From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date November 13, 2023 8:00 AM
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Local Update, 13 November 2023

Barnet Voice for Mental Health [[link removed]]

020 3475 1314

[[email protected]]

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.

Inclusion Barnet news and events User Voice Meeting, Thursday 30 November, 12.00 - 2.00pm

At this meeting, we have planned some special guests to discuss current consultations to ensure your voices are heard. We will confirm our guests with you in the coming weeks. At the meeting we'll also discuss the suitability of other venues for User Voice events, consider the best meeting format and how well it works for people, and, of course, hear from you as much as possible!

It's going to be a friendly occasion, with refreshments and there will be time for an informal chat, getting to know new people and catching up with some old friends.

Disabled people and/or carers are welcome, as well as friends and family.

Book User Voice Meeting [[link removed]]

Reminder - IB member feedback: Eight questions for a chance to win a £20 Love2Shop voucher!

If you're a member of Inclusion Barnet, keep an eye out for an email or letter from us with a link to the survey. The survey closes at midnight on 30 November 2023.

Not a member? Sign up here and then you can share your views too: [[link removed]]

More information on member survey [[link removed]]

Job Vacancy: Peer Support Worker

More information on Job Vacancy: Peer Support Worker [[link removed]]

Reminder - Job vacancy: Peer welfare benefits caseworker/supervisor

More information on Job Vacancy: Peer Welfare Benefits Caseworker/Supervisor [[link removed]]

Reminder - Job vacancy: Community engagement lead

More information on Job Vacancy: Community Engagement Lead [[link removed]]

Events and news from the web Barnet Service User and Carer Forum (From Barnet Mental Health Services)

Date: 16th November 2023

Runs on the third Thursday of every month

Time: 14:00 – 15:30


Martin Sanford-Hayes - Managing Director of Social Care for North London Mental Health Partnership

Martin will be joining the meeting online.

Topic: Right Care, Right Person – How the Metropolitan Police will be responding to Mental Health calls

Barnet Mental Health services want to hear what you have to say about Adult Mental Health services. Their forum encourages and promotes service users and carers working alongside staff to improve our services.

They have speakers arranged each month and a chat about other topics our attendees may want to discuss. They also share useful information about things happening in Barnet.

Venue: In person at The Network, 24 Hendon Lane, London, N3 1TR


Microsoft Teams, join by clicking the link or entering the details below. MS Teams link is also available on the BEH trust website.

Click here to join the meeting [[link removed]]

Or call in (audio only) +44 20 3321 5208,,325359623# United Kingdom, London

Phone Conference ID: 325 359 623#

Contact Jess Lashko at [[email protected]] to request the MS Teams link, or if you need additional support to attend the forum.

Discrimination, fear, and mental health in LGBTQIA+ communities [free] (From Mindspring mental health alliance), Wednesday 15 November, 6.00 - 7.00pm

LGBTQIA+ adults are three times more likely to experience a mental health disorder than people who identify as straight. Discuss what factors impact this statistic, how to find supportive professionals, ways of coping, and how to be a true ally in this one-hour seminar with a licensed therapist.

Book Discrimination, fear, and mental health in LGBTQIA+ communities [[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 various NHS Trusts including:-

Barnet, Enfied and Haringey

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.

Want to find out more?

Speak to your usual clinician from the team

Brent: Harness Community Mental Health Hub.

Contact our study researcher:

Gamze Evlat, [[email protected]] Phone/text 07510 239172

Check out study website and leaflet

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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.

Conducting a mental health MOT in the workplace (From PMAC mental health & wellbeing), Friday 17 November, 1.00 - 1.30pm

You will explore:

How to assess your current mental health strategy.

Identifying what you are doing well vs areas for improvement.

Why it is important.

Book Conducting a mental health MOT in the workplace [[link removed]]

Have your say on mental health services (From Gaddum), Tuesday 14 November, 10.30 - 11.30am

Are you Black, Asian, Arab or from another Ethnic Minority background? Have you been treated in hospital for your mental health?

Please join a discussion on improving mental health services and they want to ask the experts - you.

The sessions will be in a safe and confidential environment led by our Advocates. All they ask is an hour of your time, so bring a brew and make yourself comfortable.

Book Have your say on mental health services [[link removed]]

Free workshop: how can I find meaning in my life and feel more empowered? (From Mid West Aries), Wednesday 15 November, 10.00am - 12.00pm

In this workshop you will examine what gives a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. You will reflect on what empowerment means and explore an understanding and experience of empowerment and disempowerment in mental health.

