Posted by Kat Heath on 06 Jun 2019

Man-up’ ‘big boys don’t cry’ ‘as you were’…

These are phrases that are all too familiar. The idea of men not going to the doctor or not discussing their emotional well-being has been almost seen as an ongoing joke. We hear too often: ‘You know what men are like, they don’t talk’.However with a recent rise in mental health awareness amongst men these phrases and ways of thinking could become a thing of the past.

With Men’s Health Week taking place between 10th to 16th June Epsom and Ewell Families have devised a guide to services in and around the area focusing on Men’s Mental Health.

According to  75% of suicide victims are by men.

In addition to these statistics, 42% of men asked in a survey by said they have considered suicide at some point in their lives.  These statistics are harrowing and are a clear indication of the demand for services tackling men’s mental health.

If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or just need to talk, one of the below services may help you:

63 Downs Road, Sutton, SM2 5NR.
020 8770 0172
Founded in 1987, the Sutton Mental Health Foundation offer a drop in service.

Their aim is to establish connections with others by promoting the learning of new skills and offering emotional support to those in need.<

23 The Crescent, Leatherhead, KT22 8DY

Founded in 1994, The Mary Francis Trust work with people who experience mental health distress. Through various groups and sessions the sufferer will gain the confidence to get their life back on track.

The trust also help to coordinate in the development and delivery of mental health services across Surrey.

Courses include:

Basic Mental Health for Men: (from 29th June)
Saturdays: 11am-2pm
23 The Crescent, KT22 8DY

Men’s Group: (from 27th June)
Thursdays: 7-9pm
23 The Crescent, KT22 8DY

Take Your Mind To The Gym: (from 18th June)
Tuesdays: 10-11am
Banstead Centre, The Horseshoe, Banstead, SM7 2BQ

Anxiety Management: (from 21st June)
Fridays: 11-1pm
Brickfield Centre, Portland Place, Epsom, KT17 1DL

26 Pampisford Road, Purley, CR8 2NE
020 8668 2210

Mind Croydon offer a range of services and support including; anxiety management, CBT and depression management. Contact them to be booked onto a specific group.

Siddely House, 50 Canbury Park Road, Kingston KT2 6LX
020 8255 3939

Mind Kingston offer similar services to above. Always contact prior to visiting.

44 Waterloo Road, Epsom, KT19 8EX
01483 806806

The larches offer a host of support groups including a Men’s Health and Wellbeing Group. Contact the above for details on schedules.

Loughta House, Horton Lane, Epsom.
This is an informal group for men experiencing low mood or anxiety prior the arrival of their new child or they may have a young child.

The aim of the group is to offer support and help identify certain behaviours including anxiety and depression and using techniques to help manage these feelings surrounding fatherhood.
Access onto this group is via the NHS site:

St.Barnabus Church, Temple Road, Epsom, KT19 8HA
Weekly: 7.30-9pm
Self help group for sufferers of depression, offering a space that is safe and welcoming for attendees.

0300 304 7000 (4.30pm-10.30pm) is the leading UK mental health charity who offer a specialist hotline as well as Offering a callback service and an online forum.

Ideal for sufferers that prefer not to attend a group setting.

0300 330 5450

An NHS led initiative which allows you to make a self referral in relation to common mental health problems without going to the doctor.

This is accessible for adults registered with a GP in Surrey.
After completing an online referral you will be contacted shortly after and asked to complete some questions. Through these questions an assessment will be made regarding the suitable group for you to attend.

Some pointers to help your general mental health by men’s health charity;

TALK: talk to someone you trust, especially when things are tough.

MOVE: get moving, exercise does great things to your body and mind.

BREAK: take a break. You don’t need to solve every challenge today. Give yourself downtime.<

GET OUT: go out and do something fun you enjoy doing.

HELP: if you’ve tried some of these things and still feel bad talk to a professional for advice and support

Useful numbers:
MIND MATTERS: 0300 330 5450


If someone you know or yourself maybe contemplating suicide contact 999 immediately.

Take care,

Kat xx

Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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