Have you ever thought about volunteering? Here’s a story about on of our amazing volunteers.
Magdalena is an experienced music teacher and knows how energising group music making is. She offered to set up and run a music group teaching people with mental health difficulties to sing and play instruments. Our Wandsworth team put the idea to our service users, and the answer was a resounding, yes!
“Your Chance to Shine” was born. Starting with weekly meetings, the group now sings in public from an event celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week to singing at a venue on Tooting Bec Common. For Magdalena and the groups members, these have been rich and rewarding experiences.
Can you volunteer and make a difference?
Everything we say and do is rooted in the experiences of people who know what it’s like to live with a mental health problem. That includes the thousands of people who rely on our local services, our incredible supporters, fundraisers, volunteers, staff and trustees. Their experiences bring our work to life. We provide life-saving and life-changing services when people need it most. Read our annual review for an overview of key achievements this year:
Annual Review 2018 19 Mind In Brent, Wandsworth And Westminster
What: Architecture and the Asylum – Stories from Springfield Hospital. Hosted by Dr Khaldoon Ahmed
When: 11am-12pm, Friday 12th July
Where: Wandsworth Wellbeing Hub, 201-203 Tooting High Street, London SW17 0SZ
Psychiatrist and filmmaker Dr Khaldoon Ahmed will take us on a journey of the construction of Asylums in the 19th Century, to their eventual demise to luxury housing. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Khaldoon and a team of volunteers looked at the history of Springfield Hospital, originally built in 1841, now being redeveloped into apartments and new mental health facilities. In this talk he will present his findings, and show a short work-in-progress film about the old psychiatric intensive care unit at Springfield that was demolished last month. The talk will also include a discussion on architecture and the treatment of mental illness.
There is no need to book, you can just turn up on the day. If you’d like to know more in advance please contact Christine Street on 0207 259 8128 or via [email protected]
If you can’t make this date but would like to attend the lecture, Dr Ahmed is also presenting on:
Monday July 1st, 7pm, Dragon Cafe, The Martyr Church, Borough High St, London SE1 1JA
Tuesday July 16th, 6pm, Tooting Library, 75 Mitcham Rd, Tooting, London SW17 9PD
Our Hub in Tooting is a busy place. In the course of the last year it has hosted over 3,000 individual support sessions and hours of group activities. To mark this milestone here is a photo of a fantastic quilt completed by one of our clients. Congratulations and a lovely way to keep way on these very wet summer nights.
Every year, mental health support organisations around the world celebrate #WorldMentalHealthDay on 10th October. World Mental Health Day is an important day in our calendar, where we campaign to raise awareness of mental wellbeing in our community, and work to break stigma and empower those experiencing a mental health difficulty. Read more…
On Sunday 22nd, an intrepid group of adventurers from Careys Plc scaled not one, not two but THREE UK mountains to support BWW Mind. The group consisted of Alahna, Paul Moran, Patrick Corcoran, Amy Morgan, Craig K De Sloan, Luke Spencer, Sean Sugrue and Rachel Penfold.
They battled wind, snow, rain and blazing sunshine as they trekked their way up Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis in support of BWW Mind as part of the Three Peaks Challenge. Read more…
On Monday 24 September, 30 of our Wandsworth service users met to soak up the sunshine of a crisp autumn morning and to take part in a mindfulness walk in King George’s Park, designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing. The walk was organised in partnership with Enable Sport and Leisure (Wandsworth), as part of the European Week of Sport in partnership with ukactive initiative to get people more active.
We are very fortunate to have some absolutely wonderful local businesses as neighbours. In a recent appeal we’ve been very privileged to have receive a plethora of in-kind donations. Thank you all so much! Without your support we wouldn’t be able to deliver our vital work and ensure everyone gets the support they need to recover.
Neeta Oza is a yoga and pilates instructor, qualified personal trainer and health and fitness blogger. In between all that, she’s also found time to author her first book – ‘My Mini-Micro Mindset Manual’. Neeta was also previously a volunteer with us in 2007. In November 2018, Neeta will be premiering her book – and has very kindly offered to donate 50% of her book profits to BWW Mind. Thanks Neeta! We asked Neeta about her motivation for supporting us in this way. Read her story:
10th September marks the international day for suicide prevention. Each year, over 800,000 people take their own lives – representing 1 person every 40 seconds. We hope to change that and to support people who are experiencing mental health difficulties to experience fulfilled and meaningful lives.
How can we help?
If you’re feeling low, help is at hand. You don’t need to go it alone and it’s best to seek support when you realise you’re feeling unhappy. Contact our services in Brent, Wandsworth or Westminster if you think you need support. Our services are designed to boost your mental wellbeing and support you on your journey towards better mental health, and to provide you with a community for recovery. You’ll meet people experiencing similar things to you and gain insight into how you can take practical steps to manage your mood. You can also access our guide on coping with suicidal feelings.
If you are in crisis, please call 999 or go to your nearest A&E. You can also call The Samaritans hotline for free , 24/7.
Lost a loved one?
Life after loss is difficult – it does get better but you shouldn’t shoulder the burden alone. Talk to us and seek mutual support in the people around you – it is estimated for every suicide, six people are significantly affected by grief. You may also realise your own mental health is affected by the effects of bereavement and may want to seek guidance on how to improve your own mental wellbeing.
How Can You Help?
Light a Candle
The International Association for Suicide Prevention is encouraging people to light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one lost through suicide, for the survivors of suicide, and to show solidarity with those who have lost somebody.
Show Your Support
Saving a life can be as simple as reaching out to somebody who is struggling.
You can also raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention by joining in online using the hashtag #WSPD and share your messages of support.
You can also help us to reach out to people experiencing mental health difficulties by making a donation to support our work.