Welcome to our weekly newsletter about mental health services and support available in Barnet and beyond. Also bringing you updates on Inclusion Barnet mental health news. Produced by Ed Peston, Communications Assistant.
Events and News from the Web Hub Connections for World Mental Health Day, Tuesday 10 October
Hub Connections in partnership with Meridian Wellbeing presents:
World Mental Health Day Free Community Event
Tuesday 10th October 11am-3pm
Location: The Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon,NW4 4JT
Theme: Make Mental Health a Universal Right
Empowering event for World Mental Health Day
There will be:
Inspiring talks from service users
Updates from the Barnet Wellbeing Service
Light lunch and refreshments.
Register here: bit.ly/45WUXWO [[link removed]]
Community Navigator Trial
Make social connections and reduce loneliness.
Would you like to join a research study to help find a new way to support people to make social connections and reduce feelings of loneliness?
The Community Navigators Programme aims to support people using community mental health services who are experiencing low mood and loneliness.
It is part of a clinical trial taking place at the following NHS Trusts:
Birmingham and Solihull
Barnet, Enfied and Haringey
North East London
Ress, Esk and Wear Valleys
Camden and Islington
Central and North West London.
If you decide to take part, you may be offered support from a Community Navigator. This will involve receiving support to make social connections (e.g. finding new groups, connecting with friends, and family). Half of the participants will be allocated a Navigator, and the other half will receive written information on local social activities, and both groups will be offered their usual care.
Please note: the study is open only to clients of currently participating mental health services. You can join the study via a referral from your clinician, or by contacting the research team who can answer any questions you have.
Barnet Question Time: put your questions to the Leader of Barnet Council and Cabinet Members
Sign up to attend Barnet Question Time, where you’ll get the chance to put your questions to the Leader of the Council, Cllr Barry Rawlings, and his Cabinet.
This live online event takes place on Thursday 19 October at 7pm. This is your opportunity to ask a question or simply tell the council’s leaders what you think about the borough and how the council can improve.
You can book your place now for Barnet Question Time and you will be sent a joining link closer to the day of the event.
Book your place: Barnet Question Time: Meet the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Tickets, Thu 19 Oct 2023 at 19:00 | Eventbrite [[link removed]]
Mental Health and Wellbeing for Leaders and Managers (From Stratus Coaching), Monday 9 October, 10.00 - 10.45am
In this webinar they will be discussing how to support your team and thinking about best practices to create a mentally healthy workplace culture.
Book Mental Health and Wellbeing for Leaders and Managers [[link removed]]
Supporting Your Mental Health at Work: 4 Steps Towards a Healthier Future (From Verdant Consulting), Tuesday 10 October, 6.00 - 7.00pm
Gain a deeper understanding of why work impacts our mental health and the scientifically-proven tactics you can use to stay healthy
Book Supporting Your Mental Health at Work: 4 Steps Towards a Healthier Future [[link removed]]
No Sweat! Building mental fitness and strengthening your resilience (From Laughology Learning & Development), Tuesday 10 October, 4.00 - 4.45pm
Practical tips to stay mentally fit so you're more readily prepared to flex your wellbeing muscles when the unexpected happens.
Book No Sweat! Building mental fitness and strengthening your resilience [[link removed]]
World Mental Health Day - Open Awards Tea and Talk (From Open Awards), Tuesday 10 October, 10.00 - 11.00am
This is an online event for anyone who wants to have a little cuppa and a chat to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
Book World Mental Health Day - Open Awards Tea and Talk [[link removed]]
Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry. An accessible guide to understanding what causes anxiety disorders and the types of anxiety, their symptoms, common misconceptions, and how relationships are impacted. Discuss co-occurring disorders, treatment options, and learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others with a licensed therapist.
Book Understanding Anxiety [Free Webinar] [[link removed]]
'Designs for Life' online creative workshop for World Mental Health Day (From Jennifer Lauren Gallery), Tuesday 10 October, 6.30 - 8.00pm
Every year, Jennifer Lauren Gallery and Terence Wilde run a free online creative workshop for World Mental Health Day, this year falling on Tuesday 10 October 2023. World Mental Health Day is about raising awareness of mental health and driving positive change for everyone’s mental health. The workshop will run 6:30-8pm (UK time).
Terence Wilde will be leading this design-based workshop titled ‘Designs for Life’. You will be looking at shapes from artists you like, as well as drawn from your imagination, to create a design on paper. After cutting this up, you will use the outlines of these shapes to build up a larger image on paper, that will then be filled with colour, texture, and pattern. This is a workshop to let yourself be free, join in conversations, and have fun!
Book 'Designs for Life' online creative workshop for World Mental Health Day [[link removed]]
Let's Talk: Mental Health. How Best To Support Others Through Tough Times (From The Happy Human Training Co.), Tuesday 10 October, 6.30 - 7.30pm
Are you supporting a friend, family member or colleague through something? Want a bit of support and useful info? This workshop's for you!
