Mental health: Wandsworth

Recovery Cafés are safe and supportive spaces for south west London residents who are struggling to cope with mental health crises.  There is no need for an appointment, just turn up during the opening times and you’ll be met by a listening ear.

The cafes are available to help adults (18 years+) with mental health issues from the south west London boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Kingston.

Please note: The cafés do not provide accommodation and are not designed to support young people under 18 years old or those under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The cafés provide:

  • Group activities
  • One-to-one support
  • Chill out space
  • Advice, information and signposting
  • Hot meals and drinks
  • Drop in from local mental health teams 

You don’t need to book or have a formal referral, you just need to turn up during opening hours. You can also ring ahead if you need any support around travelling to the café or would like to speak with a member of staff beforehand.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday 6pm – 11pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and Bank holidays 12noon – 11pm.

The cafés will close at 11:00pm promptly each night and customers will be supported to plan their journey home during their visit to the cafés.

Locations

The recovery cafés are based in Tooting and Wimbledon

Tooting Recovery Café, 966 Garratt Lane, London, SW17 0ND

Email: recoverycafe@hestia.org 

Telephone: 07794 394920

Sunshine Recovery Café, 296a Kingston Road, London, SW20 8LX 

Email: info@sunshinerecoverycafe.org 

Telephone: 07908 436617

Togetherall is an online 24/7 community and an anonymous, peer-2-peer platform supporting a range of mental wellbeing issues, including anxiety, depression, and isolation. Supporting immediate and longer-term mental health or situational distress, providing the security to feel more in control of emotional health.

Togetherall is monitored 24/7 by Mental Health Professionals and provides:

Community: Forums where people help people. Drawings tools to enable the creative expression of difficult emotions.

Courses: Self-guided courses covering mental health and lifestyle topics.

Resources: Library of articles to learn skills and improve your wellbeing. Self-assessments to understand more about yourself and features to track progress.

Togetherall seeks to help people flourish in their wellbeing and reach their best mental health. Courses provided are based on the principles of CBT and are taken at the members’ own pace. There are interactive group discussions for members who are part of that course, along with online journaling and action trackers addressing issues that can affect us all such as PTSD, OCD and depression.

Further information can found in the Togetherall User Guide and the Self Guided Course Guide.

Exactly what kind of therapy you need will depend on your specific problems.  Wandsworth residents can refer themselves to the Talk Wandworth talking therapies services.  

More serious mental health problems such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia require specialist care, and you will be referred to a psychiatrist at the local hospital and/or the local community mental health team. Treatment may involve a combination of medication, talking therapies and 24-hour support if necessary, which may take place at home or in hospital.

S​pecialists can refer you to employment and training schemes that support mental health needs at the same time as providing work and education. They can also offer help in the community through crisis resolution teams, who you can call in an emergency.​

​South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust​ provide specialist mental health and community services in our area.

Visit our COVID-19 resource hub for information about emotional wellbeing and mental health support for children and young people during the pandemic.

Alternatively, read more about Wandsworth child and adolescent mental health services and urgent help.

In an emergency

In an emergency, if your GP surgery is closed, go to a hospital’s A&E desk and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty. 

You can also call:

  • Wandsworth Community Mental Health team – 020 3513 5000
  • Crisis Line – 0800 028 8000 – 5pm-9am Monday to Friday, 24 hours Saturday and Sunday