Published: 20 Jul 2017

Changes to the First Steps Public Mental Health Programme will take effect from 1st April 2017. Outlined below is the background to this decision and information on early intervention mental health services that are available in Surrey.


By 2019/20, the budget available to spend on core public health programmes within Surrey County Council will be significantly less than it was at the start of 2015/16. This is due to a combination of national direct cuts to the public health grant and a reduced budget for Surrey County Council as a whole. This, combined with continuing service demand pressures means, that the Council still has significant financial challenges going forward and there is a need to make substantial savings across all budgets.

As a result, the Council has been working to reshape Public Health service provision including the Public Mental Health Programme. As part of this the Council will not be re-commissioning the First Steps service when the current contract concludes on 31 March 2017.

Surrey County Council continues to be very committed to the First Steps Public Mental Health Programme and is currently in discussions with mental health partners to plan alternative ways to meet local need. The Council will be assessing the impact of these plans on those groups protected by the Equality Act and putting in place actions to lessen any identified issues.

Local mental health support available

Further updates on the First Steps Public Mental Health offer will be added to this page in coming weeks. There are, however, a range of existing services in Surrey that offer a variety of support for emotional well-being and mental health, including;

Community Connections

Surrey Community Connections services are open access services, delivered by the voluntary sector, to support people (aged 16 and over) with mental health needs to stay well in their communities. The services promote social inclusion, community participation, mental well-being and recovery by connecting people to 'mainstream' activities in their community by offering a variety of group activities and one to one support. Contact: Current providers and from 1st April 2017, a list of providers is available.

Psychological therapy providers

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provides help and support for people over 18 years who are registered with a GP in Surrey who are experiencing mild to moderate mental ill-health. This can include stress, low mood, anxiety, panic attacks, depression (including pre and post natal), obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress and eating difficulties (not severe).

IAPT providers offer a range of treatments including workshops/courses, group therapy, computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, guided self help material, individual therapy, book recommendations and employment advice through partner agencies

Guildford & Waverley CCG

Areas covered: Guildford, Godalming, Send, Witley, Haslemere, Milford, Chiddingfold, Hindhead Worplesdon, East Horsley and Cranleigh.

Centre for Psychology - 01483 570 765
DHC - 01306 735473
IESO Digital Health - 01954 230066
Mind Matters - 0300 330 5450
ThinkAction Surrey - 01483 746 900

North West Surrey CCG

Areas covered: Ashford, Walton, Chobham, Weybridge, Woking, West Byfleet, Shepperton, Chertsey, Addlestone, Egham, Hersham, Stanwell, Staines, Sunbury, Virginia Water and Pirbright.

Surrey Downs CCG

Areas covered: Tadworth, Dorking, Leatherhead, Thames Ditton, East Molesey, Ashtead, Epsom, Worcester Park, Ewell, Stoneleigh, Esher, Banstead, Oxshott, Brockham, Newdigate, Claygate, Bookham and East Molesey.

East Surrey CCG

Areas covered: Redhill, Merstham, Reigate, Caterham, Warlingham, Horley, Whyteleafe, Lingfield, Oxted and Godstone.

Surrey Heath CCG

Areas covered: Ash Vale, Camberley, Frimley, Lightwater and Bagshot.

Farnham (in Farnham & NE Hants CCG)

Areas covered: Farnham

The Recovery College

Recovery Colleges support people in their recovery through educational courses and workshops on a range of psychological, mental and physical health conditions. The colleges are aimed at everyone whether they use mental health services, care for someone who does, or are a mental health professional. For more details on the courses and workshops available in Surrey, are available.

Surrey and Borders NHS Health Foundation Trust.

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey & North East Hampshire and drug & alcohol services in Surrey

Red Card

We understand that sometimes things that are going on in our lives can cause stress and anxiety. Here is a list of services that can provide information, advice and support on a range of problems.