From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date July 31, 2023 7:00 AM
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Local Update, 31 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.

Please note there will be no newsletter next week due to staff annual leave.

Events and News from the Web Sustainable Mental Health Practice - Online Networking Event (From The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare), Wednesday 2 August, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Come along to this global networking event and meet other people who would like to work towards sustainable mental health services. All are welcome.

Book Sustainable Mental Health Practice - Online Networking Event [[link removed]]

Barnet Wellbeing Service Review questionnaire

The Barnet Wellbeing Service offers many different services and activities to help you with your mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Barnet Council would like to know what you think about these services and activities. They want to gather as many different opinions and experiences as possible. This will help them make sure that the services they provide in the future are based on what our residents need.

Please let them know your thoughts by completing the short form below whether you have used the services or not. If you can, it would be great if you could pass this message and the form to family members and friends for them to complete as well.

Barnet Wellbeing Service Review ( [[link removed]]

The last day to share your thoughts is 31 August 2023.

FREE Awareness of First Aid For Mental Health ( Half Day Course) (From Mental Health and Life), Thursday 3 August, 10.00am - 2.00pm

Free Course for those who want to dip their toes into mental health first aid or are considering becoming a mental health first aider!

Perfect for those interested in mental health and how to have a supportive conversation about mental health and how to look after your own mental health.

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Understanding Social Anxiety [Free Webinar] (From Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Wednesday 2 August, 6.00 - 7.00pm

It's normal to feel nervous in some social situations, but social anxiety disorder involves more than temporary discomfort when giving a presentation or making small talk. Everyday interactions cause intense feelings of anxiety and fear that disrupt relationships, daily routines, and performance at work and school. Explore the symptoms of social anxiety disorder, learn what the possible causes are, how it is treated, and strategies to manage symptoms and support loved ones who are struggling.

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

Stress and Wellbeing (From The Retreat Clinics), Wednesday 2 August - Thursday 3 August

Life is complicated and can be stressful sometimes. Work, families, finances, health – all sorts of things can affect our wellbeing. We all have to deal with big and small stresses, and sometimes it can be difficult to know how to juggle a busy life and feel OK

Join two experienced adult therapists for a free workshop, to think about how we can be affected by stress, and learn some ways of managing it well.

Book Stress and Wellbeing [[link removed]]

Black Thoughts (From Ninette Osei Wilson), Thursday 3 August, 6.30 - 8.00pm

A non-judgemental online space for confidential discussions related to the mental health of women of colour.

Book Black Thoughts [[link removed]]

Podcasts Health Check Podcast: What a suicide survivor wants you to know (From Straits Times)

Every first and third Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times helps you make sense of health matters that affect you.

Listen to Health Check Podcast: What a suicide survivor wants you to know [[link removed]]

The Health Foundation podcast (From Health Foundation)

Interviews with experts and high-profile guests discussing the most important issues affecting the future of health and care for people in the UK.

Listen to The Health Foundation podcast [[link removed]]

Articles Match Fit: An exploration of mental health in football (From Romford Recorder)

A new book looking at mental health in football is due for release next month.

'Match Fit' takes an in-depth look at the issues in football, from the Premier League down to five-a-side, in the hope of destigmatising a much-neglected topic, with candid contributions from the likes of Chris Kirkland, Paul Lambert and Marcus Bent.

Read Match Fit: An exploration of mental health in football [[link removed]]

Six Ways For Entrepreneurs To Look After Their Mental Health And Wellbeing (From Forbes)

Are entrepreneurs in danger of burning out? The London-based venture capital firm Balderton is worried they could be – it is reportedly launching a wellbeing programme for the founders of businesses in which it invests. The programme will offer a range of personalised courses covering areas such as nutrition, fitness, sleep and mental health.

Read Six Ways For Entrepreneurs To Look After Their Mental Health And Wellbeing [[link removed]]

Support with mental health issues and finances should be linked – Martin Lewis (From Evening Standard)

Money advice services should be located on the same site as NHS talking therapies services, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute said.

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Footballers need more support with addiction and mental health, PFA told (From the Guardian)

Dele Alli interview shines spotlight on players’ wellbeing.

Former PFA chairman calls for change to ‘crisis mode’ approach.

Read Footballers need more support with addiction and mental health, PFA told [[link removed]]

Mental health: 'I wouldn't be here if I hadn't had support' (From the BBC)

Poppy Parsons' life was turned around by the mental health support she received from a hub for young people in crisis.

Read Mental health: 'I wouldn't be here if I hadn't had support' [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web Laughing Fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness (From Jon Bockelmann-Evans), Tuesday 1 August, 8.00 - 8.30pm

Do you LOVE to laugh?

Do you also love being healthy?

Did you know you can use LAUGHTER as a form of gentle exercise to achieve better all-round health?

ANYONE can do it and it's completely FREE!

Book Laughing Fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness [[link removed]]

Poetry Therapy (From Nation's Finest), Monday 31 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]]

Singing For Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing (From Holistic Wellness Community), Wednesday 2 August, 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 1 August, 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 3 August, 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 7 August, 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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