From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date January 15, 2024 8:00 AM
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Local Update, 15 January 2024

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 Voter photo ID laws drop-in

Our Engagement Officer Patrick Anderson will be at New Barnet Library on Friday 19th Jan 10-4pm doing a drop-in information session about the changes in Voter Photo ID laws. Please stop by if you are in the area, we can also help you with voting and photo application forms.

Please note that the Library is accessible for wheelchair users and has an accessible toilet.

Events and news from the web Remote work and mental health [free webinar] (from Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Wednesday 17 January, 4.00 - 5.00pm

Workplace culture is evolving. Remote work promotes inclusivity and has proven to be a benefit to many, though there are potential negative effects – loneliness, lack of clear boundaries, stress, and burnout can worsen mental health. Explore the psychological advantages and challenges of remote work, and what employers can do to support their teams to maximize focus, productivity, and well-being in this one-hour seminar with a licensed therapist.

Book Remote Work and Mental Health [[link removed]]

Designing for digital inclusion in healthcare (online seminar series from Good Things Foundation), Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 January, 12.30pm

A three part seminar series, where you will hear from a range of VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance members, sharing learnings, case studies and examples of best practice for designing for digital inclusion in healthcare.

Book Designing for digital inclusion in healthcare [[link removed]]

Barnet Depression Alliance Peer Support Group

A local self-help group for people suffering from depression or depression with anxiety.

Meets twice a month – on a Tuesday evening in North Finchley and on a Monday evening online via Zoom. The group also runs social events throughout the year.

Address: North Finchley

Phone: 0754 118 7907

Email: [[email protected]]

Website: [[link removed]]

For more details of times and venue please telephone or email

Healthy body and healthy mind (webinar from the Ajuda Foundation), Thursday 18 January, 10.00am - 12.00pm

This online webinar will have a range of speakers talking about how to create healthy bodies and healthy minds.

Book Healthy body and healthy mind [[link removed]]

Blue Monday is a load of bull (webinar from Laughology Learning & Development), Monday 15 January, 4.00 - 4.40pm

Join Stephanie Davies, Laughology’s Head of Happiness and CEO, as she explores:

The hype vs. reality of mental health awareness. Are we more informed or just overwhelmed?

The thin line between common stress and clinical anxiety: Understanding the spectrum and distinguishing between day-to-day stressors and more serious health issues

Practical strategies for nurturing mental health at work and what workplaces can d

Book Blue Monday is a load of bull [[link removed]]

Smile with chronic illness! Mid-morning session (online drop-in from Rogue Debby CIC), Tuesday 16 January, 10.30 - 11.30am

Online Peer-Support drop in, for people living with the mental and physical symptoms of Chronic Illness.

Book Smile with chronic illness! Mid-morning session [[link removed]]

Neurodiversity and museums today: artists in conversation (online panel discussion from Tate), Thursday 18 January, 6.00 - 7.30pm

A panel discovering how artists and activists are tackling accessibility within museums today

This conversation invites you to delve into the practices of neurodivergent artists discussing how they explore access as a subject matter, the complexities of navigating institutional representation of neurodivergence and how artist-led practice can create space to transform this landscape. This conversation will be chaired by artist and consultant Jack Ky Tan.

Book Neurodiversity and museums today: artists in conversation [[link removed]]

Zero Suicide Alliance Lunch and Learn (from Barnet Wellbeing Service) Wednesday 7th February 2024 12.30 - 13.30pm online event

Barnet Wellbeing Service is holding a free lunch and learn session in partnership with Barnet Public Health. They will deliver the Zero Suicide Alliance training, where you will learn how to start a life saving conversation with someone considering suicide/

Registration link [[link removed]]

Working together to prevent suicide.

Podcasts The HEAL podcast (from Cloud10)

HEAL will inspire you with hope and empower you with knowledge, tools, awareness, and a strong belief that almost anything is possible when it comes to healing. A most powerful and intelligent healer resides within us all and the HEAL Podcast will teach us how to activate this innate healer within.

Listen to The HEAL podcast [[link removed]]

Podcast: How to choose a resolution you can stick to (from KWIT)

Very few people actually stick with the resolutions they make long term

Listen to Podcast: How to choose a resolution you can stick to [[link removed]]

Articles How an LTA Tennis Foundation grant making programme is improving mental wellbeing through tennis (from LTA)

Feel Good Tennis delivers both physical and mental wellbeing opportunities for children and adults helping them to manage anxiety issues, build confidence and get physically active.

Read How an LTA Tennis Foundation grant making programme is improving mental wellbeing through tennis [[link removed]]

Here’s how to maintain a good mental health after forced retirement (from Outlook India)

Employees in their mid-50s in the corporate world or big multinational companies are often side-lined or forced to retire to make way for younger employees, as they are typically deemed unfit and ill-equipped to adapt to new and emerging developments in the workplace. Good Mental Health After Retirement is a life everyone aspires to.

Read Here’s how to maintain a good mental health after forced retirement [[link removed]]

The hormones that boost happiness (from Psychology Today)

Learn more about dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins

Read The hormones that boost happiness [[link removed]]

New study reveals the key to success: Combining mindfulness with exercise (from the Week)

Combining mindfulness with exercise has been found to be a key catalyst for lifting mood, improving health, and enhancing overall well-being, according to a new study.

Read New study reveals the key to success: Combining mindfulness with exercise [[link removed]]

Claire Rafferty on ADHD: ‘Wembley spaces where I know I’m safe help me feel normal’ (from the Guardian)

Two multipurpose sensory rooms introduced at the national stadium since her diagnosis are welcomed by the former Lioness

Read Claire Rafferty on ADHD: ‘Wembley spaces where I know I’m safe help me feel normal’ [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web Poetry therapy (From Nation's Finest), Monday 15 January, 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]]

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]]

Online ADHD support group (From Tim Kiver Foundation), Tuesday 13 February, 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 22 January, 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 Sanctuary in Barnet (from Mind in Enfield and Barnet)

Sanctuary in Barnet is a short-term crisis intervention and prevention service. They are open every day of the year, 4:30pm-10pm weekdays and 12-6pm weekends. They act as an A&E and Emergency services alternative, providing support to individuals in the Barnet Borough aged 18+.

More information on Sanctuary in Barnet [[link removed]]

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.

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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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