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 Events and News Job vacancy – Head of Peer Services (peer role)
Part-time: 28 hrs per week, contract until 31st March 2025, extendable subject to funding
Location: NW9, London (Hybrid)
Salary: £43,000 per year pro rata, actual salary £34,400
Closing date: 1 December 2022, 23:59
This is an amazing opportunity for someone with lived experience of disability (which could include experience of mental health issues or a long-term condition) to lead on our Peer Services function. This is really varied and interesting role, where time will be split between supporting our service manager, developing and delivering training, advising on co-production, and leading practitioner meetings around related topics, including safeguarding.
More information on Job vacancy – Head of Peer Services (peer role) [[link removed]]
Journaling for mental health and wellbeing
I have written a short blog on the technique of documenting wellbeing strategies and experiences. I hope you find it of use.
Read Journaling for mental health and wellbeing [[link removed]]
Events and News from the Web The cost-of-living crisis, financial wellbeing and our mental health, Tuesday 22 November, 12.00 - 1.00pm (From Charlie Waller Trust)
Is there any getting away from the cost of living crisis? How comfortable do you feel talking about your mental health when it comes to financial stress? In this webinar, it will be explained why it's normal to feel anxious about the situation.
Book The cost-of-living crisis, financial wellbeing and our mental health [[link removed]]
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
Mental Health in the Workplace- Compassionate Colleagues, Wednesday 23 November, 10.00am - 12.00pm (From iungo Solutions)
Come along for some expert advice from mental health advocate Mark Williams and learn about how you can be a help to your colleagues who suffer with mental health issues.
Book Mental Health in the Workplace- Compassionate Colleagues [[link removed]]
Online mental health and wellbeing workshops available to all adults anywhere from Mid West Aries
Book Mid West Aries online mental health and wellbeing workshops [[link removed]]
How to prioritise self-care when working in music (From Help Musicians), Monday 28 November, 11.00am - 12.00pm and fortnightly after that.
While a career in music can be fun and rewarding, it can also create difficult conditions in which to look after your mental wellbeing. Long periods spent away from home, lifestyle factors, irregular work, financial difficulties, isolating work conditions, and lack of routine all have the potential to exacerbate any struggles you may already be experiencing. These situations can have a very real impact on your ability to fully engage with and to enjoy what you do. Developing coping strategies to overcome these difficult moments will help you keep alive your love for your profession, allowing you to enjoy more fully the amazing parts of working in music and make the most of your career in the long term.
Book How to prioritise self-care when working in music [[link removed]]
Singing For Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing (From Crawley Mindfulness Centre), Wednesdays 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]]
Peer Leadership Development Programme - online training at Future Learn
The main aim of the programme is to support people with lived experience to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to become effective Peer Leaders for personalised care.
A ‘Peer Leader’ is ‘a person with lived experience who is committed to working collaboratively with the health and care system to influence the way personalised care is developed and delivered’.
The Peer Leadership Development Programme is open to everyone but is mainly aimed at people who could benefit from personalised care, for example, disabled people, people who have a long-term health condition and/or their family carer.
More information and enrol on Peer Leadership Development Programme [[link removed]]
Creative Communities is a Barnet Council initiative, led by the Library Service to deliver a programme of free events, activities, and experiences specifically for the residents of Colindale. A wide range of exciting events are being planned and delivered for children, teens and adults.
More information on Creative Communities [[link removed]]
A chance to express yourself creatively, using creative therapeutic techniques and exercises facilitated by Dramatherapist Emma-Jo. These classes provide insight into ways you can include creativity in your life to help process emotions, trauma, to aid healing, stress, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and more, within creative methods to aid safety. Guided meditations will be used throughout and a chance to check in with yourself, providing a space to just 'be' in a world where we are constantly having to 'do'.
