On 30th July the fabulous Harmonious Choir performed for a very special audience – the staff at 10 Downing Street! As part of a Wellbeing At Work day run by the Cabinet Office, the choir demonstrated the impact of community singing for mental wellbeing on this extremely memorable day. (more…)

Mind in Wandsworth held their bi-monthly Wellbeing day on the 1st August 2018.  The theme of the day was “Connectivity”, bringing people together with workshops on art, horticulture, tai chi and eating together with a healthy and nutritious menu to enable and encourage individuals to learn about healthy eating choices.

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August has been a truly outstanding month for our creative arts project, Portugal Prints. This month, they’ve been busy working away in the and have been popping up all around London, from the V&A Museum, to the Royal Academy of Arts and even in the Big Issue!

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Making sense of universal credit, PIP and more… Know Your Rights at RightsNet.Org

The team behind the rightsnet adviser website have put together a series of useful, free and easy-to-use web tools designed to support people who want to find out more about their benefit rights.

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Careys Foundation Logo

 

In September, seven intrepid individuals from Careys Plc will be reaching for the sky – by taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge and trying their hardest to raise a whopping £4,000 in support of Brent Wandsworth and Westminster Mind. We spoke to Alanha Dunbar, Community Liason Officer at Careys, about the forthcoming challenge.

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Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind would like to express their condolences to the family of the late Joan Ryan.

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Love Not Fear hands, #NoHateHere

Do you know somebody who has #StoodUpToHate? Somebody who fearlessly champions the rights of others? BWW Mind is proud to partner with No2H8 Crime ; we encourage you to nominate somebody who has shown outstanding courage and determination in defending others and preventing hatred and fear from damaging our communities. (more…)

Our CEO Janice Horsman gives a talk about mental health in the armed forces. (more…)

 

A huge thank you to the following organisations who are supporting us by donating items, gifts-in-kind, pro-bono support and funds. We are extremely grateful for your support both by donating items and in believing in our cause and helping to raise awareness of the work that we do. Great things happen when the third-sector and corporates can come together for a common cause – thank you to these wonderful companies.

Experience Days
www.experiencedays.co.uk

Coca Cola London Eye Experience
https://www.londoneye.com/

Sipsmith Gin
https://sipsmith.com/

Caffe Nero
https://caffenero.com/uk/en/

The Condiment Co
https://www.thecondimentco.co.uk/

British Land
http://www.britishland.com/

Covington & Burling LLP
https://www.cov.com/en/offices/london

Waitrose
http://www.waitrose.com/

Talking about your mental health can be difficult – you may struggle to find the words. Poetry can be an extremely powerful and cathartic tool for processing painful emotions and for moving into a more positive and mental well frame of mind. This poem explores the physical manifestation of mental pain, and ends on a hopeful note, full of future promise, motivation and inner strength !

 

Damaged and irreversible

No chance for change

Like the clouds that wander in the open sky

Visible to all, and in plain sight

Your Honor, I present to you the hideous scar

A multitude of questions running the human mind

Like grains of sand

 

My scars feature daily in the morning, noon and evening slot of every news outlet

They announce me

Not always a true reflection of me

But always the first thing that you see

 

The paint may fall from the outside walls of the castle

But from where you’re standing, you’ll never know

Who’s home dreaming great dreams

Maybe even writing great lyrics

 

A story is found in theses scars

Though it appears ugly and dark

Weather beaten, greatly marred

To the worlds physical eyes

Even on sunny afternoons summer light

 

Behold, these scars narrate my journeys and adventures

The paths I’ve walked upon

Dragons fought

Where I’ve been burned

And hurt

 

I hope to rise above these scars

Managing at the moment with Talking Therapies

Won’t let the painful memories and feelings

Define me

 

By Akin  Olusanya