From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date February 12, 2024 8:00 AM
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Local Update, 12 February 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.

Events and news from the web Barnet Service User and Carer Forum

Date: 15th February 2024

Runs on the third Thursday of every month

Time: 14:00 – 15:30

Speaker: Martine Drake – Wellbeing Learning and Activities Manager at Mind Barnet

Topic: Mind Recovery College, Workshops and Wellbeing Courses

Barnet Mental Health services want to hear what you have to say about Adult Mental Health services. This forum encourages and promotes service users and carers working alongside staff to improve their services.

They have speakers arranged each month and a chat about other topics their 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 [[link removed]] to join the meeting

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.

Make it OK to talk about mental health and illnesses (online presentation from HealthPartners), Thursday 15 February, 6.00 - 7.00pm

Make It OK is a community campaign to reduce stigma by increasing understanding and creating caring conversations about mental health and illnesses.

In this 60-minute presentation, you will:

· Learn more about what Make It OK is

· Better understand what you can do to reduce the stigma through key messages and resources

· Feel more confident in talking more openly about mental illness, and helping people get the care and support they deserve

Book Make it OK to talk about mental health and illnesses [[link removed]]

Communication do’s & don’ts [free webinar] (from Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Tuesday 13 February, 6.00 - 7.00pm

Understanding how mental health impacts thinking and behavior helps to reduce frustration & stress, and improves outcomes for everyone. Learn simple tools to manage conflict and express feelings with a licensed therapist.

Book Communication do’s & don’ts [[link removed]]

Stress reduction skills practice (webinar from PMAC Mental Health & Wellbeing), Friday 16 February, 1.00 - 1.30pm

This webinar will include:-

Introduction to Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Breathing techniques & practice

Book Stress reduction skills practice [[link removed]]

Creative arts in mental health: ‘What is?’ to ‘What if?' (webinar from London Arts and Health), Tuesday 13 February, 10.00 - 11.30am

In this session, they will consider the current model of creative arts provision in mental health services and what a future might look like with a more integrated model.

Book Creative arts in mental health: ‘What is?’ to ‘What if? [[link removed]]

Hub Connections – Closing the Care Gap (from Barnet Wellbeing Service)

Barnet Wellbeing Service will be hosting its quarterly Hub Connections event on 28th February 2024. They are working with the NCL Cancer Alliance to deliver a Public Awareness Campaign focusing on ‘Closing the Care Gap’ and raising awareness of the ‘Help Us Help You’ NHS campaign. Cllr Zahra Beg will be chairing the event, there will be expert speakers and an opportunity to network with local organisations. A light lunch will be provided. This is an in-person event, to register please use the following link.

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Date: Wednesday 28th February 2024

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm

Venue: The Meritage Centre, Church End, London NW4 4JT

Women's winter webinars: the latest in PMDD research (webinar from National Centre for Mental Health), Wednesday 14 February, 12.00 - 1.00pm

A webinar series discussing how reproductive events such as pregnancy, the menstrual cycle and reproductive ageing impact the mental health of women

Book Women's winter webinars: the latest in PMDD research [[link removed]]

‘Advantageous' Art Exhibition: A celebration of age friendly Barnet

Age UK Barnet is launching an 'Advantageous' exhibition at the Arts Depot in North Finchley from March 6th to 23rd.

The exhibition features a variety of art, including paintings, pottery, knitting, and poems, aimed at raising awareness of ageist attitudes and challenging negative stereotypes of older people, particularly those with dementia.

Some paintings will be sold to raise funds for Age UK Barnet.

Podcasts State of mind podcast (from Maurice Benard)

For over 30 years, Maurice has been sharing his personal journey with bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, in an effort to break down the stigma and support others who may be struggling.

Listen to State of mind podcast [[link removed]]

Podcast: Mental health: hope and recovery (from Mind Body

Helen Sneed and Valerie Milburn have both fought and overcome severe, chronic mental illnesses, and offer an insider’s approach to mental health. They share inspirational true stories and a host of recovery skills. Episodes examine conditions such as depression, anxiety, substance use and eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, and other major illnesses.

Listen to Podcast: Mental health: hope and recovery [[link removed]]

Articles Why having a little hobby is so good for you, according to science (from

Finding a leisure activity you love isn’t just fun—it can make you healthier.

Read Why having a little hobby is so good for you, according to science [[link removed]]

25 self-love affirmations to remind you of your worth (from very well mind)

We tell our partners, friends, and family members how much we love them, but sometimes we forget to tell ourselves.

That’s where self-love affirmations come in. Self-love affirmations are encouraging, caring, and uplifting phrases that are directed toward ourselves. Whether we’ve been feeling low or less confident about ourselves lately, they can help us build ourselves up and quell any negative self-talk in our heads.

Read 25 self-love affirmations to remind you of your worth [[link removed]]

These fruits can boost mental health in a few days (From Times of India)

New study sheds light on the role of furry fruits in improving mental health

Read These fruits can boost mental health in a few days [[link removed]]

‘This too shall pass.’ World-first study proves the power of mental health recovery stories (from

New research proves that personal accounts of how people have overcome mental health struggles are effective at helping others in similar experiences – and cost-effective too

Read ‘This too shall pass.’ World-first study proves the power of mental health recovery stories [[link removed]]

Regular Events on the Web 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 19 February, 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 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

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 [[email protected]] or call 0208 906 7506.

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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