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TAKE CARE OF YOU THIS CHRISTMAS!

Posted by Kat Heath on 20 Dec 2019

The festive period is fast approaching and although it is marketed as a happy and joyful season it can also be a time of overwhelm, worry and heightened stress for many.

According to Wendy Plumb who works for the charity Samaritans, 10600 calls were taken last Christmas Day from people who needed to talk to someone.

The increase in consumerism and the commercialisation of Christmas can heighten expectations leading to a decline in our mental health throughout the festivities.

Often spending an unusual amount of concentrated time with family members can also add to stress leading to arguments, upset and a strain on relationships.

A feeling of isolation or loneliness can also be a common issue over Christmas, therefore with this in mind Epsom & Ewell Families have devised a list of services available throughout the Christmas period to facilitate all aspects of your mental health.

THE SAMARITANS.

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.
CALL: FREEPHONE: 116 123
OPEN: 24/7 365 days a year.

SUTTON MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION:
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:
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.

CYP HAVEN:
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

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

MIND:
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!

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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