James Newman joins the Board of Trustees of Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster

Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster is pleased to announce a new addition to the Board of Trustees.

James Newman comes with huge experience in the commercial sector. He is currently a member of the executive of a global technology and software company. He specialises in Corporate Affairs, Business Strategy, Communications and Marketing.

James says, “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Board as I was, and am, so impressed by the work Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster deliver, and that of Mind charities nationally. It is essential we tackle the shame people associate with mental health problems and I look forward to supporting the charities sustainability, growth and enabling people to live the life they choose.”

Sue Williamson, Chair of the Board of Trustees said, “We are delighted to welcome James who has a proven track record in the commercial sector and a passion for mental health and wellbeing. He joins a dynamic and ambitious Board and Senior Management Team and will help drive us forwards.”

Author: Dani SmallBone
Categories: Uncategorized, Volunteers

Specialist housing service for mental health sufferers expanded to help people in Brent

Keys to new properties in Brent

We are delighted to announce that Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster has been chosen by Brent Council to expanded its specialist housing services for mental health sufferers in Brent.

Dominic Bond, Deputy Service Manager, Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster said: “This is a great opportunity to further improve mental health care for people in Brent. Having specialist mental health housing services will offer sufferers tailored recovery programmes and the chance to lead fulfilling lives.” 

The expansion will see Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster managing a further three housing support services across the Borough. The services, like those the charity currently runs in the Borough, will help people on their recovery journey to develop the skills and gain the confidence needed to live independently in the community.

Who are the services for?

The services are for adults in Brent aged 18+. They are designed to support individuals with moderate to high mental health needs, including those with dual diagnosis. Typically, people with moderate to high mental health needs tend to be suffer from discrimination, economic adversity and social exclusion. These services aim to change this.

What do the services offer?                                        

There will be a range of programmes including;

–      Financial planning and budgeting

–      Addiction management and cessation

–      1-2-1 support with daily tasks

–      Community link building

–      Individual and group

–      Training, volunteering and employment

–      Therapeutic arts groups

Does Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster provide similar services anywhere else in London?

Similar services are already in place across Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster.

For more information on the services please contact: Esdras Foxe, 020 7259 8100


Author: Dani SmallBone
Categories: Uncategorized

Managing separation from family and loves ones at important times

Be it a special birthday, religious festival or other time when you would usually be with those you love, the current coronavirus social distancing and self-isolation practices have made these gatherings impossible. This is hard for many of us and whilst there is no replacement for being with a someone you love in person, we hope that these tips and ideas might help.

Get techy

If the people you love have a smartphone and access to internet connection why not try one of the many apps that allow you to see each other? Having asked around here at Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster, the team mostly use WhatsApp and FaceTime to talk with and see their loved ones.

Meet in groups

If you want to spend time together in groups why not try using Zoom or the HouseParty app. Both of these online tools allow multiple people to gather, see each other, talk and share. Several members of our team are arranging family lunches and evening meals with everyone gathering on Zoom to celebrate Passover and Easter.

Virtual sharing

How about setting up group emails, WhatsApp groups or other social media groups? It’s a great way to share photo’s, jokes and updates. You can be in touch with people, pick up messages and share thoughts at whatever time suits you.

You’ve got mail

The Royal Mail is still working so why not send something in the post? Many of the online shops and outlets are still taking orders and delivering too so you could send each other small things like your favourite book.

The good old fashioned phone

And of course, use the phone for either longer conversation or when you just want to talk one to one. Take the time to call at least one person everyday, especially those who re living alone. Even if you just have 5 minutes, we all like to know that someone is thinking of us.

Author: Dani SmallBone
Categories: Uncategorized

Here’s looking at you!

To boost confidence during coronavirus times

Look how much you’ve already managed to adapt to. Look how resilient you’ve already been. There’s no ‘right’ way to respond to this because it’s never, ever happened before. Give yourself some credit.

Author: Dani SmallBone
Categories: Uncategorized, Wellbeing

Resources to help manage children’s mental health during a lockdown

Resources for children

Here are a number of resources that have been shared with us. We will add to this list throughout the coronavirus situation.

  • Mindup – Activities for children to do at home

  • Cosmic Yoga Kids – website filled with activities and things to do whilst staying in
  • Joe Wicks – Live daily P.E lessons starting at 9:00am 

Author: Dani SmallBone
Categories: Uncategorized, Wellbeing

Resources to help manage your mental health during lockdown



Here are a number of resources that have been shared with us, which could help to contribute to a greater health and mental well-being during lockdown. 


  • Good Thinking – A website for adults looking for resources to support their mental health and wellbeing 
  • Anna Freud – Advice for Parents and Guardians as well as schools dealing with school closures
  • Young Minds – A website for young people on managing anxiety about the outbreak and self-isolating
  • Harmonious Choir – The choir usually meets on Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Zoom.
  • Calm – A set of free meditation/mindfulness exercises
  • Wanderlust – Online yoga and meditation platform
  • Gym Mondo – Online gym 
  • Free Online Courses – Distract yourself by doing an online course and learning a new skill 
  • Westminster Library – Join the Westminster online library for free 
  • Artsy – Do a free online art class 



Author: Dani SmallBone
Categories: Uncategorized, Wellbeing

New service for anyone suffering an emergency mental health crisis in Camden and Islington

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust has moved the service it normally offers in emergency departments. Our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital, will now see people in need of care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need.

Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. They are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone their 24/7 crisis line on 020 3317 6333 6333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person they will be seen but they are being urged to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.

Nurses and doctors from their liaison and crisis teams will be at the service to treat people and refer them to the best service to meet their needs.

People not should attend the Mental Health Assessment Service if they have symptoms of COVID-19 – a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If anyone has these symptoms, they should stay at home and use the NHS111 online service to report their symptoms. If they are in mental health crisis and have COVID-19 symptoms, they should telephone the crisis line on: 020 3317 6333

Where and when it operates:

The Mental Health Assessment Service is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the Bloomsbury Building on the St Pancras Hospital site, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE


Author: Dani SmallBone
Categories: Uncategorized

10 top tips for working remotely

Across the UK and here in London many people are now working from home. 

For many of us, work is a social lifeline. 

These tips will help you adapt to remote working and in many instances, lone-working.

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Author: Dani SmallBone
Categories: Uncategorized

Coronavirus: Our top 5 tips to support your mental health

Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this is taking its toll on people’s mental health, particularly those already living with conditions like anxiety and OCD. So how can we protect our mental health?

Being concerned about the news is understandable, but for many people it can make existing mental health problems worse.

When the World Health Organization released advice on protecting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, it was welcomed on social media.

As Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster’s CEO, Simon Thompson explains, this is welcome news as the fear of being out of control and unable to tolerate uncertainty are common characteristics of many anxiety disorders

“A lot of anxiety is rooted in worrying about the unknown and waiting for something to happen – coronavirus is that on a macro scale,” said Simon Thompson, CEO of mental health charity Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster.

So how can we protect our mental health? Here are our top 5 tips:

1.      Limit the news and be careful what you read

2.      Have breaks from social media and mute things that are triggering

3.      Wash your hands, but not excessively

4.      Stay connected with people

5.      Avoid burnout

Keep reading our regular blogs to find out more.

Author: Dani SmallBone
Categories: Uncategorized