Abuse is when someone causes us harm or distress. It can take many forms, ranging from disrespect to causing someone physical or mental pain.

Anyone can become a victim of abuse – it’s no reflection of intelligence, strength or worth.

Abuse and neglect can occur anywhere: in your own home or a public place, while you’re in hospital or attending a day centre, or in a college or care home.

Out of Hours Family Support Helpline

The Brent Out Of Hours Family Support Line offers Family Support and Early Help services on evenings and weekends to families living in the London Borough of Brent.
The aims of the service are to:
1. Increase access to Family Wellbeing Centres and other Early Years services in Brent

2. Increase timely access to support for families, preventing issues from escalating during out-of-hours periods

3. Reduce pressure on A&E and other late intervention/crisis services.

  • https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/services/brent-out-hours-support-line


Kooth is a free online mental health support and counselling service for young people in Brent provided by registered counsellors. Young people can chat anonymously to a Kooth practitioner from 12 noon to 10 pm Monday to Friday and 6 pm to 10 pm Saturday and Sunday.

It includes discussion boards where young people can start or join a conversation with other Kooth members on all sorts of things, from anxiety to relationship advice or tips for relaxing after a stressful day. The Goals tab allows young people to set personal goals and track progress. The Kooth Journal acts as a personal diary which can help track mood over the week. Finally, the Kooth Chat function can get you in touch with someone in the team to talk through anything that’s bothering you and offer support and advice.

Please go to https://www.kooth.com/ to access support.

  • https://www.kooth.com/

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory is a resource hub which enables individuals struggling with their emotional well-being to find a qualified and insured counsellor. Counselling Directory was set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find the right support, and they're passionate about connecting people to the support they deserve.

  • https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk

Brent - protecting adults from risk of abuse

Contact the Safeguarding adults team
If you are worried that someone is at risk or is being abused, report it as soon as possible.

  • https://www.brent.gov.uk/adult-social-care/protecting-adults-from-risk-of-abuse#howtoraise

Campaign Against Living Miserably

We’re the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and we’re taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling hopeless, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show life is always worth living.

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The Brent Cove

The Brent Cove is a community based crisis alternative service, provided by Hestia on behalf of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, offering non-clinical support to individuals experiencing a crisis or mental distress, following assessment by the identified CNWL services. We offer urgent appointments to make sure each person gets dedicated time and support.
If you are a resident in Brent, your local Cove is now open access. This means anyone (16+) can just turn up without an appointment between 2pm to 10pm (Monday to Sunday).

  • https://www.hestia.org/brent-cove

Stay Alive App from Grassroots Prevent Suicide Together

Grassroots is a leading UK charity in suicide prevention. They provide expertise, training and resources to help communities, organisations and individuals effectively support people at risk of suicide or experiencing mental health problems. This is a link to their Stay Alive App

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NHS mental health services (central and north west London)

Find mental health services covering north west London boroughs including Brent

  • https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/mental-health-services

NHS Mental Health Services

Find out how to access NHS mental health services and where to get urgent help.

  • https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/