From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date October 23, 2023 7:00 AM
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Local Update, 23 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.

Please note there will be no newsletter next week due to staff annual leave. The next issue will be on Monday 6 November.

Inclusion Barnet news and events Reminder - Job vacancy: Director of communities (peer role)

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

Reminder - Job vacancy: Research coordinator

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

Reminder - 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 Mental health in men (From PMAC mental health & wellbeing), Friday 27 October, 1.00 - 1.30pm

This free "Mental Health in Men" webinar will provide an overview of mens mental health:

How mental health difficulties can present in men

Common threats to men's mental health

Approaching concerns about mental health in men

Improving men's mental health

Book Mental health in men [[link removed]]

Mental health & wellbeing at work (From Blueprint for all)

Prioritise mental health at work. Gain insights and strategies for a balanced and thriving professional life.

Book Mental health & wellbeing at work [[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.

Women's mental health - for women with women (From C&D learning solutions), Friday 27 October, 9.00 - 10.00am

Come along and join like minded women interested in their mental health and wellbeing and together you can explore what can impact your wellbeing and how you can work with it.

Book Women's mental health - for women with women [[link removed]]

Understanding loneliness [free webinar] (From Mindspring mental health alliance), Thursday 26 October, 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.

Understanding loneliness [free webinar] [[link removed]]

Mindful Photography in the workplace: help your staff to thrive (From Ruth Davey, Look Again)

This free webinar is for those interested in offering mindful photography to their staff and teams in the workplace.

Book Mindful Photography in the workplace: help your staff to thrive [[link removed]]

Podcasts Podcast: How writing can elevate your health care career (From KevinMD)

Join Harrison Reed, a physician assistant, as he shares his journey of discovering the superpower of writing. From defying childhood tasks to leveraging words to open doors to Yale and beyond, Harrison's story demonstrates how writing can supercharge your career, establish expertise, and lead to unexpected opportunities in the health care field.

Listen to Podcast: How writing can elevate your health care career [[link removed]]

Podcast: Looking after our health and wellbeing (From Joy Breakfast)

Cal from Well Well Well talks about reaching out to your GP for a mental health plan before it gets bad, a great way to stay on top of positive mental health.

Listen to Podcast: Looking after our health and wellbeing [[link removed]]

Articles Wakefield Great British Bake Off star Karen Wright marks World Mental Health Day (From Yahoo! News)

Karen, who was a fan favourite on season nine of the BAFTA-winning show, explained the benefits of keeping active when dealing with mental health issues.

Read Wakefield Great British Bake Off star Karen Wright marks World Mental Health Day [[link removed]]

Gym launches new classes designed to boost mental health (From Happiful)

Regular exercise, in many different forms, is a vital part of maintaining a healthy body. But it also has an important role in maintaining good mental health.

Read Gym launches new classes designed to boost mental health [[link removed]]

Cycling at school helps mental health of teenagers: Study (From India Times)

Researchers in the United States have looked into how teenagers' psychological wellbeing changes after taking part in a school-based cycling programme. [[link removed]]

Read Cycling at school helps mental health of teenagers: Study [[link removed]]

Moving Norwich City mental health video hailed by UEFA (From the BBC)

A suicide prevention video produced by Norwich City Football Club has been hailed as "incredibly powerful" by European ruling body UEFA.

The moving video, posted on the club’s social media channels to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, uses two football fans to highlight the hidden signs of mental health conditions.

Read Moving Norwich City mental health video hailed by UEFA [[link removed]]

Are you a time optimist? Why some people are perennially late – and how to be more punctual (From the Guardian)

While timekeepers naturally arrive early, time optimists set off with the assumption the lights will be green and the roads will be empty, getting ever more anxious as the minutes tick away. The good news? Change is possible

Read Are you a time optimist? Why some people are perennially late – and how to be more punctual [[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 24 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 23 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 24 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 26 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 6 November, 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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