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Redbridge Concern Enews Bulletin

Lack of post-hospital mental health care 'increasing risk of suicides'

Thousands of people experiencing and recovering from mental health problems are being left at increased risk of suicide because NHS mental health teams in England and Wales are not checking up on them within a week of their discharge from hospital, despite guidelines requiring the NHS to contact them.

“Patients should only be discharged from specialist mental health services when there are ongoing care arrangements in place for them. Failure to do so can put the person at risk of harm, their condition can relapse and it can mean they are more likely to go going back into hospital,” said Dr Paul Lelliott, the Care Quality Commission’s deputy chief inspector of hospitals.

Jon Abrams, Redbridge Concern for Mental Health added:

"Seven days is simply too long to wait when someone’s recovery is still at risk. We need to see a reduction of the follow-up time to 48 hours now especially in light of the most recent evidence from last year’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide which found that most suicides occurred on the third day after release. What we also urgently need is investment in community support which is still lacking."

You can read the full report here

Trending To Talk

Redbridge Concern for Mental Health and Vision RCL are hosting an event to get people talking about mental health and dementia. The event will include guest speakers, taster sessions, information stalls and light refreshments. 

When: Tuesday 23rd May
Time:   10am to 2pm
Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road IG1 1EA

Employment Law Seminar

Where should someone living in Redbridge in dispute with their employer go for advice? Come to the Employment Law Seminar organised Redbridge Advice Network where you will learn about: 

  • employment issues experienced by Redbridge residents, especially wage disputes
  • where to go for advice
  • early conciliation 
  • early preparation of claims and fees remission
  • and, the tribunal process.
Book here

The Equality Advisory Support Service Advice Line

Have you been...

  • Made redundant because of your age or disability?
  • Refused housing because of your race?
  • Treated differently because of pregnancy & maternity, religious beliefs or your sexual orientation?
The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) provides information advice and support on disability discrimination and human rights issues to individuals in England, Scotland and Wales.

You can contact the EASS by phone, textphone, webchat, letter or email. If you are a BSL user
then skype. 

If you are contacting the EASS by post about an issue for the first time, please do not send any documents with your letter.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-8pm,
Saturday 10am-2pm

Telephone or Text
Telephone - 0808 800 0082
Textphone - 0808 800 0084

Equality Advisory Support Service

To contact the EASS by email go to


Consultation on the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The Health and Wellbeing Board is part of Redbridge Council. It brings together key strategic partners involved in health and social care. It aims to improve health outcomes for local people and reduce health inequalities.

The Board has written a draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy, setting out their overarching ambitions for improving health and reducing health inequalities locally in 2017-2021. They are seeking feedback on the draft strategy and whether residents agree with the ambitions and how they will be achieved.

You can find details of the proposals, and have your say, at

The closing date for the consulation is Monday 12 June.

Hub Central: business and employment skills support

We are opening Hub Central on the second floor of Redbridge Central Library at the end of April. For the last 18 months, Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure have delivered the Enterprise Desk programme for new and existing micro, small and medium businesses in partnership with Work Redbridge which has informed the development of this permanent facility.

Our Business, Employment and Skills Hub will continue to offer library and online resources including books, journals and COBRA business database, co-working space, 1-2-1 advice and a range of workshops, training and networking events.

You can find out more here

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 CCG consults on health spending

The CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) is part of the NHS. It’s made up of GPs and decides what services the local NHS should provide.

Resources are limited, and the CCG is consulting about whether it should spend money on:

  • IVF (in vitro fertilisation)
  • Male and female sterilisation
  • NHS prescribing – including gluten-free food prescriptions, over the counter prescribing, soya-based formula milk and travel vaccinations
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Weight loss surgery

You can find details of the proposals, and have your say, at

The closing date for the consulation is 5pm on Thursday 18 May

Do you or your service users have access to affordable and nutritious food?

Do you or your service users have access to affordable and nutritious food? RedbridgeCVS is seeking views of local residents and community groups on access to affordable, nutritious food in Redbridge.

This research project aims to explore:

  1. Experiences of residents of Redbridge in accessing affordable nutritious food in the borough.
  2. Factors that support access to affordable nutritious food and the different challenges that residents face in doing so.
  3. Actions that could be taken to ensure all Redbridge residents are able to access and enjoy affordable and nutritious food. 

Why are we conducting this survey?
We are conducting this research project on behalf of Redbridge Council. An Action Plan will be developed based on the findings of theresearch, and submitted to the Council. A multi-agency Steering Group has been set up to investigate access to affordable and nutritious food in Redbridge and to look at actions that can be undertaken by the Council and its partners to address it.

What will happen to the results?
The research results will be published in a report. Anyone who is interested in the project will have access to the findings and they will be made available online to download or browse free of charge.

How long does it take to complete the survey?
The survey takes 10 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your time.

Survey for Redbridge community groups
If you are a community group please click here to complete the survey.

Survey for people who live in Redbridge
If you are a Redbridge residents, please click here to complete the survey.

More information
If you would like to speak to one of our team members to share your views about this research, please get in touch with our Health Partnerships Manager, Swati Vyas via email at or phone 020 8514 9626.

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