Archive October 2019

Transitions Lead, Daniela Lewis is keynote speaker for BAME

Tomorrow, Daniela Lewis will be a keynote speaker at this year’s BAME Mental Health & Wellbeing Event. Please join her and other members of the Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster team. 

Where: The Reef, Roehampton University, Grove House, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PJ, UK

When: Thursday 17th October, 6-7.45pm

How to book: Just turn up. It’s open to everyone.


Launching the Ethnicity and Mental Health Improvement Project

This project  is a collaboration between our statutory agencies and community leaders to build and implement a ‘whole system’ approach to systematically monitor the disparate patterns of mental heath care and reduce ethnic inequalities in service access, experience and outcomes in local mental health services. The Conference will reflect on and share this initiative and hear from a range of stakeholders, academic experts and public agency leaders on the ambitions and potential of this programme of work, and our next shared steps. 

We will be welcomed by Bishop Delroy Powell, Senior Pastor at the New Testament Assembly Church, and joined by Professor S.P. Sashidharan University of Glasgow, Vanessa Ford CEO South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust, and David Bradley CEO, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust who have been part of a BME Expert Panel who have invested in and enabled this new programme of work. We will also welcome the many faith, community and voluntary sector groups and members whose leadership has helped shift the ground on how we address inequalities through a community-centred approach.  Black Minds Matter are preparing a presentation on the real-life experiences of black families and communities, to share stories and testimonies which the EMHIP project has been built to respond too. This will be a milestone Conference that will set the benchmark on how we demonstrate and measure our shared and collective ability to address BME inequalities.

What: 11th Annual Black Mental Health Conference

When: Thursday 24th October 2:30pm-7:30pm

Where: New Testament Assembly, 7 Beechcroft Road, SW17 7BU.

You can register to attend and participate through this link : There is limited capacity at the venue and we request that you only register if you are definitely able to join us. Please contact [email protected] or call 0207 720 9110 if you need any further information or support.


On 30th October we’re hosting a Black History Month Lunch at our Wandsworth Wellbeing Centre. Please join us!

When: 30th October at 12.30pm

Where: Wandsworth Wellbeing Centre, 201-3 Tooting High Street, London SW17 0SZ

What: A chance to share stories and celebrate over a themed lunch

To book please call 020 7259 8128

Baroness Lawrence : There’s no halo, just say hello

It’s not always easy leaving the Care System.

We’re here to help. Come to this event to find out more. 



What: Free 4-8 week art workshops including lunch

When: Monday’s. The programme will be running until April 2020

Who: Camden residents aged 18 and over who are suffering with a mental health problem

Find our more: Call 020 7241 8996 or visit Healthy Minds 

Delivered in partnership with Mind in Camden

Richard* suffers with long and enduring mental health problems. To help sustain his recovery he is a regular visitor to our Wandsworth Wellbeing Hub and enjoys participating in a range of creative and intellectual groups. He recently wrote this poem which beautifully brings to life his experiences. 

The Glow worm

There was a glow worm who just didn’t know how to glow anymore.  Try what he may he remained continuously dark and dull and he did feel so very unattractive.  He was not shining in the dark like other glow worms could glow on the trees in the dark.  He used to call himself Alpha-Spencer when he loved life. Now life was just awesome for how dull and dreary it got he no longer felt “Alpha” he was just spent and only “Spencer”.

Then he suddenly had a brilliant idea that formulated in his old curmudgeonly brain.  It was simply to believe the most beautiful of himself and others and to never doubt the authenticity of his loves and the beauty of all life.  With this blindingly beautiful insight it was like he was surcharged metaphorically with lightening again and yes can you believe it he started to glow like every other “Normal” glow worm shining so beautifully on the trees?  He was no longer always wrong but just as beautiful as every other glow worm hanging on the tree. He felt so chuffed and just had to squeal with delight. 




*name changed to protect identity

Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster takes action to address the growing issue of mental health problems among children and young people.

