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Issue 11

Sutton Mental Health Foundation
NEWS

February is the month of love!
But always remember to love yourself first.


Lockdown 3 seems endless, but we have a range of new activities and ways to keep everyone feeling positive. 

SMHF has teamed up with Sutton Council to launch the Sutton Wellbeing Line, a freephone number offering support and a chat if you are feeling in need of someone to talk to - just call 0800 012 9105  Monday - Friday, 10am - 2pm. 

We are also offering 12 weeks of free Wellbeing Activities - weekly Coffee Mornings online (Tuesdays 11.30 - 12.30); Art for Wellbeing (Mondays 6pm - 8pm) starting 8th February; and Drama on line (Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.30pm) starting 16th February.


This month's Signpost Sutton Session looks at Recovery, and we continue to offer Mindfulness, Yoga and our OCD support group online.  And don't forget our final Crisis Café consultation event taking place on 25th February.

If you have skills in Publisher and are looking to do some volunteering, do check out our Voyager Volunteer Opportunity.


In the meanitme, please keep safe and keep following the lockdown rules,

Ovie

Crisis Cafe update

Work on the crisis café continues; we have had a great response to our consultation with over 180 responses to our surveys. Plans are underway to develop a service that reflects the needs and wishes of local people.  We are wating to hear the results of a funding bid to NHS England, and once we have confirmed funding we will be able to start work in earnest.  In the meantime, please join us on Thursday 25th February, 11.30 - 1pm on Zoom, for our final consultation event to look at defining what is a crisis, and how we can make sure everyone who needs to know about the Crisis Café finds out about it.
  To register email crisiscafe@smhf.org.uk
Register Now

Upcoming events

Art 4 wellbeing

New art classes starting 8th February.

Express yourself through creative art.  
Join Anna on Zoom, weekly on Mondays 6pm to 8pm.

Book online smhf.org.uk/events/art
email events@smhf.org.uk
call 020 8770 0172

Book Now

Virtual coffee mornings


Are you feeling lonely, or just fancy a relaxed chat with others? 

Why not join Danielle and Fiona for a virtual coffee morning.
Weekly on Tuesdays, 11:30am to 12:30pm.
 
Book online smhf.org.uk/events/coffee
email events@smhf.org.uk
call 020 8770 0172
Book Now

Devising Theatre Group

Everyone welcome, no experience needed. 
Just bring yourself and a mind ready to explore ...

Weekly on Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
 
Book online smhf.org.uk/events/drama
email events@smhf.org.uk
call 020 8770 0172
Book Now

RECOVERY - Through crisis to hope


Join us online for our next Signpost Sutton session
Wednesday 17th February, 11:00am – 12:30pm.

The session will be presented by Fiona Denton and Danielle Gardner,
Sutton Mental Health Foundation.
 
Book online smhf.org.uk/events/recovery
email jane.isaac@smhf.org.uk
call 020 8770 0172
Book Now

Creative writing

New online creative writing classes coming soon.

Weekly on Wednesdays on Zoom. 

To register your interest
email events@smhf.org.uk
call 020 8770 0172

Register

Sutton Wellbeing line

Sutton Mental Health Foundation is working with Sutton Council to run Sutton Wellbeing Line - a dedicated freephone line running 20 hours a week, which residents can call if they need someone to talk to.

Sometimes just talking to someone can be really helpful; our staff are here to listen and offer support. We can also put you in touch with other organisations who may be able to help if that is what is needed.

Just call 0800 012 9105
Mon - Fri, 10am - 2pm

Telephone appointments at SMHF

If you need support, we are open for telephone appointments Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10:30 am to 2:30pm. During these times you can also call us for support.

For more information you can call 020 8770 0172. We hope to return to face to face appointments and activities in the near future, depending on the changing situation – so keep watching this space.

Book an appointment
If you need specialist help or advice, for example with benefits or housing, family matters, debt or employment issues, you can book a 50 minute telephone appointment for advice. Appointments are available on Thursdays, 10am to 1pm, in partnership with Citizens Advice Sutton.
Book an appointment

Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for someone to join our Voyager magazine team and help with producing the quarterly issues.

The Voyager Magazine is written, compiled, and edited by service users. It provides a comprehensive and regularly updated directory of local mental health services as well as entertaining articles, opinion pieces, recipes, quizzes, art and poetry.

We are in need of a volunteer with excellent IT and, in particular, Publisher skills to layout each issue of the magazine and work with the editorial team.  If you think this could be you, or you would like more information, please contact Ovie on ovie.oboh@smhf.org.uk or leave a message on 020 8770 0172

Activities and support groups

Yoga


Join Olga for weekly sessions on Thursdays at 7pm on Zoom. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Classes are suitable for all levels including beginners.

Book online smhf.org.uk/events/yoga
email events@smhf.org.uk
call 020 8770 0172

Book Now

Mindfulness


Mindfulness can help improve your wellbeing, physical health and mental health. Join Olga for weekly sessions on Mondays at 7pm on Zoom.

Find a comfortable position sitting on the floor or on a chair, with room to lie down should you wish. Relax and follow Olga’s instructions as best as you can.

Book online smhf.org.uk/events/mindfulness
email events@smhf.org.uk
call 020 8770 0172

Book Now

Sutton OCD support group


If you are living with OCD and want to talk and share your experiences with others, join us for fortnightly meetings on Fridays at 7pm on Zoom. 

Book online smhf.org.uk/events/ocd
email events@smhf.org.uk
call 020 8770 0172

Book Now


Armchair Yoga (online)


Sutton College will be running a 5-week course from 23rd February to 23rd March, 2pm to 3pm. The course is suitable for beginners and those with previous yoga experience. For more information click below to see the flyer. 
More info


Sutton Men in Sheds
Join us for coffee, chats, quizzes, ideas, connections


Sutton Men in Sheds provides opportunities for men to meet, chat, access support they need, create and pursue shared interest and develop shared social connections. 

For further information email Daniel@communityactionsutton.org.uk

Join their facebook group for regular news and updates: 

Covid-19



Local advice from Sutton Council on Covid-19


The following pages are updated whenever guidance from the government is changed, so typically when restrictions are tightened. 
https://www.sutton.gov.uk/covid19
 
For information about the vaccine, along with reassurance about its safety and the order of those eligible to receive it: 
https://www.sutton.gov.uk/covidvaccine
 
To find out about support available, including mental health support, bereavement, financial advice and social care updates, go to: 
https://www.sutton.gov.uk/homepage/1277/support_available_for_you

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