Resources and support
The South West London Mental Health team is working in collaboration with the six local authorities, South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, the Metropolitan Police and Mind in Kingston, Richmond, Croydon and Wandsworth to launch two new suicide prevention projects funded by NHS England.
During the Covid-19 pandemic they are only providing support over the phone under Recovery Hub.
Clients can self refer either via e-mail or they can take a referral over the phone. They can also accept referrals from professionals.
The Recovery Hub supports people 7 days a week, their operating hours are: Mon- Fri 6-10pm, Sat 2-10pm and Sun 2-8pm.
020 3137 9755
Journey Recovery Hubs provide out-of-hours support to those living with mental health problems, aiming to prevent escalation, reduce isolation, increase independence and self-management and improve wellbeing. The main aim is to support people to reduce immediate crisis and to safety plan for them; drawing on strengths, resilience, and coping mechanisms.
Recovery Cafés support individuals to reduce their immediate mental health crisis and anxiety, including those who don’t have support networks available to them. These are free, inclusive and welcoming spaces for people who are struggling to cope with their mental health and are open evenings and weekends when other services may be closed. There is no need for an appointment and once at the café, you will find the following services:
- Advice, information and signposting
- Drop in support from local mental health teams
- Hot meals and drinks for a small charge
- Group activities
- A chill-out space
There are currently two local crisis cafés available to Adult residents (18 +) of Kingston, Richmond, Wandsworth, Sutton and Merton. Opening hours: 6:00pm to 11:00pm Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 11:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and every bank holiday.
Hestia’s Recovery Café – 966 Garratt Lane Tooting SW17 0ND 07794 394 920
Sunshine Recovery Café – 296a Kingston Road SW20 8LX 07908 436 617
Alternatively, anyone can contact their GP, or their local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service which provide talking therapies for people experiencing mental health problems.
During 2020, we will be supporting existing ‘Men’s Sheds’ whilst encouraging the development of new sheds across South West London.
“Sheds are about meeting like-minded people and having someone to share your worries with. They are about having fun, sharing skills and knowledge with like-minded people and gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. As a by-product of all of that they reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness, they allow men to deal with mental health challenges more easily and remain independent, they rebuild communities and in many cases, they save men’s lives”.
More resources and support
There is so much information and support out there which we can use to help someone we are concerned about. Below are some useful resources that should help you in your role of championing suicide prevention.
- Download our Suicide prevention toolkit (PDF)
- Kingston Bereavement Service – www.kingstonbereavementservice.org.uk
- Zero Suicide Alliance – Save a life, take the free suicide prevention training – www.zerosuicidealliance.com
- Samaritans provide a free 24/7 365 days a year anonymous help line – www.samaritans.org
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a movement aiming to reduce suicide in males under the age of 45 and have targeted resources for men – www.thecalmzone.net
- Mental health helplines – www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines
- It Takes Balls to Talk is a campaign which uses sporting themes to encourage men to open up about how they are feeling – www.ittakesballstotalk.com
- Good thinking, provides online mental wellbeing support – www.good-thinking.uk
- Mental Health First aid training could be introduced in your workplace – www.mhfaengland.org
- Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to preventing suicide in young people – www.papyrus-uk.org
- ‘Business in the Community’ Mental Health for Employers Toolkit
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services (IAPT) to help to overcome their depression and anxiety, and better manage their mental health.
- Croydon www.slam-iapt.nhs.uk/croydon/welcome-to-croydon-iapt / 020 3228 4040
- Kingston www.icope.nhs.uk/kingston / 0203 317 7850
- Merton www.mertonuplift.nhs.uk/psychological-therapies / 020 3513 5888
- Richmond www.richmondwellbeingservice.nhs.uk / 020 8548 5550
- Sutton www.suttonuplift.co.uk / 0800 032 1411
- Wandsworth www.talkwandsworth.nhs.uk / 0203 513 6264
- Mind, the mental health charity
- Maytree offers a sanctuary in London where people can stay a few nights, however, during the pandemic this are currently offering email and telephone support between 10am -6pm. Residential stays will resume at a later date, please see their website for further details – www.maytree.org.uk / 020 7263 7070
- Stay Alive app – a free suicide prevention resource for the UK which is packed with useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. There is even south west London information on the app. – https://stayalive.app/
If you would like more information on our suicide prevention programmes, please email email@example.com