From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date July 17, 2023 7:00 AM
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Local Update, 17 July 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 Wellbeing Programme 7 Week Course - Meridian Wellbeing

Learn ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Tuesday 25 July '5 ways to wellbeing'

Tuesday 1 August 'Managing self esteem'

Tuesday 8 August 'Managing low mood'

Tuesday 15 August 'Managing anxiety'

Tuesday 22 August 'Learn how to say no'

Tuesday 29 August 'Managing relations'

Tuesday 5 September 'Managing change'

1.30pm - 3.00pm

To register for this zoom programme email:

[[email protected]]

Barnet Service User and Carer Forum

Date: 20th July 2023

Runs on the third Thursday of every month

Time: 14:00 – 15:30

Speaker: Julie Pal and Adam Wilson

Topic: Community Barnet – befriending, webinars and wellbeing.

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

Green Walking in Mental Health Recovery - Networking Group (From The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare), Thursday 20 July, 12.30 - 1.00pm

These monthly networking groups are an informal space to support people running or wanting to start green walking groups in psychiatric inpatient settings. Each group starts with someone sharing photos of their green walk. All are welcome.

Book Green Walking in Mental Health Recovery - Networking Group [[link removed]]

Understanding Loneliness [Free Webinar] (From Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Thursday 20 July, 6.00 - 7.00pm

People can be alone and not feel lonely, or be surrounded by others and still experience feelings of isolation. Explore the causes of loneliness, how it spreads through social networks, and the impact of loneliness on our physical and mental health in this one-hour seminar. Learn practical tips to strengthen current relationships and make new connections with a licensed therapist.

Book Understanding Loneliness [Free Webinar] [[link removed]]

Understanding Anxiety [Free Webinar] (From Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Wednesday 19 July, 6.00 - 7.00pm

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 and treatment options, and learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others with a licensed therapist.

Book Understanding Anxiety [Free Webinar] [[link removed]]

The Healthy Hangout - fun and easy health & nutrition coaching for women (From Michelle Kuklinski), Thursday 20 July, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Using the principles of blood sugar balancing and low GL eating, the Healthy Hangout is a supportive and non-judgemental monthly session for women to learn how to embrace food and adopt habits that support their health goals.

Book The Healthy Hangout - fun and easy health & nutrition coaching for women [[link removed]]

Foodbox Hub

The Hope Initiative UK (THIUK) is a charity which provides essential support services to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families who are in need, have experienced ill health or been affected by domestic abuse.

You can register for 5 free items by:

Sending a text message to 07957316807 with your list of 5 items

Filling a form on their website [[link removed]]

Items provided:

pasta, porridge, tinned meatballs, biscuits, peas, tinned carrots, fusili, spaghetti, tinned hot dogs, tea, hot chocolate, cornflakes, sardines, sweet corn, baked beans, plum tomatoes, chick peas, lentils, rice, body wash, toothpaste, deodorants, liquid wash

Collection days: every Friday

Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Venue: Living Way Ministries, 7 The Concourse, Grahame Park, Colindale London NW9 5XB

Transforming Anxiety into Power with Dr. Luana Marques (From Hysterical), Friday 21 July, 6.00 - 7.00pm

Dr. Marques has dedicated her life to crafting a three-step method for managing anxiety and is here to share her story and these tools.

Book Transforming Anxiety into Power with Dr. Luana Marques [[link removed]]

Poetry Therapy (From Nation's Finest), Monday 17 July, 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]]

Keep It Simple - practical tips for staying positive in challenging times (From Laughology Learning and Development), Tuesday 18 July, 12.00 - 12.45pm

Do you ever have wonky thoughts? Things like, I can’t do maths, my handwriting’s appalling, or I’m not a cook? Do you ever wake up with a Monday morning monk on*, worrying about things you can’t control?

Well, never fear; Laughology’s here to shift those negative thoughts and set you on the right path to feel more positive and take action when you least feel like it.

Book Keep It Simple - practical tips for staying positive in challenging times [[link removed]]

Barnet Adult Social Care: Become an Involvement Board Member

Barnet Council are recruiting for 12 residents of Barnet to volunteer to be the voices of people who draw on care and support.

What you can expect:

Have 4 formal meetings a year

Have regular informal drop in sessions

Have an opportunity to co-chair meetings

Have an opportunity to be involved in adult social care projects

Have your say on things that matter to you in adult social care

Be rewarded for your time

Register now:-

Email: [[email protected]]

Tel: 020 8359 5582

Deadline for applications Monday 28th July 2023

Podcasts Podcast: The Happiness Project (From Jacey)

In this podcast, it's all about real talk and having some fun, as we share stories, tips, and tricks to help you truly live your happiest life!

Listen to Podcast: The Happiness Project [[link removed]]

Baggage Drop Podcast (From WonderMind)

Where healthy habits, mindset adjustments, and busy schedules combine, there’s Baggage Drop. Hosted by experts from Wondermind’s Advisory Committee — Dr. Jessica Stern, Dr. Ryan Howes, Alo Johnston LMFT, and Dr. Nina Polyné — Baggage Drop delivers repeatable and powerful mental fitness tools to help rewire your mindset for personal impact.

Listen to Baggage Drop Podcast [[link removed]]

Articles Blocking out quality time with friends has proven to improve mental health (From Dewsbury Reporter)

Catching up with friends is as beneficial to mental health as a relaxing bath or vigorous workout, according to research.

Read Blocking out quality time with friends has proven to improve mental health [[link removed]]

Simon Pegg opens up about mental health struggles: I just felt all at sea (From Far Out)

Actor Simon Pegg has opened up on the time he was struggling with alcoholism when filming Mission: Impossible III with Tom Cruise in the mid-2000s.

Read Simon Pegg opens up about mental health struggles: I just felt all at sea [[link removed]]

How You Can Improve Your Mental Health In Retirement: Three Big Tips (From Forbes)

It’s a mixed bag when one retires. Some are thrilled to be out of a stressful job or are just worn out while others get depressed because they don’t have enough to do.

Academic research on the subject tells two stories: Some improve their mental well being. Others don’t do so well.

Read How You Can Improve Your Mental Health In Retirement: Three Big Tips [[link removed]]

Belonging to a team boosts mental health (From the Hippocratic Post)

Brits who are part of a team are 24 per cent more likely to report they are happy, with an even more pronounced boost (+80%) among disabled people

Read Belonging to a team boosts mental health [[link removed]]

When the ants start crawling, yes, I take my antipsychotics – but human touch is also a powerful balm (From the Guardian)

What’s often overlooked in the treatment of mental illness is the neglect of your body, and its need to be cared for and soothed

Read When the ants start crawling, yes, I take my antipsychotics – but human touch is also a powerful balm [[link removed]]

Britons ‘personally optimistic, nationally pessimistic’, research finds (From the Guardian)

Study finds 91 of people feel ‘happy or OK’ but have less positive view of the ‘world out there’

Read Britons ‘personally optimistic, nationally pessimistic’, research finds [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web Singing For Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing (From Holistic Wellness Community), Wednesday 19 July, 6.00 - 7.00pm

Come join this group on Zoom on Wednesday evenings, 18:00 GMT, for 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.

Book Singing For Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing [[link removed]]

Mindly Weekly - Practical Tips on Mental Wellbeing & General Anxiety (From Step8up Mindly), Tuesday 18 July, 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 July, 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 8 August, 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 July, 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 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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