Posted by Devenia Besant on 15 Feb 2020

Just before Christmas Kat did a write up of the services that you could reach out to if you were feeling the pressure of the festive season (for whatever reason).  I thought now was a good time to remind you that these services are here to help you all year round, when it comes to your mental health never feel you have to suffer in silence!

As well as the services listed below there will always be a friend or family member that will be there to listen, comfort or help you…please never feel embarrassed about asking for help, we ALL have struggles at some points in our lives  and with help we can get through those times even when it may feel totally impossible.  Please know as the saying goes – it’s OKAY not to be okay…don’t feel any shame!

On a personal note I am absolutely devastated about the passing of Caroline Flack – hounded by the press and on-line trolls (totally unacceptable) in recent months.  I know I didn’t know her but I’m deeply saddened that the actions of others COULD have contributed to her taking her own life, now I know I don’t know the ins and outs of the situation but what I do know is it’s so important to be KIND always we really do not know what someone is battling with.  It’s important to check on our friends and family…strangers even, it’s important that if we are asking the question “how are you?” that we are open to hear the truth and take time to LISTEN, it’s important to show understanding and compassion with whatever that person has to say, it really costs nothing but our time.

That’s it from me for now but services are:


A volunteer run charity which offers a helpline, in which volunteers listen, without judgement 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Every 6 seconds Samaritans respond to a call for help and Christmas Day is certainly no exception, indicating that people’s problems and worries don’t just stop because it’s Christmas.

During 2018 the top three common topics which people rang about were (in order): Mental Health, Family Issues and Relationship Issues.

Which are all heightened at this time of year.
OPEN: 24/7 365 days a year.

A charity led drop in centre, established in 1987 offering support and an open ear for those sufferers with their mental wellbeing.
63 Downs Road, Belmont, Sutton. SM2 5NR
CALL: 020 8770 0172
OPEN: Mon: 10.30am-3pm Tues: 10am-3pm Thurs: 10am-3pm Sun: 11.30am-2.30pm

SURREY & BORDERS NHS TRUST SERVICES: (Safe Haven, CYP Haven & Mental Health Crisis Line)

The safe haven is based in Epsom and Redhill which offers a drop in service for over 18s (or Carers)

Professionals are there on hand to give advice, support or just to listen.
This service is available 365 days a year.

Epsom Safe Haven:
The Larches, 44 Waterloo Road, Epsom. KT19 8EX
No Number Available
OPEN: 6pm-11pm 365 days a year.

Redhill Safe Haven:
Wing field Resource Centre, St. Anne’s Drive, Redhill. RH1 1AU
No Number Available.
OPEN: 6pm-11pm 365 days a year.

The CYP haven is run in association with the NHS and facilitates 10-18 year olds suffering from mental health issues or anxiety and worry.

The centres are in Epsom and Redhill but are not open on Christmas Day.

Epsom CYP Haven:

The Focus Youth Centre, 9 Depot Road, Epsom. KT17 4RJ
CALL: 07771231553
OPEN: Tues: 4pm-8.30pm Thurs: 4pm-8.30pm Sat: 12-6pm

Redhill CYP Haven:
The Annex, The Redhill Centre, 132-138 Station Road, Redhill. RH1 1ET
CALL: 07846083539
OPEN: Weds: 4pm-8.30pm Fri: 4pm-8.30pm Sun: 12-6pm

Run by the NHS.
CALL: 0800 915 4644
OPEN: 24/7 365 days a year.

A mental health charity which has various local centres to facilitate all aspects of mental health.
Our closest centres are in Croydon or Kingston.
CALL: 020 8668 2210 (Croydon)
CALL: 020 8255 3939 (Kingston)
OPEN: Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm

If you or someone you know is in danger as a result of their mental health or are contemplating suicide contact 999 immediately.

Take care of you (or your friend / family member) and I promise you – all will be ok, you are not alone.

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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