Talking Therapies Surrey
Surrey residents urged to reach-out for NHS talking therapy support during pandemic
Young people, those with long-Covid and key workers are the focus of a new campaign from the organisations that offer NHS Talking Therapies in Surrey.
Talking Therapies Surrey is the collective name of the six organisations that provide free and confidential psychological support to people over 17 years who are experiencing feelings of stress, low mood, anxiety or depression. They offer short courses of individual or group therapy treatments which are delivered by fully trained, IAPT approved practitioners either online, by phone or video call or in-person.
These services in Surrey have remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic and have now come together in a major new initiative to raise awareness of the help and support available. The campaign has been running on social media channels Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Spotify as well as on digital and FM radio.
The focus is on groups most affected by the pandemic: young adults (aged 17-25) who have experienced disruption and uncertainty about the future; those suffering from long-Covid who are struggling to get back to normal and key workers who may be finding it difficult to cope.
The campaign animation for key workers is also on the website of Mental Health at Work an initiative by leading mental health organisations and supported by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
For more information please see the Healthy Surrey website: https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/mental-wellbeing/adults/local-services/talking-therapies
Let’s talk loneliness
Loneliness is something that can affect any one of us at any point in our lives, and this issue has become something even more of us have had to deal with over the last year. With social distancing restrictions steadily lifting, many people will continue to struggle with loneliness and isolation after lockdown.
This year, the Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign has joined together with some incredible organisations on some innovative ways to help those dealing with loneliness, as well as tips on how you can help create connections.
Organisations that can help
Talk to someone about how you’re feeling
- For the Samaritans call 116 123 for free or email at email@example.com
- Silverline: for people aged 55 and over, call 0800 4 70 80 90 for free
- The Mix provides free, confidential help for under 25s online and via a helpline. Call 0808 808 4494, text THEMIX to 85258 or use their online chat service on the website.
- If you are lonely or finding it difficult to cope in these uncertain times, call the free and confidential British Red Cross coronavirus support line on 0808 196 3651, open 10am to 6pm every day.
Online communities you could join
Further sources of advice and support
- For over 55s visit www.thesilverline.org.uk
- For older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals visit Age UK at or call 0800 678 1602
- For older people, their families and carers visit Independent Age at or call 0800 319 6789 for free
- For carers: visit Carers Trust, call 0808 808 7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For people experiencing relationship difficulties visit Relate
- The British Red Cross Tackling Loneliness Digitally programme has developed some new resources to help build confidence, coping skills and connections for adults and young people.
- The Campaign to End Loneliness website
Mental Health support
Are you aged between 16-25 and living in Surrey? Mary Frances Trust want to hear what YOU need from them to support your mental health and emotional wellbeing!
One in four people will experience some kind of mental health issue in the course of a year. It can affect people of all ages and backgrounds.
Mary Frances Trust is a Surrey-based charity supporting mental health and emotional wellbeing through groups, activities, courses and one-to-one support.
The Trust are currently looking at how they can improve the services they offer to 16-25 year olds.
Whether you’re currently accessing MFT or not, this is YOUR chance to tell them what kinds of activities and support you’d find most helpful, as well as how you would prefer for this support to be delivered. They will then look at any common themes and how these may fit into their existing programme in the near future!
The survey is anonymous and only takes 2min to fill in.
You can access the survey here:
The full list of wellbeing activities run by the Trust for local people of all backgrounds and all ages can be found here
Facing financial difficulties with debt piling up?
New support is available to get your finances back on track.
The pandemic has had an effect on everyone with many people falling behind on essential bills and getting into debt, but the good news is there is a new scheme which can help, by giving you the time and debt advice you need.
What support is available?
The new government scheme ‘Breathing Space’ gives you temporary protection from most types of debt collection, while you work with a debt adviser to take action to get on top of your finances. You can be protected from creditors for 60 days, with most interest and penalty charges frozen and enforcement action halted. Certain types of payments including ongoing housing costs, utility bills and taxes will still need to be paid during this time
Many people in a mental health crisis also struggle with their finances, so anyone who is getting mental health crisis treatment can get additional support. They can get a temporary relief for the duration of their crisis treatment plus an additional 30 days. Mental health professionals and health and social workers will be able to advise and refer anyone who is eligible.
How can I get support?
You can apply through a debt adviser for 60 days’ Breathing Space. You must continue to engage with your debt adviser and not take out any new borrowing over £500 in this time.
To find out more visit the Surrey County Council website: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/adults/disability-and-mental-health/mental-health/debt-support
Recognising carers in Surrey
Surrey’s 115,000 unpaid, family carers have been through a lot. Covid-19 and lockdown has put huge additional pressures on them, mentally, physically and emotionally – making an already difficult role even harder.
Carers can be caring for a huge variety of reasons – as parents, spouses, siblings and also as wider family and friends. You can be caring for someone all their life, or only just become, or indeed realise that you are a carer.
Support for unpaid carers is available all year round. Find out more on the Surrey County Council website: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/adults/looking-after-someone/your-role-as-a-carer
The Horton Young Creatives
The Horton arts centre in Epsom is inviting a small number of young people aged 10-18 from the local area to join a special group that has a say in how we do things and the activities we offer.
The new group – The Horton Young Creatives – will be given unique opportunities to get involved and take part in free creative activities with professional artists.
You don’t need to be a great artist to join The Horton Young Creatives – just someone who enjoys looking at things a little differently and using your imagination.
Find out more on the Horton Arts Centre website: https://thehortonepsom.org/news/young-creatives-epsom/
Applications close on 30 June 2021.
Making period products available to those that need them
Surrey County Council has launched a ground-breaking initiative with charity Binti International, to provide free period products in selected locations across Surrey and be the first county council in the UK to start eradicating period stigma.
Donate or pick up at selected locations across Surrey
There will be collection boxes where residents can help themselves to pads if needed, in selected libraries across Surrey including Epsom and Ewell libraries.
Look out for the Binti stickers in libraries that show that free pads are provided in that location. There is no need to ask – simply go to the collection box and help yourself. You can find the full postal address for these selected libraries by visiting the Surrey Libraries webpage.
A Binti app is also available to download so residents can find the nearest location where free period products are available to collect and where you can donate. The app is available to download on the Apple app store for IOS users or the Google Play store for Android users.
Where can I donate products?
Anyone can donate pads to the Binti bins – the more donations the better! Look out for the Binti stickers which show participating venues.
How can my organisation or business help with Period Dignity at Work?
If your organisation or business would like to get involved, email the email@example.com or visit the Binti website. You will be sent an information pack that explains more about the initiative and will outline how you can get started.
For more information, visit the Binti website.
Veterans pilot project
Calling the armed forces community, charities and professionals working in Epsom & Ewell !
Surrey County Council are developing pilot projects in Surrey Heath, Epsom & Ewell and Guildford to identify and support veterans and ex-service personnel who are not known to Adult Social Care or Armed Forces Charities.
They would like to invite them to take part in group activities and the opportunity to record their life stories to help reduce isolation, increase friendships and if needed signpost them to additional support.
As part of this project, they are also keen to identify veterans and ex-service personnel living in residential care, nursing homes or who are receiving care in the community.
Surrey County Council Adult Social Care in Epsom & Ewell are working with Surrey Heritage, Bourne Hall Museum and armed forces charities to deliver this project. The pilot is funded by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.
For more details and to get involved, please email: Epsom & Ewell: firstname.lastname@example.org