We are delighted to announce that in partnership with Central London CCG and Westminster City Council, we are shortly launching a new service that puts Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) directly in to schools. Service Lead, Nada Calovska said, ‘At at time when 3 children in every class of 30 has a diagnosable mental health problem, the service could not be more needed, or more timely.’

Starting later this month, the MHSTs will work with children as young as 5 years old across a range of primary, secondary and special schools, as well as alternative education provision, sixth form colleges and further education for young people. Each team will employ specially trained staff members who are trained to support children and young people with low to moderate mental health and well-being issues. The work will include group work and guided self-help.

This ground-breaking service, part of the national Trailblazers programme, has been conceived and funded as a direct result of Children and Young People’s Mental Health green paper. To find out more about the national programme visit



As an established provider of mental health services for people suffering with schizophrenia, severe depression or bi-polar disorder, we know that life can be hard for sufferers. Beyond the challenges that they face as a result of their illness, they face a range of other challenges that those without these illnesses are substantially less likely to suffer.

Sufferers are largely socially excluded, financially disadvantaged, suffer prejudice and a wide range of anxiety and low-esteem related issues that make sustainable recovery difficult. They often live in deprivation. They often have complex needs with long-term impacts and have a reduced average life expectancy of between 10 & 25 years (Source: Mental Health Network NHS Confederation).

They often live in fear. 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience discrimination (Source: Mind Annual Review 18) and an increasing incidence of Hate Crimes (Source: CATCH report, Mind, 17). They rarely have a network of relationships and people that can support mental health recovery and lack the confidence and motivation to changes. They often lack access to the services needed to support recovery. Funding for mental health services continues to fall in real terms, with drops up to 8.5% dependent on service type with a 3% increase in suicides where the person concerned had a diagnosed mental health issue. (Source: The Mental Health Network NHS Confederation)

In short, life is challenging. Unreasonably and unfairly so. We are working with sufferers across our Community Support programme to change lives and enable everyone to live the life they choose. Please support our work by donating now. 

Starting university is a major life transition. It can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Students must manage multiple academic and social pressures, and navigate developmental challenges as they transition to adulthood. Students today are also faced with unique concerns compared to students in the past. This includes the stress of unprecedented financial burden from student loans and increased tuition fees, and the potentially negative consequences on wellbeing of the use of digital technologies and social media.

Recent statistics reveal the extent of the student mental health crisis in the UK. In 2015/16, over 15,000 first-year students in UK universities reported that they had a mental health problem, compared to approximately 3,000 in 2006.6

This increase in disclosure is mirrored by a 94% of higher education institutions reporting an increase in demand for their counselling services. Despite the surge in those seeing help, there is contradictory evidence to suggest that there are many more students who do not seek treatment for mental health problems.

There are a range of implications of worsening mental health among students. Poor mental health has been associated with poorer academic outcomes, as students tend to be less able to effectively manage stress and pressure and, thus, their ability to perform given tasks productively is diminished.They may also be more likely to drop out; statistics highlight a 210% increase in university dropouts among students with mental health problems between 2009/10 and 2014/15.6 Of even greater concern is that student suicides have increased by 79% between 2007 to 2015.

The good news is that student mental health is being pushed higher up the government’s agenda. In 2018 the University Mental Health Charter was introduced and a working group to support students transitioning from school into university/college was formed. Whilst this package was promising the results to date show little impact and  a more proactive approach needs to be taken at government, NHS and higher education level. 

This includes universities adopting a whole-university approach to student mental health, which should be informed by best practice. Universities and higher education institutions should seek to implement currently available programmes to strengthen the current evidence base and identify what refinements are required.

Addressing mental health in students can have a positive effect on mental health in later life. By ensuring student mental health is treated as a societal concern, we can encourage early intervention and action.

By intervening early, at a critical transition point in young people’s lives, we can avoid the long-term risks associated with poor mental health, which can have far-reaching consequences for the next generation.