Coronavirus Support

The office may be closed, but we are still here to support you. If you are worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it will affect your mental health please give us a call on 020 8770 0172, Mon to Fri, 9am - 5pm.

If you are in urgent need please contact Samaritans on 116 123 or go to Helpful contacts for a list of organisations that may be able to help.

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Information and Advice

Test and trace - Be aware of scams!!!

NHS Test & Trace is an important way of controlling the virus and getting people out and about again. To find out how to tell a genuine NHS call from a scammer read our test and trace scams post.

Orchid Mental Health Emergency Service

In urgent need of Mental Health support but worried about going to A&E?  The Orchid Mental Health Emergency Service is a new service for patients of all ages with mental health problems who would otherwise have gone to A&E in Sutton or South West London. Ring the Mental Health Support Line on 0800 028 8000 or go to https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/find-a-service/service/orchid-mhes
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24/7 Mental health support line

South West London & St George's Mental Health Support Line offers support when you’re in crisis. It's open 24/7 for everyone in Sutton, (also Wandsworth, Merton, Richmond and Kingston), if you have urgent Mental Health issues, whether you've been in contact with the Trust before  or not. Ring the Menal Health Support Line on 0800 028 8000 or go to https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/patients-carers/crisis-support/mental-health-support-line
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Do you suffer from Anxiety or Depression? Is Lockdown taking its toll on you?

"If you are finding life challenging in these difficult times, then why not join us online? The Sunshine Group is an independent confidentially run Peer Support Group, we meet every Tuesday evening at 7pm for an hour. When restrictions ease we will be hosting some group meetings face-to-face (in South London). Want to join or know more? Feel free to contact Phil at philipbayes@hotmail.com or thesunshinegroup2@gmail.com. 

Remember you are not alone."

Young Minds

If you are self-isolating or social distancing because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to look after your mental health. For advice for young people struggling with the lockdown go to https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/looking-after-your-mental-health-while-self-isolating/

Silvercloud online talking therapies are free to people living in Sutton and South West London. 

As COVID-19 disrupts our daily routines and creates a new level of stress, it is important to prioritise mental health & wellbeing.  Silvercloud is especially designed to offer mental health support for anyone dealing with difficult emotions and situations, brought on by COVID-19. Log in at https://nhs.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/ Access code: SWLSTG2020

Home Learning programme available from the Recovery College

In direct response to the current COVID-19 situation, the Recovery College has developed a range of home learning courses for you to access and absorb at your own pace. For further information go to https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/about-our-courses

Are you struggling with debt?

If you need help with debt don’t struggle alone. Call Citizens Advice Sutton for a telephone appointment with a Specialist Debt Advisor at a time convenient to you. Contact 020 8405 3552 Mon to Fri, 9am - 5pm or online at https://www.suttonalps.org.uk
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National Careers Service

The National Careers Service Offers free and impartial information, advice and guidance to help you with your decisions about careers, courses and work. Call 0800 100 900 or use webchat 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week, or visit the website https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

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Staying Active

Staying active can be good for your mental health, especially during these difficult times - try and add some physical activity into your daily routine. Here are some ideas of physical activities whether you are staying at home or going outside.

Going Outside

Enjoy a walk around your local area.  Sutton’s Heritage site has guides on walks focused around the history of Cheam and Carshalton.

For free downloadable documents ranging from informative to fun go to http://tiny.cc/o6sdoz.

Other suggestions:

Staying Indoors

Here are some ideas for simple activities you can do at home without any exercise equipment, most of them can be adapted for all ages and abilities:

  • spend less time sitting - try not to sit in the same position for more than an hour;
  • walk up and down your stairs;
  • do some housework;
  • put on some music and have a dance;
  • find an online exercise workout - seated workouts are available.