Book Insight into Creative Psychotherapy [[link removed]]
BAPAM's P.E.R.F.O.R.M.A.N.C.E Series: A is for Anxiety with Dr Pippa Wheble, Tuesday 22 November, 3.00 - 4.15pm (From British Association for Performing Arts Medicine)
60% of performers suffer with anxiety of some sort
What is anxiety?
Why is it so common?
How can we master it?
What support is available?
What practical approaches can we take?
Book BAPAM's P.E.R.F.O.R.M.A.N.C.E Series: A is for Anxiety with Dr Pippa Wheble [[link removed]]
Addictive Eaters Anonymous (AEA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addictive eating.
AEA has members who have suffered from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Many have been underweight, overweight or obese; others were people of average weight yet suffered with an obsession with food. Members may have used exercise and other substances to try and control their weight. Before coming to AEA, members found that they were powerless over food, and unable to stop the food obsession.
More information about Addictive Eaters Anonymous meetings [[link removed]]
A Web For All: Accessibility, usability and inclusivity online, Thursday 24 November, 10.00am - 12.00pm (From Few and Far)
This 2-hour webinar is aimed at charities, community foundations, CIC's and any other good cause who wants to improve the accessibility of their website and make their website more accessible, usable and inclusive for everyone.
Book A Web For All: Accessibility, usability and inclusivity online [[link removed]]
Journaling for well-being (From Gemma Brown Coaching), Monday 5 December, 8.30 - 9.00am
A free workshop community to inspire you on your journaling journey - join for new techniques and monthly themed prompts
Book Journaling for well-being [[link removed]]
The Rainbow Room: A young people's LGBTQ+ online space (for ages 17-24) (From Rainbow Mind), Thursday 24 November, 6.00 - 7.30pm
A fortnightly, young LGBTQ+ online space to connect, share and explore mental health and wellbeing.
Book The Rainbow Room: A young people's LGBTQ+ online space [[link removed]]
Are creativity and madness interlinked? w/ Dr. Anna Jamieson, Tuesday 22 November, 7.30 - 8.20pm (From The Garden)
How can art history help us better understand the relationship between mental health and creativity?
Book Are creativity and madness interlinked? [[link removed]]
The evening specifically addresses the issues men face when a relationship breaks down, in particular, discussing men's mental health.
Book Men's Evening Autumn 2022 [[link removed]]
First do no harm: reflections on gender dysphoria in children and young people, Thursday 24 November, 6.00 - 7.30pm (From Maudsley Philosophy Group)
During the last ten years or so there has been a massive explosion in the number of children and adolescents seeking transition and referred to gender services (an international phenomenon).
In this talk some suggestions will be offered as what to what may underlie this phenomenon from both an individual and socio-cultural perspective.
Book First do no harm: reflections on gender dysphoria in children and young people [[link removed]]
Best practice to support disabled students in Higher Education, Wednesday 23 November, 2.00 - 3.30pm (From Royal Holloway, University of London)
This event will include discussion of:
The challenges faced by disabled students in UK higher education, as identified in research
The lived experiences of panellists with a range of disabilities
Best practice for disability inclusion
Book Best practice to support disabled students in Higher Education [[link removed]]
Experts by Experience (From Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust)
The following was advertised in the latest local Community Mental Health Transformation Programme newsletter:-
Experts-by-Experience – we need you! The programme is well underway and we are always keen to involve service user experience in our work. We’re looking to develop this area over the coming weeks and if you’re interested in being part of helping to make the change, we’d love to hear from you. Please see contact details below to get in touch:
Podcasts Podcast. Explained: How climate change affects mental health (From Wellcome)
Climate change is a global health crisis, and that includes mental health. Find out how it’s impacting our mental health and what can be done to prevent and manage it.
Listen to Explained: How climate change affects mental health [[link removed]]
Video: Prince William, Harry Kane, Declan Rice Open Up On Mental Health (From Copa90 Football)
This film aims to show that we can all face challenges to our mental health, from those at the top of their game to the fans in the terraces.
