From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date April 24, 2023 7:00 AM
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Local Update, 24 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 Adopting digital therapies to treat mental health conditions (From National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), Tuesday 25 April, 1.00 - 2.00pm

NICE have recommended a series of digital therapies that can help treat mental health conditions.

During this event they will explore these recommendations and highlight the support available to help you successfully adopt them into your care pathways.

This event is aimed at clinicians, commissioners and anyone with an interest in mental health.

Book Adopting digital therapies to treat mental health conditions [[link removed]]

Routine & Mental Health (From PMAC Mental Health & Wellbeing), Tuesday 25 April, 10.00 - 11.00am


Why routine is so important for our wellbeing (for sleep, for eating, for blood sugars & why this is important, for anxiety).

How routines can impact us for the better (and worse if too rigid).

Look at morning routines, lunchtime, finishing work, evening, bedtime routines - how to make them work for you.

Book Routine & Mental Health [[link removed]]

Age UK Barnet course - Photography on your mobile

Starts Wednesday 26th April

Age UK Barnet, Ann Owens Centre, Oak Lane, East Finchley N" 8LT

£15 for a four week course payable in advance to secure a space

Advanced Class from 9.30am - 11.00am, covering optimisation, theory of photography, utilising mobile photo features.

Beginners class from 11.15am - 1.00pm, covering photo composition, portrait, landscapes, still life.

To book a place contact Helen on 0738 446 6840 or email [[email protected]]

Supporting Mental Health - Building Emotional Resilience - Online (From Ideal for All), Tuesday 25 April, 1.30 - 4.30pm

This session will help you to understand what emotional resilience is, the factors involved and how we can find ways to look after our own wellbeing and build up our own resilience. Learn how to adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties.

Book Supporting Mental Health - Building Emotional Resilience - Online [[link removed]]

Mental health and wellbeing in education: what works? (From RSA), Monday 24 April, 6.00 - 7.30pm

With one in six children aged five to sixteen being identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021 (Young Minds, 2023), increasing from one in nine in 2017, mental health awareness is high on the agenda of education providers and policy makers.

This event will explore the issues in depth and showcase examples of projects and initiatives designed to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing in education and their wider lives.

Book Mental health and wellbeing in education: what works? [[link removed]]

Understanding Dementia (From Dementia Club UK), Thursday 27 April, 11.00am - 12.00pm

This course is aimed at individuals who are caring for someone living with dementia who need a better understanding of this disease.

The course is also aimed at organisations and businesses who need to create or improve their current policies around ensuring the best customer and staff experience in situations involving those living with dementia.

Book Understanding Dementia [[link removed]]

Managing stress & supporting working parents in a hybrid world (From HelloSelf), Thursday 27 April, 12.00 - 1.00pm

April is National Stress Awareness Month and the aim is to raise awareness of the negative impacts of stress. This webinar will explore the impact on parents & carers of working in a hybrid world, and will provide useful guidance on how to manage & reduce stress.

Book Managing stress & supporting working parents in a hybrid world [[link removed]]

Podcasts Podcast: Real Health with Karl Henry (From Irish Independent)

Karl Henry will cut through the nonsense about healthy living and tell you what you need to be doing to live healthier and happier every day.

Listen to Podcast: Real Health with Karl Henry [[link removed]]

Podcast: Equally Well (From Centre for Mental Health)

Discussion on how physical health is often neglected in mental health inpatient services, giving examples of good work that is being done to change this.

Listen to Podcast: Equally Well [[link removed]]

Articles I am a neuroscientist. Music does more for our mental health than you think (From Euro News)

For many of us, the understanding that music can calm our nerves, improve our mood, and make us feel connected to one another, is largely intuitive.

Parents sing to their babies to facilitate sleep, modulate mood, and scaffold communication. Likewise, adults turn to uplifting music for energy and motivation and soothing music for relaxation and calm.

Read I am a neuroscientist. Music does more for our mental health than you think [[link removed]]

How to look after your mental health without spending a fortune (From the Guardian)

From wild swimming for the adventurous to journalling to create calm – or to write down a good rant – there are options

Read How to look after your mental health without spending a fortune [[link removed]]

Inside the London café that’s improving mental health for the local Jewish community (From Metro)

At first glance, the Headroom Café looks like any one of the thousands of other inviting-looking coffee shops in North London.

There are comfy chairs and trendy brick walls, floor to ceiling windows and a delicious array of food.

But there is something else on the menu at this very special spot on Golders Green High Street. This is a café which also caters for the lonely and those with mental health issues.

Read Inside the London café that’s improving mental health for the local Jewish community [[link removed]]

Gut: Poor Mental Health Can Lead To Digestive Issues; Here's How To Prevent It (From NDTV)

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health because both are connected and complement each other.

Read Gut: Poor Mental Health Can Lead To Digestive Issues; Here's How To Prevent It [[link removed]]

Owning houseplants can boost your mental health – here’s how to pick the right one (From the Conversation)

For those of us who are stuck inside all day, houseplants are an easy way of connecting with nature. This is particularly true for young people, many of whom may lack access to a garden.

Read Owning houseplants can boost your mental health – here’s how to pick the right one [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web Mindly Weekly - Practical Tips on Mental Wellbeing & General Anxiety (From Step8up Mindly), Tuesday 25 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 27 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 1 May, 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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