From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date September 25, 2023 7:00 AM
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Local Update, 25 September 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.

Inclusion Barnet News and Events Final Reminder: FREE User Voice Member Meeting

Join us for our next FREE User Voice Member Meeting!

In person at

South Friern Library Colney Hatch Lane, London N10 1HD

or join us via Zoom (link will be sent on booking)

28 of September 2023, 12pm to 2pm

Sandwiches and refreshments provided

These meetings serve as a platform for disabled individuals in Barnet to make their voices heard. Key concerns and issues raised in these gatherings are relayed by us, anonymously, to various strategic meetings throughout the borough, including those with the Council, health and social care teams, and other community services in Barnet.

More information on FREE User Voice Member Meeting and how to book [[link removed]]

Events and News from the Web No Sweat! Building mental fitness and strengthening your resilience (From Laughology), Tuesday 10 October, 4.00 - 4.45pm

Join the almost constant smiler, Laura Drury, for a FREE session filled with practical tips, feel-good ideas and a lorra laughs along the way.

Book No Sweat! Building mental fitness and strengthening your resilience [[link removed]]

Free Webinar: World Mental Health Month - Connect With Events in October (From Mid West Aries), Wednesday 27 September, 2.00 - 3.00pm

FREE webinar for a panel discussion about connecting with mental health events during World Mental Health Month in October.

Book Free Webinar: World Mental Health Month - Connect With Events in October [[link removed]]

Understanding Dissociative Disorders [Free Webinar] (From Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Tuesday 26 September, 6.00 - 7.00pm

Dissociation changes your sense of time and identity, and makes people feel disconnected from their thoughts, feelings, and memories. It's a normal phenomenon that most people experience at some point, though some will develop a dissociative disorder that requires treatment. Explore the types of dissociative disorders, their symptoms, prevalence & causation, and how they're treated with a licensed therapist.

Book Understanding Dissociative Disorders [Free Webinar] [[link removed]]

Silver Sunday event (From Age UK Barnet), Sunday 1 October 2023, 11.00am - 3.00pm

Join Age UK Barnet for a fun-filled day of activities and advice for the over 50s at Middlesex University, The Boroughs, NW4 4BT.

There'll be exercise tasters, music and dance performance, talks and workshops, advice on managing money and health checks. Includes a talk from Professor Catherine Loveday on Love and Connection. Free entry and free light lunch and refreshments throughout the day!

See the full programme of events on the day here [[link removed]] and register here [[link removed]] . To find out more contact Pippa on 07379 331807 or email her on [[email protected]]

Understanding Schizoaffective Disorder [Free Webinar] (From Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Thursday 28 September, 6.00 - 7.00pm

Schizoaffective disorder is a complicated illness that is often confused with other disorders. Explore the diagnostic criteria, signs, and symptoms that differentiate schizoaffective disorder from other illnesses. This one-hour seminar includes information on causation, risk factors, treatment options, and ways to cope if you or a loved one have been diagnosed.

Book Understanding Schizoaffective Disorder [Free Webinar] [[link removed]]

Singing For Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing (From Holistic Wellness Community), Wednesday 27 September, 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]]

Understanding & Managing Workplace Anxiety (From PMAC Mental Health & Wellbeing), Friday 29 September, 1.00 - 1.30pm

A closer look at the causes of workplace anxiety, as well as how to manage and overcome anxiety in the workplace.

Book Understanding & Managing Workplace Anxiety [[link removed]]

Mind and Money Program (From Rose Tinted Financial Services), Tuesday 26 September, 12.00 - 2.30pm and 6.00 - 7.00pm

This is a program for those in work or looking for work who want to improve their current money and mental health situation.

Book Mind and Money Program [[link removed]]

How To Improve Yourself: Psychological & Neuroscience Principles for Growth (From Robert T.), Wednesday 27 September, 7.00 - 8.00pm

Do you want to:

Learn how to use psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience to improve your life?

Discover evidence-based strategies and techniques for health, happiness, and well-being?

Connect with like-minded people who share your passion for personal growth and optimal performance?

If you said yes, then you need to join Four Lobes, a brand that teaches you how to apply psychological and neuroscience principles to your everyday life. Four Lobes is founded by a former city professional who quit his high-paying career to study Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, one of the world’s top research universities.

