From Barnet Voice for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject BVMH Local Update
Date April 15, 2024 7:00 AM
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Local Update, 15 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 Final reminder: current vacancies at Inclusion Barnet

Mental Health Charter Implementation Officer (Peer role) (until 22 April)

Senior Communications & PR Officer (Peer role) (until 16 April)

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

Events and news from the web Barnet Service User and Carer Forum (from Barnet Mental Health Services)

Date: 18th April 2024

Runs on the third Thursday of every month

Time: 14:00 – 15:30

Speaker: Josephine Carroll

Topic: The North London Mental Health Partnership (BEH and C&I) is becoming one trust. This is an opportunity to have your say into the merger plans to make sure that the change is better for patients.

They will be thinking about Memory Services, Crisis Services and Adult Inpatient services in particular.

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

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

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.

Self-care and wellbeing: a hands-on approach for better health [free webinar] (from Mindspring Mental Health Alliance), Wednesday 17 April, 6.00 - 7.00pm

It’s normal to experience anxiety, fear, anger, and grief during times of uncertainty. Now, more than ever, it’s important to recognize these feelings and allow time to recharge – but too often we feel guilty for taking time to meet our basic needs. Explore what self-care is, why it’s so important, and learn techniques for incorporating self-care into your daily life with a licensed therapist. Please note the time above is UK time. The event takes place in the USA and if you book the time listed on your ticket will be USA time.

Book Self-care and wellbeing: a hands-on approach for better health [[link removed]]

Lunch and learn: how to manage stress in the workplace (webinar from Heart of the City), Tuesday 16 April, 12.00 - 12.45pm

This online session provides an introduction to overcoming stress in the workplace, and you’ll leave with practical actions that you can implement to help your team manage stress and create a psychologically safe working environment.

Book Lunch and learn: how to manage stress in the workplace [[link removed]]

NHS 111 service help in a mental health crisis

The NHS 111 service provides support for a mental health crisis by dialling 111 and choosing option 2 or via the website at [[link removed]]

Five ways to mindfulness (webinar from Discover Your Bounce For Business), Tuesday 16 April, 1.00 - 1.45pm

In this workshop they will share the basics of mindfulness, techniques to help you progress and five very different ways that may work for you.

Book Five ways to mindfulness [[link removed]]

Mind in Enfield and Barnet wellbeing workshops and courses from Barnet and Southgate College, Summer 2024

All courses and workshops are FREE, and funded by Barnet & Southgate College and the Barnet Wellbeing Service. They are a mixture of face to face and online via zoom, and are available to adults over 18.

More information on wellbeing workshops and courses from Barnet and Southgate College [[link removed]]

Podcasts Podcast: Nighttime routine can help with sleep problems (from Sanford Health)

Dr. Haven Malish talks sleep hygiene, late-night food cravings, and sleep treatments

Listen to Podcast: Nighttime routine can help with sleep problems [[link removed]]

The positive mindset podcast (from Henry G)

With meditation-style storytelling, this podcast will help you raise your vibration, lift your perspective, and build a positive mindset.

Listen to The positive mindset podcast [[link removed]]

Articles Happy foods: Mood elevating foods you should include in your daily diet (From Times of India)

Your diet plays an important role in preventing the onset of depression, anxiety and other mental heath troubles that cause sadness.

Read Happy foods: Mood elevating foods you should include in your daily diet [[link removed]]

Romesh Ranganathan says London Marathon training is ‘good’ for his mental health (from the Standard)

The actor and comedian said pushing himself outside his comfort zone during training for the April 21 event has been a positive experience

Read Romesh Ranganathan says London Marathon training is ‘good’ for his mental health [[link removed]]

As the First Nations know, forests are ‘music to the soul’ (from

Forests have intrinsic physical, mental and spiritual health benefits

Read As the First Nations know, forests are ‘music to the soul’ [[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]]

Poetry therapy (online session from Nation's Finest), Monday 15 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. Please note the time above is UK time. The event takes place in the USA and if you book the time listed on your ticket will be USA time.

Book Poetry therapy [[link removed]]

Music To remember (online event from Music Heals Minds), Tuesday 16 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]]

Meditation For entrepreneurs (online event from Meditation Ventures) Monday to Friday 10.45am

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]]

Laughing Fit - a weekly online laughter class for health & happiness (online group session from Jon Bockelmann-Evans), Tuesday 16 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]]

International wellbeing support group (From Rain on Me), Monday 22 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

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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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