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



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.

Gift Aid is an easy way for individual donors to boost their charity donation at no extra cost to them or the charity they support.


Gift Aid means charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) get an extra 25p for every £1 donated. Gift Aid is a scheme which allows charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to claim from HMRC, the basic rate of tax their donors have paid. Gift Aid increases the value of donations by 25%, so it means even more money goes to the causes you care about – and it won’t cost you extra.

To make sure that we can receive this extra donation, you only need to complete one Gift Aid declaration (GAD) and we’ll arrange for the Gift Aid to be collected. Likewise, if your circumstances change and your donations are no longer eligible for Gift Aid, you just need to let us know, and it saves you the time and admin of contacting each of the charities you support directly.


The charity can only claim Gift Aid on monetary donations from your own funds, and if you’ve paid UK Income and / or Capital Gains Tax during that tax year. The tax you pay in that tax year must be at least equal to the value of Gift Aid the charity or CASC will claim on your donation(s).

If you stop paying enough tax, it’s important to tell all of the charities you’re donating to. If you don’t let them know, and you pay less tax in the tax year than the amount of Gift Aid they’re claiming, you will need to pay any difference back to HMRC.

Donations made with a company’s money or other peoples’ money, including amounts raised through fundraising (eg a bake sale)  are not eligible for Gift Aid and you must not request Gift Aid be claimed by the charity on such funds.


For a charity to claim Gift Aid on your donation you need to make a Gift Aid declaration (GAD). The GAD confirms you’re a UK tax payer and that Gift Aid may be claimed on your donation.

What if I’m a higher rate taxpayer?

If you pay tax above the basic rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and the basic rate on your donations. The same applies if you live in Scotland. You can either claim the difference through your Self Assessment tax return or by asking HMRC to amend your tax code.



University data shows long delays, raising fears young people’s mental welfare will decline in the interim.

Students at the Royal College of Music had to wait 84 days to start counselling. Photograph: Phil Rowley

Students with mental health problems are being forced to wait up to 12 weeks for help from their university, prompting fears that some may take their own lives during the delay. Sir Norman Lamb, the ex-health minister who obtained the data, said such long delays for care for conditions such as anxiety and depression could prove seriously damaging to undergraduates.

Lamb said: “Twelve-week delays to start counselling are scandalous, particularly when we know that so many students are taking their own lives, that’s longer than a university term. Universities with these long waiting times need to remember that students suffering from mental health conditions very often need help as a matter of real urgency. The risk is that their mental welfare will decline even further while they wait and wait for care and support.” 

Universities have been heavily criticised for the mental health provision they offer undergraduates, as the number of them seeking help has soared in recent years. Students’ struggles can lead to them dropping out, doing poorly academically or killing themselves. An estimated 95 students in higher education took their own lives in the 12 months to July 2017 in England and Wales.

Reported student mental ill-health has increased fivefold since 2010. Research has found that one in five (22%) students has been diagnosed with a mental ailment and that even more (34%) have struggled with a psychological issue with which they felt they needed professional help.In addition, 45% use drink or drugs to help them cope with problems, 43% worry often or all the time and 9% think about self-harming often or all the time.

Responding to Lamb’s findings, Simon Thompson, CEO of Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster said: “The variance of care for this vulnerable group is worrying. Mental health support and counselling for students should be a priority for all Further Education providers. We are currently working with some of London’s leading FE providers, and know first-hand, the transformative power that successful student counselling services have. We encourage those organisations with long-wait lists and limited outcome data to reconsider their approach urgently.“

To find out more visit https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/16/uk-students-waiting-up-to-three-months-for-mental-health-care


Suicide is preventable, not inevitable.

In 2017, in the UK and Ireland alone, over 6,000 people died of suicide. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy.

We know that suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable. But not being okay is still widely stigmatised. We work hard every day to address this and support all those impacted by mental health. 

This year, on this day, we are announcing our latest service to support those impacted by suicide. Working in partnership with South West London Health and Care Partnership, we are announcing a dedicated service to support people bereaved by suicide. Our new Post Suicide Liaison Worker will work with a range of local services to better support family members. If you’d like to know more or apply for the role please contact [email protected]

#suicideprevention #mentalhealth


Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster is excited to announce a new partnership with national Mind and Goldman Sachs called ‘Building Mentally Healthy Universities’. We have been chosen to work with the London School of Economics and Political Science to deliver this programme which focuses on building resilience, knowledge and openness around mental health for LSE students and staff. The programme aims to better equip students to manage the impact of university life on their mental health and to transition from university to employment. They will support the existing work at LSE around creating a culture of openness and support around mental health. This exciting new programme helps deliver our aims and ensure that we all have access to the support we need, at the time, and in the place that we need it.



Its exciting time to join Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster. We are developing a new service that will increase and improve emotional and mental health provision within Westminster educational settings for children and young people aged 5-18. We are currently recruiting for 4 key roles. To find out more click on the links below. 

Clinical Team Lead

Family Therapist

Art Therapist

Clinical Psychologist