Book free workshop: how can I find meaning in my life and feel more empowered? [[link removed]]

Mind and money program (From Rose Tinted Financial Services), Tuesday 7 November, 12.00 - 2.30pm

This is a program for those in work or looking for work who want to improve their current money and mental health situation.

Book Mind and money program [[link removed]]

Living Well in Barnet (From Age UK Barnet)

Monday 4 December 2023 – 10am-12.30pm

The Ann Owens Centre, Oak Lane, East Finchley N2 8LT

Join Age UK Barnet for a morning of free talks and information with a focus on memory and living well with dementia - plus a chance to find out about local community groups.

Professor Catherine Loveday on why nostalgia is good for our brain

Talk on rare forms of dementia - Nikki Zimmermann from the Dementia Research Centre

Improving dementia care for Black communities - Moise Roche University Of London

Poetry reading from former carer Karin De Novellis

All over 50s welcome. Free entry. Information stalls. Refreshments. To register, just contact Fiona Cronin on 0208 629 0269 or email [[email protected]]

Mental health drop-in sessions (From Barnet Health Champions)

Taking place from 2.30 - 3.30pm at Chipping Barnet Library on Wednesday 22 November and then fortnightly.

A friendly face to listen, support and signpost to local services as well as providing information.

More information on mental health drop in sessions [[link removed]]

Podcasts Podcast: The reset room (From Laudable)

The Reset Room aims to equip you with the tools to succeed and to answer your questions on your journey to fulfillment.

Listen to Podcast: The reset room [[link removed]]

Podcast: In the brain of the beholder: Music across cultures (From the naked scientists)

Kicking off a new series of Naked Neuroscience, James Tytko serves up the latest research making waves in the study of the brain with the help of Stephanie Brown and Francis Madden. This month, an analysis of brain networks shows promise for those living with addiction. And a counterinuitive claim that suppressing negative thoughts might in fact be the best way to look after your mental health.

Listen to Podcast: In the brain of the beholder: Music across cultures [[link removed]]

Articles Cafe customers take up mental health help (From the BBC)

Some of the first customers of a new mental health cafe in Birmingham say they are delighted to be able to access support without the "big waiting list".

Alongside hot drinks and snacks, the Grounded cafe has mental health trained staff available to talk to people.

Read Cafe customers take up mental health help [[link removed]]

Transforming negative beliefs with mental health apps (From Psychology Today)

A leading source of stress and anxiety is negative thoughts and beliefs. Negative mindsets can have a profound impact on our mental well-being and overall quality of life. Mental health apps have become increasingly popular as a way of managing stress.

Read Transforming negative beliefs with mental health apps [[link removed]]

Staying up all night rewires our brains — this could be key to solving mental health conditions (From Inverse)

What happens in the brains of mice when they stay up all night could help us better understand mood and other psychological conditions.

Read Staying up all night rewires our brains — this could be key to solving mental health conditions [[link removed]]

Create the Space: Ben Chilwell, Beth Mead and more football figures launch new mental health platform (From the Standard)

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell and Arsenal stars Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema are part of a new initiative that will tackle the issue of mental health in football.

Read Create the Space: Ben Chilwell, Beth Mead and more football figures launch new mental health platform [[link removed]]

Robbie Williams opens up about previous suicide attempt during mental health conversation (From HuffPost

“We need to be careful about what we say and how we say it," the Angels singer urged.

Read Robbie Williams opens up about previous suicide attempt during mental health conversation [[link removed]]

Our world is in chaos. Here are six ways to take care of yourself (and others) (From the Guardian)

Disastrous events affect us all – some directly, others through exposure – and can make preserving mental health difficult

Read Our world is in chaos. Here are six ways to take care of yourself (and others) [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web Laughing fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness (From Jon Bockelmann-Evans), Tuesday 14 November, 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]]

Poetry therapy (From Nation's Finest), Monday 13 November, 9.30 - 10.30pm

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 14 November, 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]]

Online ADHD support group (From Tim Kiver Foundation), Tuesday 14 November, 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 4 December, 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 - - 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,

Church End,



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

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

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.

Do you feel isolated or lonely? Come along to Building Friendship. Free. remaining info repeats in main article." width="503" src=" Weekly online social group from Mind in Enfield and Barnet, Fridays from 6.00 - 7.00pm

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

If you would like to attend, please email Sam Brown at [[email protected]]

Mind and Mood Support Group

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:

Peter Sartori e: mailto:[[email protected]] m: 07947 713306 Sandra Turner e: [[email protected]]

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

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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)


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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