Book How To Improve Yourself: Psychological & Neuroscience Principles for Growth [[link removed]]

Podcasts Podcast: Predicting psychosis risk to reduce its burden (From Kaiser Permanente Division of Research)

Psychosis is a mental health disorder that can have a big impact on a patient's life and that of their loved ones. Treating it early can reduce that burden. Matthew Hirschtritt, MD, MPH, is a psychiatrist and adjunct investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research (DOR). He discusses his work using sophisticated data techniques to predict which patients might benefit from a screening for psychosis risk with DOR science writer Jan Greene.

Listen to Podcast: Predicting psychosis risk to reduce its burden [[link removed]]

Podcast: How far have we come on the road to mental health equality?

Thea Joshi sits down with Centre for Mental Health chief exec and returning guest, Andy Bell. Having been at the Centre for over 20 years, Andy shares the changes that have been forged in mental health in that time, and the distance they have yet to travel to eradicate persisting inequalities. They discuss how to balance frustration at slow progress with a sense of optimism that allows them to continue the hard work of making mental health equality a reality.

Listen to Podcast: How far have we come on the road to mental health equality? [[link removed]]

Articles How does exercise help with depression? This research team aims to find out (From Wellcome)

From quick boosts in mood to alleviating long-term depression, many studies have shown the powerful impact of exercise on mental health. For some people, the antidepressant effects of exercise can be just as effective as conventional treatments like therapy or medication.

Read How does exercise help with depression? This research team aims to find out [[link removed]]

Trainer artist Stella Stockbridge says the craft has helped her mental health (From the BBC)

A teenager who transforms old footwear into street art pieces said her art has "made such a difference" to her mental health.

Read Trainer artist Stella Stockbridge says the craft has helped her mental health [[link removed]]

Hobbies protect older people from age-related decline in mental health and wellbeing (From News Medical Life Sciences)

Having a hobby is linked to fewer depressive symptoms and higher levels of happiness, self-reported health and life satisfaction among people aged 65 and over, and this holds true across 16 countries on three continents, according to a new study led by UCL (University College London) researchers.

Read Hobbies protect older people from age-related decline in mental health and wellbeing [[link removed]]

How A Psychologist Recommends Spending Your Next Mental Health Day (From Mind Body Green)

The concept of a mental health day may be foreign to some, but essential to others. Whether you call it a wellness day, a bounce-back day, or just a day off when you’re feeling down, the idea behind it remains the same: One day to do nothing but focus on your mental health and feeling better by the end of it than you did at the beginning. Think of it like a vacation for your brain.

Read How A Psychologist Recommends Spending Your Next Mental Health Day [[link removed]]

4 Signs A Secret Is Silently Preying On Your Mental Health (From Forbes)

While keeping secrets is an inevitable part of the human experience, it can often weigh heavily on one’s mind, with adverse consequences on well-being.

Read 4 Signs A Secret Is Silently Preying On Your Mental Health [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web Laughing Fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness (From Jon Bockelmann-Evans), Tuesday 26 September, 8.00 - 8.30pm

A 30-minute laughter class filled with joy to boost your physical, mental and emotional health and leave you feeling great!

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

Poetry Therapy (From Nation's Finest), Monday 25 September, 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]]

Mindly Weekly - Practical Tips on Mental Wellbeing & General Anxiety (From Step8up Mindly), Tuesday 26 September, 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 28 September, 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 10 October, 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 2 October, 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 Community Wellbeing Support (From Meridian Wellbeing, Mind Enfield and Barnet and Colindale Communities Trust)

Providing mental health and wellbeing support at the heart of the community.

Feeling worried about life or struggling?


Just need someone to talk to confidentially?

The cafe will provide:

Day time and evening access

One to one support from trained mental health wellbeing empowerment workers

Group workshops and training

Emotional health checks and personal action and safety plans

A safe space to be and crisis support out of hours

Help to build your resilience and self-management

Drop into the old library, every Thursday:

12pm - 5pm - emotional health check drop in

3pm - 5pm - crisis and well-being support drop-in

5pm - - appointment-based crisis and well-being support

Helpline for immediate emotional support and enquiries 020 8906 7503.

For more information please drop into the Old Library on the Concourse, NW9 5XA or call Colindale Communities Trust (CCT) on 020 8200 3014

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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