Celebrating Black History Month: BAME Mental Health & Wellbeing Event

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.

 

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Celebrating Black History Month: 11th Annual Black Mental Health Conference

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 :  https://hobv11.eventbrite.com 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.

 

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Celebrating Black History Month: Share your stories over lunch

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

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Transitions Open Day

It’s not always easy leaving the Care System.

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

 

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How it feels to suffer with mental health problems: a personal perspective

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

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World Mental Health Day: Tackling Mental Health Problems for Children and Young People

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 https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/cyp/trailblazers/

 

 

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What’s life like if you suffer from Schizophrenia, Severe Depression or Bi-polar Disorder?

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. 

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