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The Centre for Better Health

The Centre for Better Health is a registered charity that supports wellbeing and recovery from mental ill health.

They provide a holistic range of services in a trusted, community-based, non-clinical setting:

Better Health Counselling: Their low-cost counselling service helps people to make sense of difficult experiences, deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes in your lives.

Better Health Hub: Their Hub offers a range of low-cost creative, movement and therapeutic groups and courses to support self-care and promote wellbeing.

Better Health Training: Their social enterprise (comprising of Better Health Bikes, Better Health Bakery and Better Health Products) offers 12-week, work-skills training placements to help provide in-roads into employment for those who are struggling with their mental health.

Pathways to Better Health: Pathways is their outreach and support service for 18-25-year-olds living in City and Hackney. They offer free, one-to-one support for up to 12 sessions. Whilst not a counselling or therapy service, They can offer a safe space to talk about how young adults are feeling, and provide practical, personalised support to help with this.

The positive change they want to make
Through their services, they support individuals to achieve:

  • Personal growth
  • Improved wellbeing and quality of life
  • Employment progression

Their ultimate goal is for individuals to lead satisfying and hopeful lives in a society without any stigma around mental ill health.

1A Darnley Road, London, E9 6QH
Area serviced:
Based in Hackney but anyone can apply
0208 985 3570
Opening times:
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, also Tuesday to Thursday evenings 9am-8pm. Sessions take place on the same day and time each week and last for 50 minutes each.
Waiting times:
As of January 2016 the waiting time is 4-6 months due to high demand.
Who is it for:
Anyone who feels they need counselling
£5 for unemployed or receiving benefits, £20 per session if a student or earn under £20,000./£40 per session for clients in full time employment and evening sessions if income above £20,000
How to apply:
Download an application form from their website or get in contact via the details above
38, 48, 55, 106, 242, 254, 277, N38, N55, N253
Hackney Central or London Fields (Overground)
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