Book Let's Talk: Mental Health. How Best To Support Others Through Tough Times [[link removed]]
Podcasts Podcast: Meet the turtle pond whistler: How nature benefits student mental health (From EdSource)
When Natale Canepa was stuck at home to take college classes online in 2020, he was miserable. He couldn’t get outside as much to see nature, and he couldn’t whistle, his favorite pastime.
So when in-person classes returned to San Diego State, Natale celebrated by whistling at his favorite pocket of nature on campus — the turtle pond.
Now known as the Turtle Pond Whistler, Natale spreads joy and has attracted more students to the turtle pond.
Listen to Podcast: Meet the turtle pond whistler: How nature benefits student mental health [[link removed]]
Podcast: A New Approach to Behavioral Health (From Mount Sinai)
On this podcast, Grant Mitchell, MD, describes the new Mount Sinai-Behavioral Health Center, a radical reimagination of how to deliver mental health care. From the welcoming physical environment with natural light and outdoor spaces, the Center inspires hope when each patient comes through the door. Dr. Mitchell stresses how the Center strives to erase the stigma of mental health care, while also addressing all the patient’s physical health care needs.
Listen to Podcast: A New Approach to Behavioral Health [[link removed]]
Articles Fishing Has Positive Benefits for Men's Mental Health, Study Finds (From Men's Journal)
Those in the study who fished regularly were less likely to suffer from mental health conditions.
Read Fishing Has Positive Benefits for Men's Mental Health, Study Finds [[link removed]]
‘Just take a bubble bath!’ Why faux self-care won’t solve our problems (From the Guardian)
Everything from journals to air purifiers, crystal jewellery to ‘poop stools’ has been packaged and sold as the answer to stress, burnout and depression. So why aren’t they working?
Read ‘Just take a bubble bath!’ Why faux self-care won’t solve our problems [[link removed]]
‘The climate is visiting a mental unravelling on all of us’: Charlie Hertzog Young on the dangers of activism – and staying sane on a dying planet (From the Guardian)
The teenage campaigner took politicians to task about the environment – but their apathy contributed to a devastating decline in his mental health. He talks about his recovery and the radical ideas we need to save the Earth
Read ‘The climate is visiting a mental unravelling on all of us’: Charlie Hertzog Young on the dangers of activism – and staying sane on a dying planet [[link removed]]
Eat beans and scratch your own back – expert advice on how to age better, inside and out (From the Guardian)
From exercise and eating tips to brain health and balance challenges: this is what you need to know
Read Eat beans and scratch your own back – expert advice on how to age better, inside and out [[link removed]]
Music has a magical power for people with dementia (From the Guardian)
Simon Partridge, Catherine Roome and Sally Cheseldine on the transformative effect of singalong tunes
Read Music has a magical power for people with dementia [[link removed]]
Regular Events on the Web Singing For Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing (From Holistic Wellness Community), Wednesday 25 October, 6.00 - 7.00pm
An hour of singing for the soul. Victoria will share with you some short, simple but deeply nourishing or uplifting songs that will go in easily, no matter what your experience. Attendees are muted for the songs which means you can sing out loud without any inhibition! And even ad lib over the top if you want! Attendees can also keep videos off if preferable.
Book Singing For Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing [[link removed]]
Laughing Fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness (From Jon Bockelmann-Evans), Tuesday 10 October, 8.00 - 8.30pm
A 30-minute laughter class filled with joy to boost your physical, mental and emotional health and leave you feeling great!
Book Laughing Fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness [[link removed]]
Join this class and de-stress with poetry! You will learn the structure of micro poems such as American Sentence, Haiku, and Sijo. Examples included for each form. Second half of class will be used for writing, sharing your work is optional.
Book Poetry Therapy [[link removed]]
Mindly Weekly - Practical Tips on Mental Wellbeing & General Anxiety (From Step8up Mindly), Tuesday 10 October, 12.30 - 1.00pm
Join this session each week to know how easy it is to manage day to day mental wellbeing, especially general anxiety, using methods which are practical and easy.
Book Mindly Weekly - Practical Tips on Mental Wellbeing & General Anxiety [[link removed]]
Online wellbeing workshops from Mid West Aries
Offering a range of free courses online via Zoom. Anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in mental health and well-being can sign up for the courses.
Book Online wellbeing workshops from Mid West Aries [[link removed]]
Psychologically Informed Reflective Practice for Parents (From Jounita Wright), Thursday 12 October, 7.00 - 10.00pm
This is a free online event for any parent/carer of adolescents aged 13-20 concerned with behaviour change.
Book Psychologically Informed Reflective Practice for Parents [[link removed]]
Online ADHD Support Group (From Tim Kiver Foundation), Tuesday 10 October, 7.30 - 9.00pm
A safe place for anyone interested in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in ANY way to share experiences and learn more about:
• What ADHD is
• How ADHD affects peoples every day life
• Ways to manage ADHD symptoms
• How to seek medical help for ADHD
• The Facts and Fiction that surround ADHD
Book Online ADHD Support Group [[link removed]]
International Wellbeing Support Group (From Rain on Me), Monday 16 October, 5.30pm
A free, international safe space to vent and grow with people who understand and accept you.