But through shared interests and common ground, speaking about it doesn’t have to be difficult or lonely - it can be an everyday topic that we talk openly about in our day to day lives.
Watch Prince William, Harry Kane, Declan Rice Open Up On Mental Health [[link removed]]
Articles The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals with generalized anxiety disorder: assessing COVID-19 media source exposure and behaviour changes (From BMC Public Health)
The COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in social distancing, lockdowns, and increase in media posts has taken a toll on the mental health of many people especially those living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The main objective of this study is to understand whether the source of information people use to receive information about COVID-19 and increase or decrease in personal weekly habits during the pandemic were associated with severity of GAD.
Read The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals with generalized anxiety disorder [[link removed]]
Scientists believe COVID may have altered our personalities, especially young adults (From Euronews)
Can a traumatic event or experience completely alter an entire population’s personality?
Until recently, scientists had not found any direct association between collective stressful events and broad changes in a population’s personality.
But the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed that.
Read Scientists believe COVID may have altered our personalities, especially young adults [[link removed]]
Are Mental Health Symptoms Different From Bodily Symptoms? (From Psychology Today)
The majority of mental health conditions are diagnosed largely based on symptoms, in contrast to the rest of medicine, where diagnosis also relies on information from physical examinations and laboratory investigations.
Read Are Mental Health Symptoms Different From Bodily Symptoms? [[link removed]]
Mental health epidemic is shrinking UK workforce and fuelling staff shortages (From Sky News)
The number of people neither working nor seeking work has risen to almost nine million - figures analysed by Sky News show that this is being driven by long-term sickness and, in particular, mental health conditions.
Read Mental health epidemic is shrinking UK workforce and fuelling staff shortages [[link removed]]
How to look after your mental health this autumn (From Practice Business)
As the seasons change, you may notice a shift in your mental health; here are some helpful strategies to support your mental health through this period
Read How to look after your mental health this autumn [[link removed]]
Why inaction on climate change is bad for our mental health (From Imperial College London)
The gap between action needed on climate change, and action actually being taken by world leaders, is vast – and it’s causing huge distress for a growing number of people around the world.
Read Why inaction on climate change is bad for our mental health [[link removed]]
How Exercise Can Benefit Our Mental Health (From Psychology Today)
Exercise is good for your overall health.
Exercise can positively affect your mood.
Exercise is a natural antidepressant.
Read How Exercise Can Benefit Our Mental Health [[link removed]]
Mental health ‘emergency’ facing next generation of Londoners (From Evening Standard)
Many young people are in the middle of an escalating mental health emergency and are “paralysed” by anxiety and fearful of the future, a landmark report has warned.
Read Mental health ‘emergency’ facing next generation of Londoners [[link removed]]
I thought I caused the COVID-19 pandemic (From New York Post)
A woman has revealed the terrifying psychosis she said she developed that convinced her she was responsible for COVID-19.
Natasha Rea, 33, said she was misdiagnosed with a “mood disorder” at age 14, before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 10 years later, in 2013.
Read I thought I caused the COVID-19 pandemic [[link removed]]
‘I nearly took my life’: Islington council training black barbers in mental health issues (From the Guardian)
Black British barber shops have long been a sanctuary for black men and youth, not only to transform their hair
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Lottie Moss says going to rehab was ‘best thing ever’ for her mental health (From the Independent)
Lottie Moss has described her time in rehab as the “best thing ever” for her mental health.
The model, who is the younger half-sister of Kate Moss, spent time in rehab in February for her struggles with substance abuse.
Read Lottie Moss says going to rehab was ‘best thing ever’ for her mental health [[link removed]]
Regular Events in Barnet 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.
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Mind & Mood Support Group has returned to face to face meetings at 55 Christchurch Avenue, London N12 0DG. To enquire about becoming a new member, please contact either Peter or Sandra below.
Both Peter Sartori and Sandra Turner have extensive experience of the mental health system.
We are an independent support group, run by ex service users, for service users, their carers and supporters.
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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