From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date February 26, 2024 8:00 AM
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Local Update, 26 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 Healthwatch Advisory Board

Are you a Barnet resident, with experience of using local health or social care services? Please consider applying to join the Healthwatch Barnet Advisory Board.

Healthwatch Barnet is your local health and social care champion. The Advisory Board plays a key role in ensuring the involvement of local people in their work and decision-making, upholding their independence, and supporting them to work with other local organisations.

We particularly welcome applications from groups that are less represented in senior NHS decision-making roles, including global majority [[link removed]] candidates, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, including mental health issues.

The majority of board meetings will be online video calls, with some face to face meetings. This role is unpaid and voluntary, although travel expenses can be reimbursed. See the Healthwatch website [[link removed]] for more information. To apply, fill in this form [[link removed]].

Managing your mental health & wellbeing at work - free 60min online session (from Yohan McDonald), Thursday 29 February, 2.30 - 3.30pm

This session is for everyone and covers:

· What is mental health and wellbeing

· How to identify poor mental health in yourself and others

· Managing stress – The stress bucket

· 5- Ways to wellbeing ™ techniques

Book Managing your mental health & wellbeing at work - free 60min online session [[link removed]]

Responding in a mental health emergency [free webinar] (from Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Wednesday 28 February, 4.00 - 5.00pm

We know what to do when someone breaks their arm: brace it and go to the hospital. But what should you do when someone is experiencing a mental health emergency? Learn what causes crisis situations and the warning signs, how to respond, and what to do once the crisis has ended.

Book Responding in a mental health emergency [free webinar] [[link removed]]

Ebony Ambassadors presents Mental Resilience and Craft Workshops

55+ and above featuring:-

craft workshopswellbeing demonstrationtalkslight exerciselight refreshment.


make new friendslearn new skillsengage in different social activitieslearn healthy lifestyle and fun wellness activitiesbe in great company

Start date 24/02/2024

End date 27/07/2024


11.00am - 2.30pm

Grahame Park Old Library, The Concourse, London NW9 5XA

All materials will be provided


[[email protected]]

Laughing Fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness (online group session from Jon Bockelmann-Evans), Tuesday 27 February, 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]]

Women's mental health - for women with women (online session from C&D Learning Solutions Ltd ta Mental Strength and Wellbeing), Friday 1 March, 2.00 - 3.00pm

Women's mental health is important as is the mental health of each and every person across the globe

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

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

Mental wellbeing workshop for entrepreneurs (online workshop from Founder-minded), Friday 1 March, 12.00 - 1.00pm

Boost your mental wellbeing and entrepreneurial skills with this online workshop designed exclusively for entrepreneurs.

Book Mental wellbeing workshop for entrepreneurs [[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

Neurodivergence in the workplace (webinar from PMAC Mental Health & Wellbeing), Friday 1 March, 1.00 - 1.45pm


What is autism & how does it impact work

What is ADHD & how does it impact an individual's work

What is dyslexia and how does this impact work

Book Neurodivergence in the workplace [[link removed]]

Mental health in Ukraine: New models in peer to peer support (webinar from The LSN group), Monday 26 February, 3.00 - 4.00pm

Yaroslava Kot-Mironova will be sharing her experience of setting up up Lagerta to provide peer to peer support for widows

Book Mental health in Ukraine: New models in peer to peer support [[link removed]]

Book a free health screening [[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 All the Right Notes Podcast: How do musicians cope with pressure? (from BBC Music Magazine)

An episode of BBC Music Magazine's podcast, All the Right Notes, featuring cellist and former BBC Young Musician winner Laura van der Heijden

Listen to All the Right Notes Podcast: How do musicians cope with pressure? [[link removed]]

Money on your mind: Mental Health UK podcasts

Podcasts to help you manage your mental health and money, two subjects that are closely linked but not talked about enough.

Listen to Money on your mind: Mental Health UK podcasts [[link removed]]


Effect of exercise for depression: systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (from BMJ)

Exercise is an effective treatment for depression, with walking or jogging, yoga, and strength training more effective than other exercises, particularly when intense.

Read Effect of exercise for depression: systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials [[link removed]]

Ben Fogle reveals ‘mental health storm’ that led to shock diagnosis (from Wales Online)

Broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle has announced that he has been diagnosed with ADHD. The 50-year-old, who shot to fame when he appeared on reality show the Castaway in 2000, took to social media to share the news.

Read Ben Fogle reveals ‘mental health storm’ that led to shock diagnosis (from Wales Online) [[link removed]]

The healing power of the arts (from Practice Business)

The aftermath of the global pandemic has seen a resurgence of interest in the connection between arts and wellbeing. Lawmakers and health officials are increasingly turning their attention to the potential of arts, given the profound impact of Covid-19 on mental health. This shift follows a 2019 WHO report, challenging the conventional definition of health to encompass overall wellbeing, not just the absence of disease.

Read The healing power of the arts [[link removed]]

Used pragmatically, social media can promote mental well-being (from Bizz Buzz)

The relationship between using social networking sites (SNS) and mental health is a thriving area of research, which is producing mixed results. While terms such as ‘Facebook depression’ have gained popularity in the mainstream press, there is not a consensus on the relationship between SNS use and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Results from past research hints that age might moderate the SNS/mental health relationship, yet no specific tests of this interaction have been previously reported.

Read Used pragmatically, social media can promote mental well-being [[link removed]]

11 tips to find joy at work, increase productivity and reduce stress (from Health Shots)

Going to work should not be stressful every day! There are ways to find joy at work to keep your mental health and self-motivation in check.

Read 11 tips to find joy at work, increase productivity and reduce stress [[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]]

International wellbeing support group (From Rain on Me), Monday 4 March, 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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