Giving Birth

Contraception may be the last thing on your mind when you’ve just had a baby, but it’s something you need to think about if you want to delay or avoid another pregnancy.

Many unplanned pregnancies happen in the first few months after childbirth, so even if you’re not interested in sex at the moment, it’s better to be prepared.


Delicious Free Meals for Lambeth Families with New Babies

It’s normal to feel nervous when you first bring your baby home, especially at the moment. If you need, help, LEAP are here for you.

Finding time to cook for yourself and your family will be hard when your baby is so young. You might not have the usual help from family and friends due to Social Distancing rules.

So, LEAP will provide free cooked healthy meals for you and your family made and delivered to your door. This will be provided at least once a week whilst you and your family are getting used to the new baby.


Leaflet: Free Meals from LEAP

The Healthy Start Scheme

If you’re pregnant or have children under the age of 4 you can get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to spend on:

  • cow’s milk
  • fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
  • infant formula milk
  • fresh, dried, and tinned pulses


NHS Bottle Feeding Advice

If you’re planning to bottle feed with expressed breast milk or infant formula, these tips will help you feed your baby and keep them safe and healthy.

If you decide to use infant formula, first infant formula (first milk) should always be the first formula you give your baby. You can use it throughout the first year.


Immunisation Schedule

A guide to immunisation for babies born on or after the 1st January 2020.

Leaflet: A Guide to Immunisation

Guide to Coughs, Colds, Earaches, and Sore Throats

‘When Should I Worry?’ is a booklet developed by researchers at PRIME Centre Wales, Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University.

It provides information for parents about the management of respiratory tract infections (coughs, colds, sore throats, and earaches) in children, and has been designed to be used in primary care consultations.


Booklet: When Should I Worry?


Guy’s and St Thomas’

Their community foot health (podiatry) clinics offer a range of services to assess, treat and advise people on any foot condition.

Their podiatrists (healthcare professionals trained in all aspects of care for the feet and lower limbs, including the most common foot problems) provide expertise in preventing and treating disorders of the foot and ankle.



Report neglect or abuse of an adult

If you have any concerns of abuse or risk of abuse suffered by yourself or by someone else, you can report it to Lambeth Adult Social Care.

Complete Safeguarding Adult form:


Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.

You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Chat or Sign to a counsellor:

Telephone: 0800 1111


Sexual Health

Young Person Clinic

A free, confidential, non-judgemental sexual health service for 18 years old and under.

Contraception options, testing, treatment for sexually transmitted infections and advice.

Drop in, no need to book an appointment.

Every Wednesday, 13:00 to 18:00.

Streatham Hill Sexual Health and Reproductive Health Clinic, 41A-C Streatham Hill, London, SW2 4TP.


Sexual Health London

SHL.UK is a discreet free NHS sexual health services online for Londoners. Their STI testing service is for people who have mild or no STI symptoms and would like to get themselves checked. You can also request free regular and emergency contraception (effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex) by completing a simple, secure online consultation.

Facebook: @SHLdotUK

Twitter: @SHLdotUK


Lewisham Contraception Clinic

Lewisham clinic (St John’s Medical Centre, 56-60 Loampit Hill, London SE13 7SX) is now offering Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) services to women living or registered with a GP in Lewisham, Lambeth or Southwark.

For more information please download this poster: Lewisham Contraception Clinic (PDF)

Sexual Health Helpline

The National Sexual Health Helpline provided by Public Health England is open Monday to Friday, 09:00-20:00.

Telephone: 0300 123 7123

Emergency Contraception

This can be obtained from any pharmacy or free online by visiting

Streatham Hill sexual and reproductive health clinic

They will offer patients who meet certain criteria either a face-to-face appointment in clinic, or a telephone call from a clinician.

Telephone: 020 7188 7707


If you do not have symptoms and want a check-up, they ask you to use a home testing kit, ordered via the Sexual Health London website.

Family Planning Association

A sexual health charity, the Family Planning Association gives straightforward information and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.

Telephone: 020 7608 5240


Stop Smoking

Stop Smoking London

For tips and support, visit Stop Smoking London’s useful Time to Quit portal.

You can also call their helpline for access to good quality, free specialist advice on how to stop smoking. Lines are open Monday-Friday, 09:00 -20:00 and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 -16:00.

Phone: 0300 123 0144


Lambeth Stop Smoking service

Get help to stop smoking in Lambeth, anyone can self refer by calling or emailing the service directly.

Telephone: 0800 856 3409 or 0203 049 5791


Email: [email protected]

Quit with help

Everyone has a different reason for quitting, get a personalised Quit Smoking Plan.


Weight Management

NHS Fitness Studio Exercise

Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.


Am I a Healthy Weight?

Calculate your BMI using this NHS Tool

Website: NHS: BMI Calculator

Better Health – NHS

Your health matters. They can help you improve your wellbeing by making healthier lifestyle choices.


Go Mammoth

They believe humans should be more active. Not because we’re told to but because we enjoy how it makes us feel.


The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme

The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health.

It is a 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme that people can access via a smartphone or computer with internet access

Please speak to your GP or a local pharmacist who can refer you to the programme.

For more info see:

Minor Illnesses Self Help

Non-urgent advice: Need urgent care and not sure what to do?

Please call 111 for advice about how to access care in an emergency.

Minor illnesses and injuries

Get immediate help with minor illnesses and injuries:


Pharmacists can also advise on minor illnesses and injuries.

Cost of Living Hub

Mayor Of London’s Cost of Living Hub connects Londoners with support available to them. The hub is a first port of call for Londoners looking for financial support. The hub includes London-specific information on debt, childcare, energy bills, warm spaces, mental health and more. It highlights support offered by charities, local authorities and other partners based in London.