From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date January 22, 2024 8:00 AM
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Local Update, 22 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 Save the date for our AGM

Inclusion Barnet's next Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held online on Wednesday 14 March 2024, from 4.30pm - 6pm.

Communal online access will be available at South Friern Library for those who do not have internet access. Details to follow soon.

If you’re a member, please save the date and keep an eye out for an invite by email or post.

Events and news from the web Anxiety and Mental Health (webinar from Bubble), Thursday 25 January, 12.30 - 1.00pm

In this session, Dr. Maryhan Baker will share advice on supporting children's mental health.

Book Anxiety 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

The mental health at work commitment peer platform webinar (from Mind Workplace Wellbeing), Thursday 25 January, 12.00 - 12.45pm

The mental health at work commitment peer platform is a space where organisations can help each other to deliver the Commitment’s six standards. You'll be able to connect with professionals from organisations of a similar size and sector so you can ask and answer questions, and share ideas, resources and tips on how to put the standards into practice.

Book The mental health at work commitment peer platform webinar [[link removed]]

Let's talk: mental health and wellbeing at work . A manager's guide (webinar from The Happy Human Training Co.), Thursday 25 January, 10.00 - 11.30am

Manage people? This simple introduction to mental health at work and how to nurture wellbeing in your team shares essential know-how. Fast.

Book Let's talk: mental health and wellbeing at work . A manager's guide [[link removed]]

Policy into practice: Rethink Mental Illness’s model for coproduction (webinar from Rethink Mental Illness), Thursday 25 January, 1.00 - 2.00pm

Following Building community into the Integrated Care System, Rethink Mental Illness is launching their newest publication, Rethink Mental Illness’s Model for Coproduction: a guide for Integrated Care Systems.

From their experience working in places such as Devon, Coventry and Warwickshire, and Norfolk and Waveney, they know that many Integrated Care Systems aspire to coproduce their strategies and services, but encounter challenges when putting this into practice.

Join them for the launch of their new publication to learn more about their approach to coproduction and take away insights to bring best practice into Integrated Care Systems.

Book Policy into practice: Rethink Mental Illness’s model for coproduction [[link removed]]

Weight loss for the mind (online talk from Inner Space), Friday 26 January, 6.30 - 7.30pm

Have you been overindulging in too many thoughts? Did you know that we think around 60,000 thoughts a day? So just think about how much your mind weighs!

When the mind feels heavy, it makes it almost impossible to feel good, think sharp and think smart. Now, just about everyone’s on some kind of fitness mode in January. So, let’s get the mind fit, strong and vibrant.

Book Weight loss for the mind [[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 Raising Me: A new podcast tackling common parenting challenges head-on with expert advice (from WGME)

Each week on Raising ME, Emmy award-winning journalist and mom of three, Adrienne Stein, talks to the experts to bring you practical advice about the things we’re all navigating with our children, everything from fears around school threats to figuring out how and when to effectively discipline, as well as how to have difficult conversations about money, especially when tough choices have to be made.

Listen to Raising Me: A new podcast tackling common parenting challenges head-on with expert advice [[link removed]]

Breaking it down - A multiple sclerosis podcast (from MS Trust)

Breaking it down - A multiple sclerosis podcast by the MS Trust brings together a range of voices from the MS community to cover all aspects of life with multiple sclerosis. Featuring a combination of expert advice and real life experiences from people with MS, episodes provide an in-depth insight into the impact MS symptoms can have and how they can be most successfully managed.

Listen to Breaking it down - A multiple sclerosis podcast [[link removed]]

Articles 5 ways to support mental wellbeing in 2024 (From Mental Health First Aid)

When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a conversation about mental wellbeing, more people can get the help they need. Mental Health First Aiders are a vital link between someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge and appropriate support. Here are some ways you can engage in conversations.

Read 5 ways to support mental wellbeing in 2024 [[link removed]]

Seven strategies for building a mentally healthy work culture in 2024 (from Forbes)

Employees are increasingly seeking work environments that prioritize their mental health and promote work-life balance. This shift in expectations around well-being in the workplace has affected individual employees’ attitudes about work.

Read Seven strategies for building a mentally healthy work culture in 2024 [[link removed]]

Want a better sense of wellbeing in 2024? Here’s how, according to science (from Global Comment)

Your current wellbeing can influence your perception of happiness, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science. This makes the researchers think that, although you can’t change your past, you can change your thoughts about it.

Read Want a better sense of wellbeing in 2024? Here’s how, according to science [[link removed]]

Stronger social networks key to addressing mental health in young adults, research finds (from Indiana University)

Having strong social networks, or a set of individuals a person is connected to, can make people more resilient to symptoms of anxiety and depression, particularly among young adults whose social lives and relationships were disrupted by COVID-19.

Read Stronger social networks key to addressing mental health in young adults, research finds [[link removed]]

World Cup winner Thierry Henry says he had depression during career and cried “almost every day” early in pandemic (from South China Morning Post)

Former France and Arsenal star opens up about mental health fight on Diary of a CEO podcast

Read World Cup winner Thierry Henry says he had depression during career and cried “almost every day” early in pandemic [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web Poetry therapy (From Nation's Finest), Monday 22 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.

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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