Your health


This page tell provides information on health services that are available, such as general practitioners (GPs) for everyday health issues, and services to support you with mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Healthy living Click to get info

Building a healthy lifestyle often involves eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and even visiting your doctor for a health check now and again. The rewards are endless, as not only does this improve your physical health but also your mental wellbeing.

Healthy living now can prevent you from developing serious illnesses in the future, such as diabetes and heart disease, and getting an NHS Health Check if you are over 40 can help spot early signs of these conditions so you can get the right treatment sooner.

With adult obesity on the rise in the UK, we have support in the borough to help you and your family keep active and maintain a healthy weight.

Mental health Click to get info

Having good mental wellbeing contributes to your mental health and helps protect you from developing mental illness.

Mental wellbeing is how you are feeling and how well you can cope with daily life.

Become a mental health champion: join our Time to Change hub

Time to Change hubs are networks of local organisations and individuals committed to tackling negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.

We’re looking for people who have experience of mental health problems to become Time to Change champions. Our champions will use their experience to change the way people think and act about mental health. They’ll play an important role in making a real difference in their community.

Find out more

Small Talk Saves Lives

Suicide is preventable, and a short conversation with someone who may be struggling to cope, can go a long way and even save a life.

Waltham Forest is supporting Small Talk Saves Lives campaign, delivered in partnership with Network Rail, the British Transport Police and the wider rail industry. The campaign is encouraging members of the public to trust their instinct and intervene if they see someone who needs help, with the aim of reducing suicide on the railways. Watch a short video based on a real story of someone whose life was saved when another person took the time to talk to them.

If you or someone you know is feeling low call Samaritans for free on 116 123.

Information and advice

NHS Choices provide guidance on mental health and wellbeing, including specific information on stress, anxiety and depression as well as tips to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

For more information on mental health in Waltham Forest see our Mental Wellbeing Strategy 2018-21.


NHS Choices service finder can help you find the right support for you.  

Smoking, alcohol, drugs Click to get info

Smoking, alcohol and drugs can put your health at risk regardless of how often you take them.

You are up to four times more likely to quit smoking if you have support and our Stop Smoking Service has been set up to give you that.

If you have an alcohol or drugs misuse problem we have the advice and guidance on where you can go to get help.