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Redbridge Concern Enews Bulletin

From NHS Director to mental health inpatient in 10 days

Perhaps not the most flattering photo of me, but I'm sharing this awful picture and my story to help increase understanding of the impact of mental illness and to celebrate my recovery.

Mental illness will affect 1 in 4 of us during our lifetime and I guess now it's my turn. I am recovering from the most terrible depression that ripped the heart and soul out of me. Very unexpectedly an NHS Acute Inpatient ward in Hackney has been my home for the past 12 weeks.

As I have worked in mental health services for 29 years, one would think I would be immune to mental illness. I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse with 15 years experience as a clinician and latterly 14 years as a manager and then Director. But there is no immunity; mental illness can come out of nowhere and affect anyone at any time.

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New guidelines drawn up on use of restraint in mental health settings focus on care rather than control

People restrained in mental health settings will get the care they need ‘rather than control’ under new guidelines drawn up for police and healthcare professionals. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) draws up a national position about when the police can be asked to attend mental health and learning disability settings and for what reasons – something that wasn’t in place before.

Jon Abrams, Redbridge Concern for Mental Health, "We welcome the new guidance which will go some way to promoting the safety, dignity and respect of people experiencing mental health problems in hospital settings. Much more focus needs to be placed on prevention rather than reaction. For too long the use of restraint has been overused and not always adopted as a last resort."

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Stress, Anxiety? Money worries? Difficulty sleeping? Feeling low? We're here to help.....

We're here to help… It can be difficult having to cope alone and it is often impossible to see a clear way through. Whether your issues are caused by problems you face every day, or by events that have happened in your past - Talking Therapies can help.

We’re a free and confidential NHS service that will work with you to help you feel better. We offer expert support from people who know what you’re experiencing and our highly professional team will introduce you to effective, practical techniques that are proven to work. 

Find out more here

Redbridge Institute - Wellbeing Group

Fortnightly on Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm at Redbridge Institute, Gaysham Avenue, Gants Hill, IG2 6TD

This fortnightly group which is FREE will provide learning activities from many of the Learning in mind courses.

This may include elements of:

  • Living well with Depression
  • Mind Full or Mindful?
  • Steps to Wellbeing
  • Building Confidence and Self-esteem
This informal group is open to anyone that has completed one of our Learning in mind courses and learners will be encouraged to actively participate in the design of its content.

Tel: 020 8550 2398


Creative for Life

Creative for Life is a Big Lottery funded project for adults experiencing mental health conditions who live in Barking and Dagenham, Redbrige and Walthamstow. Activities are aimed at improving well being and reducing social isolation through participation in the arts. Creative for Life is able to offer a limited number of taster workshops to groups led by other organisations working with clients experiencing mental health difficulties:
  • A regular Multi-Arts group on Wednesday between 12.00 and 14.00, the group use a variety of approaches to the visual arts including painting, drawing, ceramecs, mosaic and more.
  • A Coping Skills woprkshop led by Farah Diba, a Creative for Life artist and experienced life coach. The workshop will take place on Thursday 9th March between 10.30 and 12.30, and 20 spaces are available - so advance booking is essential.
  • Starting on Monday 13th March and running for 12 weeks (with an Easter break) we have our very popular Creative Life Skills group, which uses drama techniques to support participants to improve their confidence, self esteem and self efficacy (self belief).

Referalls are taken from mental health services (both statuatory and voluntary sector), other health and community professionals, and self referrals. All activities take place at Chadwell Heath Community Centre, 255 High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 6AS

For more information please contact Michael Dollan:

Come along and join Daffodil Advocacy for Tea

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 2.45pm to 4.30pm
Valentines Mansion, Emerson Rd, Ilford IG1 4XA

Daffodil Advocacy is hosting this event to showcase the self advocacy and services we have been developing to support people in Redbridge, Havering and Waltham Forest.

We have been providing advocacy and quality checking services in the area for over 20 years and are one of only five organisations involved in the national NHS Health Quality Checking Programme. More recently we have developed new ways of using advocacy to improve confidence and resilience and help adults achieve greater independence.

This event is designed for anyone with an interest in people who have support needs, including those with a learning disability and mental ill health, particularly commissioners and service providers.

If you would like to attend you can register by email through this link  or by contacting Jodie on 0208 5542328.

You can also find out about our impact here and why we feel that self advocacy and supporting equal access to services is key to helping people on their road to independence.

Now Open - The Redbridge Community Project and Small Grants Funds Round 1 Opens 20th January to 6th March 2017

Are you a voluntary or community sector organisation looking for funding to deliver projects to improve the quality of life of local residents?  The Council has set up a Redbridge Projects fund to support voluntary sector/not-for-profit organisations to deliver services not usually covered by existing funding or procurement arrangements by providing funding for community-led initiatives. 

Round 1 for both funds opened on Friday, 20th January 2017 at 9am and will close on Monday, 6th March 2017 at 9am Round 2 for both funds will open on Friday, 1st September 2017 at 9am and will close on Monday, 16th October 2017 at 9am

You can find out more and apply here on The London Community Foundation Website

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