Book International Wellbeing Support Group [[link removed]]
Regular Events in Barnet Community Wellbeing Support (From Meridian Wellbeing, Mind Enfield and Barnet and Colindale Communities Trust)
Providing mental health and wellbeing support at the heart of the community.
Feeling worried about life or struggling?
Just need someone to talk to confidentially?
The cafe will provide:
Day time and evening access
One to one support from trained mental health wellbeing empowerment workers
Group workshops and training
Emotional health checks and personal action and safety plans
A safe space to be and crisis support out of hours
Help to build your resilience and self-management
Drop into the old library, every Thursday:
12pm - 5pm - emotional health check drop in
3pm - 5pm - crisis and well-being support drop-in
5pm - 8.pm - appointment-based crisis and well-being support
Helpline for immediate emotional support and enquiries 020 8906 7503.
For more information please drop into the Old Library on the Concourse, NW9 5XA or call Colindale Communities Trust (CCT) on 020 8200 3014
Andy's Man Club in Barnet, Every Monday at the Meritage Centre, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Andy's Man Club run talking groups for men who have either been through a storm, are currently going through a storm, have a storm brewing in life or just want to meet a good group of people with the aim of improving one another. No referral, no registration and no charge. Even the brew and biscuits are free!
The Meritage Centre,
Visit the Andy's Man Club Website [[link removed]]
Meridian Wellbeing in Barnet
A range of events and activities in Barnet and online including Barnet Wellbeing Hub, Barnet IAPT, Wellbeing Cafe, Wellbeing Workshops, Chinese Wellbeing Services, Supportive Online Communities
More information about Meridian Wellbeing events and activities [[link removed]]
Barnet Carers provides support and information for unpaid, informal, carers across the London Borough of Barnet. Includes yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
Read about and book Barnet Carers Events [[link removed]]
Building Friendship is a free weekly drop in every Friday for those with mental health difficulties.
Meet at East Barnet Baptist Church hall, EN4 8PS. Come along for a cup of coffee and a friendly chat between 10am and 12noon.
For more information email: [[email protected]]. Or leave a message with your name and contact number on 020 8449 5320.
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This group takes place by Zoom, and the session is broken up into a few casual activities such as:
Catch up about each other’s week
Play a quiz where everybody provides 3 questions
Share and discuss TV, movies and news that has inspired us this week
We celebrated our eighth successful year on 4th January 2023 and have a group of regular attendees (usually around 6, but this may vary). The first half of the meeting our Guest Speaker speaks (on the day we have one) for approx. 20 mins, following this members are free to ask questions. Then half-way through, about 6.45 we have a comfort break with tea, coffee and biscuits. The second half, we all share our experiences of where we are since the last meeting.
The group is facilitated by Sandra Turner and Peter Sartori, both with considerable experience of the mental health system.
Since the Pandemic. Our group has gone through necessary changes. One week our group meets via Zoom from 6-7.15pm. Alternate wks. we meet, in person at 55 Christchurch Avenue 6-7.30pm. No-one is allowed to join our meetings without prior arrangement.
If there is anything else you wish to know, please do not hesitate to contact:
If you wish to subscribe to our monthly “Creativity & Wellbeing Newsletter” please email Sandra with “Subscribe to Newsletter” in the subject of your email.
About Inclusion Barnet
We are a Peer-Led Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisation (DDPO).
Nearly all of our directors and staff have lived experience of disability, including mental health issues and/or long-term health conditions.
We believe that learning to use our lived experience for social change is a skill. We have become experts in harnessing the lived experience of our staff, members, volunteers and the people who use our services to design and deliver higher quality, more person-centred services.
Other services run by Inclusion Barnet that you might be interested in are:
Benefits Advice Service [[link removed]] (supporting disabled people in Barnet to access the benefits they are entitled to).
Touchpoint [[link removed]] (supports people experiencing any form of disability in Barnet to access the services and resources they need).
Healthwatch Barnet [[link removed]] (an independent, statutory organisation dedicated to improving health and social care services in Barnet).
For more information about the wider range of other work we do please visit our website [[link removed]]
Useful links for mental health and wellbeing
Click on the title to go to the individual websites.
Mind in Barnet [[link removed]] - counselling Mind in Barnet Sanctuary [[link removed]] - find calm, make space, move forward Barnet Wellbeing Service [[link removed]]BEH-MHT* crisis helpline 0800 151 0023 24/7, 365 days a year.
(*BEH-MHT = Barnet, Enfield Haringay - Mental Health Trust)
LONDON & NATIONAL
The Help Hub [[link removed]] - free online emotional support sessions Good Thinking [[link removed]] - free online Mental Wellbeing for London Kooth [[link removed]] - free, safe and anonymous online support for young people Qwell [[link removed]] - free online safe and confidential space to share & support
Shout [[link removed]]- free, 24/7 text messaging support - text SHOUT to 85258 Samaritans [[link removed]] - free phone & email support in a crisis Useful links from Sussex University [[link removed]] - lots of useful links to MH resources
Independent Living Centre, c/o Barnet & Southgate College,
7 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, London NW9 4BR
Inclusion Barnet is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Registered Charity Number: 1158632
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