From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date April 1, 2024 7:00 AM
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Local Update, 1 April 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 events and news Current vacancies at Inclusion Barnet

Mental Health Charter Implementation Officer (Peer role)

Director of Communities (Peer role)

Senior Communications & PR Officer (Peer role)

For more information and to apply, please visit the Charity Jobs website [[link removed]]

Events and news from the web Remote work and mental health [free webinar] (from Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Tuesday 2 April, 6.00 - 7.00pm

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, & burnout can worsen mental health. Explore the psychological advantages and challenges of remote work and learn how to maximize focus, productivity, and well-being in this one-hour seminar with a licensed therapist.

Book Remote work and mental health [[link removed]]

Stress and mental health in the workplace (webinar from Croner), Thursday 4 April, 12.30 - 1.15pm

Join Chris Wagstaff on this webinar where he will be providing employers with an overview of how to manage stress in the workplace. This includes:

Know your responsibilities for the updated first aid regulations

What to do when an employee is stressed at work

How to prevent work related stress

Stress risk assessments

Book Stress and mental health in the workplace [[link removed]]

Laughing Fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness (online group session from Jon Bockelmann-Evans), Tuesday 2 April, 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]]

Meditation For entrepreneurs (online event from Meditation Ventures) Monday to Friday 10.45am (not Easter Monday)

Every weekday workday, a small, committed group of meditators begins their day relaxed and alert with like-minded innovators creating impact in the world today!

Book Meditation For entrepreneurs [[link removed]]

Preventing work related stress and burnout (interactive webinar from Our Mind's Work), Tuesday 2 April, 12.00 - 1.00pm

The Our Mind's Work, Preventing Work Related Stress and Burnout is designed to upskill people professionals, H&S, OH and Wellbeing leads with the knowledge, skills and tools to audit, risk assess, and action plan strategically to prevent work related stress and be legal compliant with HSE regulations.

Book Preventing work related stress and burnout [[link removed]]

Music To remember (online event from Music Heals Minds), Tuesday 2 April, 7.00pm

These weekly virtual recitals with Nandani “Nani” Sinha and guests stimulate remembrance and gently invite reflection through familiar and bellowed songs.

Book Music To remember [[link removed]]

Smile with chronic illness! Mid-morning session (online peer support drop in from Rogue Debby CIC), Tuesday 2 April, 10.30 - 11.30am

If you're stuck on finding 'smiles' in your life, this session will remind your face how those muscles work again while you help each other live your best life!

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

Poetry therapy (online session from Nation's Finest), Monday 1 April, 9.30pm

Join this session 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]]

Podcasts Podcast: Practice positive thinking to support mental health (from KXLO Radio)

Wendy Goffena with the Fergus Mental Health Center talks about how to change negative thinking to positive thinking.

Listen to Podcast: Practice positive thinking to support mental health [[link removed]]

Navigating social anxiety in children on Raising Me podcast (from WGME)

In this episode, they dive into what social anxiety is, why it's become so prevalent, and what we can do to support children through it.

Listen to Navigating social anxiety in children on Raising Me podcast [[link removed]]

Articles How helping other prisoners helped me free myself (from Progressive News)

"Becoming a peer counselor at an Ohio prison allowed me to heal from my own trauma."

Read How helping other prisoners helped me free myself [[link removed]]

Doing something new is good for you (from Psychology Today)

When you live in routine, you don't have to think so much.

Doing something new helps build flexible thinking and "wakes up" your brain, which is part of mental wellness.

When you engage in a new experience, the brain is likely to release dopamine, which improves your mood.

Read Doing something new is good for you [[link removed]]

One good thing: how creating a vision board can help you focus in on your goals (from Stylist)

One good thing, Stylist’s Sunday series, as part of frame of mind, asks experts in mental health for the one good thing we can all do to boost our wellbeing.

Read One good thing: how creating a vision board can help you focus in on your goals [[link removed]]

A psychologist explains the appeal of ‘pet parenting’ for child-free couples (from Forbes)

Family structures are rapidly changing and pets are often considered equivalent to, and, in some cases, better than having children. Consequently, people are choosing to become “pet parents,” taking on a parental role and factoring their pets into major decisions about their career, housing choices and romantic relationships.

Read A psychologist explains the appeal of ‘pet parenting’ for child-free couples [[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 8 April, 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.

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 [[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

[[link removed]]

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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