From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date October 16, 2023 7:00 AM
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Local Update, 16 October 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 Job vacancy: Director of communities (peer role)

More information on job vacancy Director of Communities and apply [[link removed]]

Job vacancy: Research coordinator

More information on job vacancy Research coordinator and apply [[link removed]]

Job vacancy: Peer welfare benefits caseworker/supervisor

More information on job vacancy Peer welfare benefits caseworker/supervisor and apply [[link removed]]

Events and news from the web Barnet service user and carer forum

Date: 19th October 2023

Runs on the third Thursday of every month

Time: 14:00 – 15:30


Yaran Women’s Club

Topic: Information about their social, educational opportunities including free courses and activities.

Please note that the forum co-chair this month will be Ioanna Xenophontes

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 improve our 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 to join the meeting [[link removed]]

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.

Free workshop: let's talk depression (From Mid West Aries), Tuesday 17 October, 2.00 - 4.00pm

This workshop provides a space to discuss the impact of depression. You will explore practical tips that can be used when managing depression and reflect on the personal and individual nature of depression.

Book Free workshop: let's talk depression [[link removed]]

Community navigator trial

Make social connections and reduce loneliness.

Would you like to join a research study to help find a new way to support people to make social connections and reduce feelings of loneliness?

The Community Navigators Programme aims to support people using community mental health services who are experiencing low mood and loneliness.

It is part of a clinical trial taking place at various NHS Trusts including:-

Barnet, Enfied and Haringey

If you decide to take part, you may be offered support from a Community Navigator. This will involve receiving support to make social connections (e.g. finding new groups, connecting with friends, and family). Half of the participants will be allocated a Navigator, and the other half will receive written information on local social activities, and both groups will be offered their usual care.

Want to find out more?

Speak to your usual clinician from the team

Brent: Harness Community Mental Health Hub.

Contact our study researcher:

Gamze Evlat, [[email protected]] Phone/text 07510 239172

Check out study website and leaflet

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Please note: the study is open only to clients of currently participating mental health services. You can join the study via a referral from your clinician, or by contacting the research team who can answer any questions you have.

Barnet Question Time: put your questions to the Leader of Barnet Council and Cabinet Members

Sign up to attend Barnet Question Time, where you’ll get the chance to put your questions to the Leader of the Council, Cllr Barry Rawlings, and his Cabinet.

This live online event takes place on Thursday 19 October at 7pm. This is your opportunity to ask a question or simply tell the council’s leaders what you think about the borough and how the council can improve.

You can book your place now for Barnet Question Time and you will be sent a joining link closer to the day of the event.

Book your place: Barnet Question Time: Meet the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Tickets, Thu 19 Oct 2023 at 19:00 | Eventbrite [[link removed]]

Green walking in mental health recovery - networking group (From The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare), Thursday 19 October, 12.30 - 1.00pm

A free event for anyone involved with or interested in the Green Walking in Mental Health Recovery initiative.

Book Green walking in mental health recovery - networking group [[link removed]]

Understanding factitious disorder imposed on another [free webinar] (From Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Thursday 19 October, 6.00 - 7.00pm

At the heart of Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (previously Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) is concern that a caregiver is either lying about an illness in a child or dependent adult, or has caused real symptoms in an otherwise healthy person. Learn the signs and symptoms of this disorder and what motivates a caregiver to cause illness in this one-hour seminar with a licensed therapist.

Book Understanding factitious disorder imposed on another [free webinar] [[link removed]]

Understanding cutting and self-harm [free webinar] (From Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Wednesday 18 October, 6.00 - 7.00pm

Self-injury is a complex behavior that is difficult to understand if you haven’t experienced it. Explore what self-harm is and is not, why people purposefully hurt themselves, and the symptoms to look for. Dispel myths and stereotypes and learn what treatments are most effective with a licensed therapist.

Book understanding cutting and self-harm [free webinar] [[link removed]]

Prioritising rest to enhance performance (From Jane Fryatt), Thursday 19 October, 12.30 - 1.30pm

During the session they will explore:

- Why rest is so important when it comes to performance

- How you can fit pockets of rest into your day

- How you can fuel yourself to encourage rest

- How you can look after yourself when you don't get the rest you need

- How you can support your wider team to get the rest they deserve

Book Prioritising rest to enhance performance [[link removed]]

Bertie's Book Group: October 2023 (From The King's Fund Library Service), Thursday 19 October, 6.00 - 7.00pm

World Mental Health Day falls in October and to mark this, they'll be discussing Sathnam Sanghera's memoir and winner of the Mind Book of the Year award, The Boy with the Topknot.

Book Bertie's Book Group: October 2023 [[link removed]]

Podcasts Podcast: the intersection of physical and mental health (From Consultant 360)

In this podcast, Anil Harrison, MD, discusses the importance of mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial wellness and ways to improve overall wellness.

Listen to Podcast: the intersection of physical and mental health [[link removed]]

Podcast: finding your way back to joy after a complex medical diagnosis (From Cook Children's)

Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Joy Campaign, which aims to encourage hope and resilience among children and teens.

Listen to Podcast: finding your way back to joy after a complex medical diagnosis [[link removed]]

Articles Take small positive steps to improve your mental health (From Royal Borough of Greenwich)

For World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October), the Royal Borough of Greenwich is sharing some small positive steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Read Take small positive steps to improve your mental health [[link removed]]

Awe-inspiring science can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing, new research finds (From University of Warwick)

Research led by psychologists at the University of Warwick has revealed a profound connection between the spirituality of science and positive wellbeing, much like the benefits traditionally associated with religion.

Read Awe-inspiring science can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing, new research finds [[link removed]]

Mental health first aid expert gives seven tips for dealing with depression (From Northampton Chronicle)

Mark McShane, a mental health first aider and the managing director of Skills Training Group in Northampton, offers straightforward advice for coping with depression, with the aim to provide supportive steps that are easy for everyone to understand and implement.

Read Mental health first aid expert gives seven tips for dealing with depression [[link removed]]

Cold water swimming helped my body and mind (From the Guardian)

Graeme Fife used to swim in the men’s pond on Hampstead Heath all year round. He says the trick is acclimatisation

Read Cold water swimming helped my body and mind [[link removed]]

Man runs 30 marathons in 30 days 'to break stigma' (From the BBC)

A man who ran a marathon every day for a month is hoping to "break the stigma" around men sharing their emotions.

Read Man runs 30 marathons in 30 days 'to break stigma' [[link removed]]

Photography is now a prescribed mental health treatment in the UK (From PetaPixel)

The United Kingdom will now allow photography to be prescribed for mental health treatment as part of a new pilot program from Wex Photo Video.

Read photography is now a prescribed mental health treatment In the UK [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web Singing For mindfulness and mental wellbeing (From Holistic Wellness Community), Wednesday 25 October, 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]]

Laughing fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness (From Jon Bockelmann-Evans), Tuesday 17 October, 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 16 October, 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 17 October, 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 19 October, 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 14 November, 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 16 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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