Mental Health Services
Self Help Books
A form of self-treatment aiming to equip the reader with new coping skills and mechanisms. This is useful for individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, stress, anger management, obsessive compulsive disorder etc. Many of the books are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). There is an accessible library at the King's College Health Centre. You can access these books by self-referral or a referral by your health professional. Please enquire for further details at the reception desk.
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IAPT stands for ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’. This service offers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a primary treatment approach for depression, anxiety, stress, panic disorders, sleep disorders , health anxieties to name a few. It has strong research evidence and is recommended by the Department of Health. Two members of the IAPT service come to the Health Centre on Mondays and Tuesdays. The treatment is tailored to the individual's needs and is delivered in various ways: guided self-help, mood management courses, books on prescription, individual therapy. Please see a GP or nurse referral or to self-refer and for further information please check CNWL Talking Therapies Service. Completed forms can be submitted to reception.
KCL Counselling to Counselling & Mental Health Support
The Counselling Service change to the Counselling and Mental health support team is here to help you cope with personal and emotional problems. The Service is for all undergraduate and postgraduate students and is free and confidential.
This is a separate service from the Health Centre, however if required the doctors can advise and refer. You can also self-refer. To find out more about the KCL Counselling- CMHST service see this link.
Primary Care Plus - Primary Care Plus (PCP) Mental Health Service is a new service provided by Central London Healthcare. The team provide support to people with mental health related conditions ranging from mild depression to more serious conditions. They offer patients more choice of treatment methods as well as easier and faster access to treatment at a time when it’s most needed. One of the members of this team is the Community Mental Health Nurse who students are conveniently able to see, at King's College Health Centre via referral from their GP.
Young Minds - Self Harm Telephone support - Students call 020 7089 5050 and Parents call 0808 802 5544.
KCL Mental Health Advisors
Students at King’s College London are able to talk to the university’s Mental Health Advisors (MHA’s) for practical support, information, advice and guidance about concerns or difficulties they may have.
Meetings with a MHA are a friendly and informal space in which to discuss your concerns and get help to access the necessary support to ensure you fulfil your potential whilst studying at King's College London.
Students may not always be clear as to what help or support they may need or what is most appropriate for their needs and speaking with a MHA can help this process.
Same day appointments . *Please note this is not an emergency service
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support.
King's Sport Active Wellness Scheme
What is it?
The Active Wellness Scheme is an initiative to help anyone within the King’s Community who have mental or physical health issues through the use of exercise therapy.
Whether suffering from a short term illness or chronic physical health problems,
we can help you develop your exercise skills by improving your experience and knowledge in the gym. So you can understand how training can be utilised to improve your overall wellbeing.
Physical activity has been proven extensively to have a profound positive effect on a person’s general wellbeing and quality of life. The Active Wellness Scheme will show you how to begin changing your lifestyle for the better with simple, effective and personalised programmes provided by one of our expert Coaches at King’s Sport Health & Fitness Gyms.
Are you eligible?
To find out whether you are eligible to participate on the scheme, please contact your GP.
To start the scheme, you will need to be referred by your GP, this is to ensure King’s is providing suitable support and that any underlying conditions are identified and treated appropriately.
Details about the service
Programmes on the scheme last 4-6 weeks and a maximum of two programmes can be completed by one individual; the length and number of programmes will be decided upon assessment and review.
During your programme you will have free access to the King’s Sport Health and Fitness Gyms where there is also a special discounted membership once you have completed the scheme.
(Please note: this is not personal training; this service is for the sole purpose of promoting a positive effect on health problems)