Hestia launches innovative new mental health service in Tooting – The Recovery Cafe

London based charity Hestia are excited to announce the opening of their innovative new mental health service in the heart of Tooting – The Recovery Café – which has been commissioned by South West London and Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG).

This innovative new service will complement the diverse portfolio of mental health services provided, supporting individuals in mental health crisis to reduce their immediate anxiety, formulating individual plans to support their mental health and thereby reducing the likelihood of requiring assistance from local accident and emergency services.

Based at their venue in Garratt Lane (3 minutes from Tooting Broadway tube station) the service goes live from Friday 7th April 2017. The Café will provide a safe space for people to gain assistance if they feel they may be moving towards, or are currently experiencing a mental health crisis.

People aged 18 and over from South West London (Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Wandsworth) can self-present to the Café. The service is free and there is no requirement to pre-book an appointment.

The Café will empower people by enabling them to discuss the nature of the crisis they are experiencing. Focusing them to utilise their strengths and their personal coping mechanisms, which in turn will enable them to decrease their distress and promote their personal well-being. Additionally the café aims to assist attendees in making practical plans with the ultimate goal of preventing a re-occurrence of such mental health crises.

In line with their principles of The Hestia Approach, the service was co-produced with a number of stakeholders, which include customers, staff, commissioners, and local organisations (South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust).

The Recovery Café will be a welcoming, friendly and non-stigmatising environment offering food, activities and quiet spaces to cater for each individual need.

Hestia staff will be supported on site by The Listening Place, the local Home Treatment Teams, volunteers and peer champions.

The Café will be open 365 days, from 6pm – 11pm (Mon-Fri) and 12 noon – 11pm (Sat / Sun & bank holidays). Find out more about the support provided at the Recovery Café HERE and read our FAQs HERE.

A second Recovery Café has also been commissioned in South London and will be run by CDARS at 296a Kingston Road, Wimbledon Chase.

For further information on the Recovery Cafe please contact:

Kirsty Williams, Business Development Manager

For press enquiries or further information about Hestia please contact:

Abid Gangat, Media and Communications Manager

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About Hestia

We are a charity working with adults and children in crisis, to bring about positive changes in their lives at a time when they need it most.  We use almost 50 years of experience to support around 9,000 adults and children across London each year. We try to help anyone who needs us, whatever their circumstances. Across our broad range of services we help people find a permanent home, manage their finances, take care of their health, and access work, training or education, as well as providing emotional and practical support to help people succeed in their daily lives. We believe in empowering adults and children to have a voice in the choices that benefit them, their families and their local communities – to enable them to change their lives for the better, fulfil their aspirations and live the most independent, healthy and enriching lives possible.