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.

Recovery cafés

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.

Men’s Sheds

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.

Get Involved

If you would like more information on our suicide prevention programmes, please email swlmh@swlondon.nhs.uk

More on our work to prevent suicide.