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

 

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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The World Health Organisation has issued advice to help support children cope wtih stress during the Coronavirus outbreak. Click here to find out more.

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.

 

Christmas Cards to order now

New designs in packs or to buy individually.

There are also reduced rate cards so everyone can enjoy these original cards.

The profits from each and every card sale go towards supporting our therapeutic art project, Portugal Prints.

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 :  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.

 

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.