Issue 9

Sutton Mental Health Foundation

It's December...

“I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.
A magical thing. And sweet to remember.
We are nearer to Spring than we were in September.
I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”

Oliver Herford
The festive season is with us;  traditionally it's a time full of laughter and social gatherings, food, presents and fun. But this can be a tricky time of year for lots of people; even more so this year wilth all the bubbles and restrictions to contend with.

Many people agree that building a routine, keeping active and busy, can help us keep positive and well.  With this in mind, we are here to help.  Many of our activities are continuing all over Christmas, including Yoga and Mindfulness, and we will be open for appointments if you need some support (see our Christmas opening times below).

And if you want, you can join me on Zoom on Christmas Morning for a cup of tea and a chat



Christmas & New Year Opening Times at the Belmont Connect

If you find yourself needing support over the festive period,
these are our opening times:


·       Mon 21st, Tue 22nd & Thu 24th: 10:00-14:30 (Appointment only)

·       Tue 29th (Online Appointment only)

·       Thur 31st 10:30-14:30 (Appointment only)

You can also book to use our IT hub if you need to get online for appointments, meetups, etc.

Phone 0208 770 0172  email or book online at


Join us online for a special Christmas Signpost Sutton session on Tuesday 15th December, 10:30am – 12:00pm.

The session will be presented by Ovie Oboh, Sutton Mental Health Foundation and Daniel Ayeni, Community Action Sutton.

email or call 020 8770 0172.
We are holding a special "Capturing Moments" zoom session on
Thursday 10th December @ 1pm - 2:30pm.

Sharing moments & memories that are special to us.
Share photos, poems, songs & anything else that brings joy.
To book call 020 8770 0172, email or book online at
Ovie is online on Zoom for a Christmas Morning Cuppa from 10.30  - 11.30.  Pop in to say hello, have a chat or share your best corny joke.  Book online, by phone or email before 2.30pm on xmas eve.
Phone 0208 770 0172  email or book online at

Yoga at Home

Sutton Mental Health Foundation continues to bring you Yoga at home with Olga online at 7pm on Thursdays. Yoga at home will be continuing over the festive period so you can join Olga for a class on Christmas Eve and on New Year's Eve.

Book online or by telephone 020 8770 0172.

Are you living with OCD?
Do you want to share your experiences with others?

Christmas Opening:  our last meeting before Christmas is Friday 11th December.  OCD Support Group returns on Friday 8th January.

Book your place online or by telephone 020 8770 0172
Mindfulness is on as usual 28th December
Mindfulness Mondays @7pm on Zoom
Beat the Monday blues!!

Join us for online mindfulness & relaxation classes.

Hosted by yoga instructor Olga on Mondays at 7pm on Zoom.

You can book online at or call 020 8770 0172

Sutton Hearing voices group meets on Thusdays. 
Please call 020 8770 0172 for more information.

Meeting Christmas Eve; no meeting New Year's Eve


What do you think of Test and Trace?

Share your views and experiences with Healthwatch Sutton, make a difference and be in with a chance of winning £25 M&S vouchers!

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and all responses are completely anonymous.

Deadline for prize draw entries: Friday 11th December 2020. 

Crisis Café update
We have had a tremendous response to our Crisis Cafe survey - thank you if you have already taken it.
We have now closed the service user survey, but the surveys for carers and those working in mental health are still open at   If you still have thoughts to share on a crisis cafe, please email us at or phone 020 8770 0172.

We hope to have more news about the progress towards opening a Crisis Cafe in Sutton in the New Year.


Intentional Peer Support – What is it?
Intentional Peer Support (IPS) offers non-judgemental emotional support for people over 18 living or working in Sutton. For those experiencing mental distress it can be a real lifeline.

You may be waiting for help from traditional support services, seeking some extra emotional support on top of the services you are receiving, or looking for support following discharge from care.

Our Peer Support workers all have their own lived experience. This means they can empathise and support from a shared viewpoint and have had similar struggles and experiences. 

If you would like more information,  please phone for a chat on 020 8770 0172 or email

Covid 19O

From December 2nd the London Borough of Sutton has been placed in Tier 2: High alert.
Christmas guidelines, between 23 and 27 December. 

Current restrictions will change briefly over the festive period, and between 23 and 27 December you may want to form a Christmas bubble with family and/or friends.

To find out more visit
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63 Downs Road, Belmont, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5NR
020 8770 0172

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