Across Surrey and Berkshire, hospitals are seeing an increasing number of young people being admitted having self-harmed or attempted suicide. Sadly, in the 10-24 age bracket, 7 in every 1,000 females and 1 in every 500 males have been admitted into medical care having self-harmed (Ref: Hospital admissions as a result of self-harm in children and young people | The Nuffield Trust).


east to west have partnered with Guildford based charity, Emerge Advocacy to offer immediate pastoral care and support to young people (and their families) aged 10-25.  

Clare and Jenni head up our team of 20+ volunteers are based at St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday evenings. They are available for any young person admitted as a result of self-harm or attempted suicide. Working alongside the hospital’s clinical team, we’re on hand to help the young person understand what's happening within the Emergency Department, being with them as they begin to reflect on what’s happened and to help them explore the issues that prompted their actions and look at alternative ways of responding in the future.


Where appropriate we can also continue to support them once they’re out of hospital, connecting them with our team in schools.


Although both east to west and Emerge Advocacy are Christian charities, we’re available to help young people of all faiths or none. Our focus is on offering a non-judgmental, open approach for young people to talk about what’s happened, so they can experience hope in what can be a dark and lonely situation and begin to explore a brighter future. Ultimately our goal is to reduce the numbers of young people finding themselves at crisis point back at St. Peter’s Hospital.


If you’d like to find out more about our Emerge work, or are interested in joining our team of volunteers, just email us on emerge@easttowest.org.uk


Covers the volunteer costs for our team to be in the hospital


Pays for a young person to have something nice to eat and drink while in hospital


Funds supervision and support for our volunteers


Pays for a volunteer to be trained and equipped to support young people in a hospital context


Funds up to four follow-up sessions with a young person once they're out of hospital


“Emerge offers a caring and compassionate service to teenagers and young adults in their time of great distress, the value of which cannot be underestimated. The Emerge service adds staffing at a 1-1 level without cost to the NHS, win-win in terms of psychiatric care!“

Dr Dominic Harrison

Psychiatry Lead and Locum Consultant in Emergency Medicine


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