From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date April 17, 2023 7:00 AM
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Local Update, 17 April 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.

Events and News from the Web Barnet Service User and Carer Forum

Date: 20th April 2023

Runs on the third Thursday of every month

Time: 14:00 – 15:30

The BEH co-chair for the forum this month will be Ioanna Xenophontes.

Ferenkeh Jalloh (Consultant Social Worker) will be discussing the new draft Carer’s Strategy and asking for feedback and suggestions for improvements. Please contact the email addresses below if you would like to review the strategy before the forum.

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

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 [[link removed]] to join the meeting

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

Men's Mental Health (From Stratus Coaching), Tuesday 18 April, 10.00 - 10.45am

Sadly, 3 times the number of men as women die by suicide and men are much less likely to seek help if they are struggling. Stratus Coaching are delighted to have a guest speaker Dave Ramsay to talk about mental health for men and encourage more people to overcome the stigma to encourage men to speak up more.

Book Men's Mental Health [[link removed]]

Climate change and mental health: Catalysing a global research community (From Institute of Global Health Innovation), Tuesday 18 April, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Attention on the mental health impacts of the climate crisis has grown rapidly in the past year alone, yet the climate and mental health space remains fragmented. There is rapid progress in some places while critical gaps remain in others. Over the next year, a diverse global community will be working to create an aligned vision and connected community of practice for research at the climate change and mental health nexus.

Book Climate change and mental health: Catalysing a global research community [[link removed]]

Mental Health Awareness: Sleep Hygiene & Relaxation (From Ideal for All), Tuesday 18 April, 2.00 - 4.00pm

Learning Outcomes will include:

·Identify what can cause sleep problems and the impact of insufficient sleep

·Recognize reasons for unhelpful thinking around sleep

·Learn self-help techniques for sleep and create a sleep routine


·Understand the benefits of Relaxation

·Learn how to Switch Off

Identify some Relaxation Techniques

Book Mental Health Awareness: Sleep Hygiene & Relaxation [[link removed]]

Let's talk about STRESS! (From Cathy Radcliffe), Thursday 20 April, 7.30 - 9.00pm

Stress - a very modern problem! How well do you understand the subject and it's profound impact on your physical and mental health?

Book Let's talk about STRESS! [[link removed]]

The Stress Effect (From Laughology Learning & Development), Wednesday 19 April, 12.00 - 12.45pm

What is stress - really?

What happens to your body and brain when you believe you are stressed?

How to change your stress mindset - creating awareness of your thoughts and beliefs about stress and how you can start to think differently.

How supporting others makes stress healthy.

Tools and tips to manage stress positively and maximise the benefits of the stress effect.

Book The Stress Effect [[link removed]]

MENTAL FITNESS - How to Strengthen the Part of Your Brain that Serves You! (From Georgina Halabi Coaching), Wednesday 19 April, 1.30 - 2.30pm

Learn How to Automatically Respond To Life’s Challenges More Positively, without the Stress - FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP

Book MENTAL FITNESS - How to Strengthen the Part of Your Brain that Serves You! [[link removed]]

Podcasts Podcast: Sarah Hughes on Mind, mental health and the role of charities (From Third Sector)

Senior reporters Lucinda Rouse and Russ Hargrave are joined by Sarah Hughes, chief executive of Mind, to discuss her plans for the charity, her views on the need to reform the voluntary sector, and the state of mental health in charities.

Listen to Podcast: Sarah Hughes on Mind, mental health and the role of charities [[link removed]]

The Optimized Mind Podcast (From Mission Matters Network)

Hosted by Dr. Kate Lund, The Optimized Mind explores how we can define our own unique context, build resilience and maximize potential through engaging with today's top thought leaders in the business and personal development space.

Listen to The Optimized Mind Podcast [[link removed]]

Articles Amy Browne: Investing in mental health is both a moral and an economic imperative (From Civil Society)

Stewardship Lead at CCLA, Amy Browne, says the cost-of-living crisis is not just affecting people’s bank accounts, it’s also adversely affecting their mental health. She explains why charity investors should be concerned and why investing in mental health is both a moral and an economic imperative.

Read Amy Browne: Investing in mental health is both a moral and an economic imperative [[link removed]]

Climate Change And Mental Health: How Can We Cope With Eco-Anxiety? (From the Health Site)

Climate change is real and so is eco-anxiety. Researchers, especially psychologists who work on climate change, its issues and how it impacts humans have also expressed time and again that it can hamper people's mental health. One of the most common responses to climate change among people is worry. This worry does not stay limited to just that, it turns into anxiety, which experts now call eco-anxiety.

Read Climate Change And Mental Health: How Can We Cope With Eco-Anxiety? [[link removed]]

‘I struggled to cope’: over-50s in UK describe Covid’s toll on mental health (From the Guardian)

Study shows pandemic caused a ‘second midlife crisis’ for many Britons, with women worst hit

Read ‘I struggled to cope’: over-50s in UK describe Covid’s toll on mental health [[link removed]]

The Link Between Entrepreneurship and Mental Health Conditions (From Visual Capitalist)

Prevalence of ADHD, substance use disorders, and mood disorders appears to be higher in entrepreneurs than in the general public. One-third of entrepreneurs reported two or more co-occurring mental health conditions.

Read The Link Between Entrepreneurship and Mental Health Conditions [[link removed]]

Walking more can boost fitness and mental health, says PHA (From the BBC)

People should think about increasing their daily step count to help boost their physical and mental health, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has said.

Read Walking more can boost fitness and mental health, says PHA [[link removed]]

Stand-Up For Your Mental Health: The Pioneers Using Humour As A Healer (From Men's Health)

Comedy-writing classes are being trialled as a groundbreaking new strategy to help men process trauma and manage depression. And they could soon be available via GP referral, too.

Read Stand-Up For Your Mental Health: The Pioneers Using Humour As A Healer [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web Mindly Weekly - Practical Tips on Mental Wellbeing & General Anxiety (From Step8up Mindly), Tuesday 18 April, 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 20 April, 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 9 May, 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 17 April, 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 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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