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Patient Discussion Forum: Mental Health
Patient discussion forum is a forum where you can find support, inspiration and motivation from others who may be experiencing something similar. You can introduce yourself, browse the existing groups or start a new discussion.

Visit the Patient Discussion Forum: Mental Health

NHS Moodzone offers practical tips and advice to boost mental health, self help treatments, mental well being audio guides, other peoples stories to remind you that you are not alone and advice on what to do if you need urgent mental health to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

Visit the NHS Moodzone

NHS Videos - Mental Health

NHS provide a library of audio podcasts and videos on mental health, providing useful information and advice on how to cope with mental health issues as well as sharing other peoples experiences. Videos cover a broad range of topics such as addiction, depression, eating disorders, stress and more. 

David talks about the effects that his former alcohol addiction had on his health and relationship.
NHS Choices Video 'Alcohol Misuse: David's Story'

Self-Help: Reading Well Books on Prescription
Discover Reading Well Books on Prescription titles to help you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. Reading Well Books on Prescription titles are available to borrow from your local Idea Store. Titles include, 'Manage your Mood', 'Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Your Toolkit to Modify Moods, Overcome Obstructions and Improve Your Life' and many more.

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Health eBooks and Audiobooks
If you are an Idea Store member you can download a range of the latest health and wellbeing titles for free.

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Join your local Idea Store 
Joining your local Idea Store or library is easy and FREE. Just visit one of our Idea Stores or libraries and complete the application form for membership. You will need to provide proof of your name and address - this could be a driving licence, a medical card, a utility bill or any official communication that you have recently received.
Membership is open to anyone who has a permanent address.

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Courses & Workshops

Idea Store Learning Courses
Discover how to improve your sense of wellbeing and reduce stress through a range of introductory therapy courses including massage, aromatherapy and Reiki.

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We also offer short courses and weekend tasters in improving general wellbeing, including Life Coaching, meditation and Mindfulness.

Check out our fitness, health and wellbeing page for more information.

Enrol by calling 020 7364 5665 

Tower Hamlets Recovery College
Tower Hamlets Recovery courses cover a range of areas that might support recovery including tools and strategies to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your experiences, education about mental and physical health, helpful tips on practical life skills and how to get involved in study and work opportunities.

Visit Tower Hamlets Recovery College

To book a place or for further information on courses:
Mobile: 07798 792 097
Telephone: 0207 426 2332 

We are currently in a new national lockdown. Due to lockdown restrictions we have changed some of our services as follows: Idea Store Bow, Idea Store Canary Wharf, Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel are currently open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pmSaturday and Sunday Midday - 4pm Idea Stores combine the…
We teach Mindfulness Based Approaches (MBAs) to help people look after their mental health. MBAs can be used in many ways, particularly for preventing relapse into depression and addiction, and to help manage stress and anxiety. Our teachers are trained and supervised by an NHS…
Tel: 020 8981 1225
Reset is an integrated service which provides drug and alcohol treatment to Tower Hamlets residents aged 18 or over and support to family and friends who are concerned about someone’s drug and/or alcohol use. Support offered includes: advice and information for people who use drugs…
020 3889 9510
This service is for those with high levels of addiction who may need extra behavioural support provided in groups or individually. Clients can self-refer or be referred through their GP practice. You can also drop-in at any time to have a chat.
020 7882 8230
This is a stop smoking service for pregnant women. Support with stopping smoking is provded one a one to one basis either at home, at Mile End Hospital or Spitalfields Health Centre. Group work sometimes takes place. Once the service recieves a referral the worker…
020 7247 7070
Stop smoking specialist service Specialises in helping those that have high levels of addiction or additional needs and offers intensive support including group sessions, counselling and pharmaceutical support in the community and in hospital. Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm, call 020 7882 8230 or 0800 169 1943 -…
0800 169 1943 or 020 7882 8230
At The Whitechapel Mission, we have been helping Londoners to help the homeless since 1876, meeting the specific needs of each man and woman who walks through our doors. First, we help the homeless by meeting immediate needs: food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. In…
020 7247 8280
Tower Hamlets Mission is a Christian Charity, committed to working with people suffering from alcohol and/or drug dependency, who are either homeless, in danger of becoming homeless or are receiving state benefits. Our aim is to enable them to break the cycle of chronic addiction…
020 7790 3040