REST Service

Mind in Camden’s REST (Recovery Experience Sleeping Tablets and Tranquilisers) Service, established in 1988, provides support for individuals from who may be experiencing difficulties due to Benzodiazepine dependency.

These individuals include:

  • Prescribed users of benzodiazepines
  • Existing, recovering, past and potential users
  • Carers, friends and relatives of users
  • People using minor tranquillisers illicitly including benzodiazepine analogues
  • People using minor tranquillisers in combination with other drugs

How can we help you:

“Being reassured that I could be helped kept me going … a godsend … gave me a lifeline. The main psychological benefit was that I was accepted as I am. That makes a great deal of difference when you are ill”.

REST Service User

The Project provides a safe and supportive atmosphere for you to discuss the problems of taking and withdrawing from benzodiazepines. You are encouraged to reduce, but never pressurised to do so. Our services are free and confidential.

  • Support Groups: users and ex-users meet to exchange experiences, discuss problems, gain mutual support and benefit from group therapy
  • Escorts: we can provide assistance to clients suffering agoraphobia, helping you to attend medical, dental and other types of appointments including our support groups
  • Home visits: we may be able to provide home visits to clients who are agoraphobic or have physical disabilities
  • Advocacy: we will write letters of support to various agencies such as GPs, DSS and housing
  • Outreach: we provide talks and presentations to other community groups and professionals
  • Information: we highlight issues of concern in the media to promote a better understanding of minor tranquillisers and their effects and offer guidance on withdrawal methods
  • Counselling: individual and confidential counselling is provided, subject to availability and assessment
  • Family Support Scheme: a support group is held every month to support carers, friends and relatives of users
  • Mindfulness: A session is held every month in the support group

Check out the video:
REST Manager Melanie Davis talking about safe ways to withdraw

Upcoming events:


REST will be represented at the AGM of the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence (PDD) followed by a meeting on opioid painkiller dependence (OPD) on October 19th at the House of Lords.

Meeting chair: Harry Shapiro (Opiate Painkiller Dependency Alliance, Director DrugWise, APPG secretariat)

Dr George Ryan – former GP, clinical advisor to PHE England
Dr Jane Quinlan – consultant in pain management Oxford University Hospitals Trust
Dr Farrukh Alam – consultant in addiction psychiatry Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Cathryn Kemp – director Painkiller Addiction Information Network (PAIN) and expert by lived experience

Manager and service user to speak at a substance misuse forum at Blenheim CDP. 

Recent events:


Presentation to Single Homeless Project Recovery Team at the London Irish Centre Camden by Service Manager and Steve.


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REST were among the services represented at #worldmentalhealth day held in the Phoenix centre. Thank you for the chats, raffle, yummy food, artwork and poetry recitals. Tim Bleech reading a poem he wrote about serenity. Melanie, Mark and Nicky, Amy and Kate.


Donna represented REST and MIND in Camden at National Minds Equality Improvement leaders Group.

The group aims to bring together the diverse voices of people with lived experiences into Mind work and create an opportunity for local mind service user Reps from diverse background and experience

to also contribute to greater national awareness and learning on what we can do together to make sure

–          National Mind’s work is reflective of their diverse needs

–          Contribute to influencing National MINDs wider work to improve mental health support for diverse and marginalised communities

Thank you Donna for being part of shaping conversations to drive positive change.



REST manager Melanie Davis and Lucyfibmelandjulie spoke to a fibromyalgia support group in South London.fiblucytalkThanks for inviting us Julie!



Keir Starmer Labour MP

Offered a surgery at MIND in Camden, spoke to MIC members including REST service users.  kierandmelsecondvisit

Matthew Follows service user and Manager Melanie Davis spoke at Frontline, the drug user group for Camden. Melanie Davis gave a brief introduction to the service, Matthew told his story and then both took questions. The meeting was well attended by drug service users, some of whom had had experience with benzodiazepines.

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day:

The 11 July 2016 was the inaugural World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, part of a campaign to raise global awareness about the issue of doctor-induced benzodiazepine dependency, which affects millions of people worldwide and can lead to debilitating withdrawal symptoms that may  last for weeks, month or even years.

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Rest Service User and Manager promoting REST during the World benzo awareness day at the St Pancras Hospital.

Service User Donna speaks about the world benzo awareness day.


John from the REST project loving life in his 83rd year and off benzodiazepines for 22 years. Living proof that a good life after benzodiazepines is possible. He never forgets his severe suffering in protracted withdrawal but wants everyone to know how good things can be on the other side

Other service users looking awesome in
their “world benzo awareness day”T-shirts

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CRI Margaret Centre – Manager spoke to staff at the Centre and offered a benzo quiz.
“Many thank to Dominic for inviting me to speak and the team were glad to know there is extra support in the borough for benzodiazepine users and hope to refer people to us.” (Melanie Davis)


Manager and Jilly Moore attended the roundtable event of the Solicitors Regulation Authority:
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REST Project outing to “People, Places and Things” at the Wyndham theatre, London – such a stunning evening!
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Melanie Davis at the British medical association
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Picture 1: Manager Melanie Davis
Picture 2: Beverly Thorpe with Dr James Davies
Picture 3: Luke Montagu
Picture 4: Dr Peter Kinderman

REST at the Mental health awareness week – St. Mungo´s Festival in
Camley Gardens Nature Park

Melanie Davis representing REST at House of Lords and Portcullis House for a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependency:
‘Rising Prescriptions, Rising Mental Health Disability: Is There a Link?’

Politicians and experts met at parliament to explore link between record antidepressant prescribing and disability. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence met on 11 May  2016 at Westminster to discuss evidence of the link between the rise in disability claimants and the record level of antidepressant prescribing. The event is being hosted by Paul Flynn MP, co-chair of the APPG of PDD.
 – Melanie Davis is a member of the APPGPDD. – 







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(Melanie Davis REST service manager with Robert Whitaker author of “Anatomy of an Epidemic”, Lord and Lady Sandwich, Dr James Davies and Dr Alison Tierney).



“The benefits of contacting the service have been excellent. Without this help I don’t know where I would have got the support I needed. This helpline is a great help, it made me realise I was not alone.”

REST Service User

For more information, please call our REST Project Enquiry Line: 0207 241 8980