Save the date – Joint Community Connections and Independent Mental Health Network

We are delighted to announce the date for the first joint Community Connections and Independent Mental Health Network event.

We plan to bring together all the partner organisations, people who use the services, commissioners and decision makers, the public and a range of other organisations to explore mental health and emotional wellbeing support in Surrey and celebrate the work that Community Connections deliver.

Community Connections is formed of three main providers : Catalyst – The Welcome Project, Mary Frances Trust and Richmond Fellowship who work together to deliver first class mental health and wellbeing support in Surrey.  Funded by Surrey County Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Please add the date to your diaries and more details will be available shortly.

To download the ‘Save the Date’ flyer, please click the link below:

Save the Date – Celebrating Community Connections

World Suicide Prevention Day – #WSPD2018

World Suicide Prevention Day is 10 September,  an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

We will be supporting the day through raising awareness on social media, discussing suicide prevention in our drop in services this week and letting people know about the services we offer for those who are struggling to cope.

Suicidal thoughts are far more common than people realise but we just don’t talk about them. There are certain factors that should be considered if you suspect someone to be having suicidal thoughts. It’s important to know the signs; it could make the difference at saving a life.

Certain factors are known to be associated with increased risk of suicide. These include:

  • Drug and alcohol misuse

  • History of trauma or abuse

  • Unemployment

  • Social isolation

  • Poverty

  • Poor social conditions

  • Imprisonment

  • Violence

  • Family breakdown.

If you are feeling suicidal or are concerned for someone else, please remember there is help available in Surrey:

In Surrey and Aldershot we have 5 Safe Havens are places where people can go when feeling suicidal or experiencing a mental health crisis. They are open 365 days a year, open evenings and weekends. To find out more

The Welcome Project offer 1-1 support and group activities for those who are struggling to cope with their emotional wellbeing. If you need support or would like some more information, give us a call on 01483 590150 or email

Other help and support available

  • Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123.

  • Papyrus is a dedicated service for young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, you can text 07786 209697

  • NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111.

  • C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any issues they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.

Help and Support

If you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem for you. Consider talking to a professional if:

  • Your distress leads to dangerous thoughts or behaviour, such as considering suicide or physically harming your body. If you are having suicidal thoughts call the Samaritans on 116 123. If you have an emergency medical situation, call 999
  • Your distress lasts for a long time (weeks, months or years)
  • Your distress seems out of proportion to your problems
  • You feel distressed frequently and you are not sure why
  • You continue feeling bad even when good things happen
  • You find that distress interferes with your ability to live life the way you want to live it
  • You feel a need to use alcohol or drugs in order to feel better

There is lots of support available in Surrey – take a look at our Welcome Project website for more information:

Tel; 01483 590150



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