Mental health and wellbeing

Good mental wellbeing is fundamental to our physical health, our relationships, our education, our work and to achieving our potential. It can help us to cope with life’s problems and to enjoy the good things.

Five ways to wellbeing

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are a set of steps that any of us can take to improve upon our wellbeing:

  • connect - with the people around you, family, friends, colleagues and neighbours
  • be active - go for a walk or a run, garden, play a game
  • take notice - be curious and aware of the world around you
  • keep learning - try a new recipe, learn a new language, set yourself a challenge
  • give - do something nice for somebody, volunteer, join a community group.

Mental health issues are very common, affecting about 1 in every 4 people in Britain in any given year. Mental health problems can range from very common disorders such as depression and anxiety, to severe problems such as psychosis. Generally, if you are concerned about your mental health you should see your GP for advice and treatment. 

There is also a range of specialist services in the borough that you can access:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offers a wide range of specialist treatment packages to children, young people and their families. Contact: 0207 515 6633 (Poplar) or 0207 426 2375 (Whitechapel) or online.

Tower Hamlets Early Detection Service (THEDS) is a small team comprised of mental health nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists who aim is to support young people aged 16-25 who have experienced symptoms of mental illness to help getting their lives back on track. Contact: 0203 487 1320 or online

Compass Wellbeing provides free talking therapies for adults in Tower Hamlets, primarily to help those with anxiety and depression.

Contact: 0207 791 9497 or self-refer online

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham is a community mental health charity that provides advice and support to anyone with a mental health or emotional issue. They also provide free counselling for Tower Hamlets residents.

Contact: 020 7510 4247/4248 or email

Inspire Mental Health Consortium delivers new mental health, recovery and wellbeing services, to improve the outcomes and life chances for people living with mental health problems in Tower Hamlets.

Contact: 0330 053 8122 or email

Supporting mental health in the workplace:

We are keen to encourage all local businesses to improve mental health for their employees as well as the wider community. Here are some of the actions we have taken as a council:

  • Signed up to the Local Authority Mental Health Challenge to improve mental health in the local community, with Councillor Amy Whitelock Gibbs as our Member Champion for Mental Health
  • signed up to the Time to Change Employer Pledge to address mental health in the workplace, making sure employees who are facing mental health issues feel supported
  • achieved accreditation with London Healthy Workplace Charter status, which includes a number of actions to address employee mental health and wellbeing
  • provided Mental Health First Aid training to over 200 local employees, These staff members have become instructors and can now train other members of staff
  • set up a local Time to Change Employer’s Forum to encourage other local employers to sign the pledge, as well as share knowledge and resources.

Employers can register their interest in signing the Time to Change Pledge online and can join our local Time to Change Employers Forum by contacting:

Further information and resources for employers can be found on the following websites:

Time to Change Resources

  • guides and toolkits (including guides on running events and funding projects)
  • free downloads of promotional material (that can be personalised)
  • digital magazine with topical information
  • research and reports

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Resources

Guidance on mental wellbeing at work with a series of tools, including a business case template, a costing tool and advice for small and medium sized businesses.

Mindful Employer

A voluntary charter to sign that makes a public, tangible statement of your organisation's commitment to your staff. They provide a range of resources including templates for personal wellbeing plans and workbooks.

Mental Health Foundation

Provide a series of ‘How to...’ guides to support individuals with their mental health (eg. ‘How to manage and reduce stress’; ‘How to look after your mental health using mindfulness’)


A range of resources on mental health at work, including ‘How to take stock of mental health in your workplace’ and a ‘Guide for small businesses’.

The Business Disability Forum and the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion are membership organisations which provide a range of resources to their fee-paying members.