The Redbridge Link

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

Please let us know what is going on

If you have some information to share with the community please email Jon Abrams at:

Info Directory

Visit our online mental health info directory an up to date guide of mental health services in Redbridge at

Paint The Town Red

'Paint the Town Red' is the title of our forthcoming art exhibition, held in collaboration with thinkarts, to celebrate World Mental Health Week.

The exhibition will run from the 6th to the 17th of October at Central Library, Ilford

If you would like to exhibit please download our guidelines or alternatively contact thinkarts on 0844 600 1218 or Jon Abrams on 020 8925 2435.

Celebrity Football Match

Air Football is hosting a celebrity football match on Sunday 10th August from 12 noon to 7pm at Cricklefields Stadium, Ilford FC, Seven Kings, High Road, Ilford IG1 1UE.

Entry to the game is FREE. There will be a variety of activities and events including music ranging from RnB to Rock, Hip hop to Pop. There will also be activities for children including athletics, football (Netbusters) a bouncy castle and face painting as well as information stalls - HSBC, Fitness First, Boots and the Met Police.

For further information, contact Air Football on 07962 374 021 or alternatively you can email: or visit the Air Football website.

Volunteering at Goodmayes

The Redbridge Progress Team has a number of volunteering opportunities. You can find out more here

Relaxation podcasts

The Mental Health Foundation has released a suite of podcasts which are free to download. There are a range of podcasts from sleep and wellbeing to stress and relaxation. They can be listened to on your mp3 player on the move or computer, and best of all they are free! For more information and to download visit The Mental Health Foundation Website.

Bi-Polar Affective Disorder Group

Annette Challenger - Babalola is planning to set up a self-help group for people with Bi-Polar Affective Disorder in the Redbridge area. The group will meet monthly at Redbridge Concern for Mental Health Offices: 98-100 Ilford Lane, Ilford, IG1 2LD

Annette is holding a planning meeting on Tuesday 26th August at 2.30pm at our offices. If you are interested in attending please contact her on 020 8925 2435 - Monday or Thursday - or just come along on the day.

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

The North East London NHS Foundation Trust is seeking people to join as members to have a say in how local mental health services are run.

Becoming a member doesn't cost you anything and it doesn't commit you to being heavily involved in the work of the Trust. As a member you can be involved as much, or as little, as you want and your contribution will also help reduce the stigma and discrimination people with mental health illnesses experience.

To find out more please contact the Membership Office on free phone 0800 694 0699 via email or visit the NELFT website where you can download information.

Herb Day at Forest Farm Peace Garden

On Sunday 10th August at 11.00 the Peace Garden's resident herbalist Debbie Syrret will be holding the first of her ongoing series of herb walks, talks and workshops. (See the attached article for more details Herb Blog).

These workshops will become an ongoing feature of the work going on at the Peace Garden, empowering more and more people to take control of their own health and vitality. Hope you can join us, bring some food to share if you like, or help us make a beautiful fresh feast straight from the garden!

Gareth can be contacted via email at: Alternatively, please call him on 0791 308 9979

Healthcare watchdog highlights best and worst NHS hospital care for people with acute mental health problems

Published on 23 July this review by the Healthcare Commission is the largest ever review of acute inpatient mental health services. It highlights areas for action and shows that all have room to improve. The Healthcare Commission assessed all 69 NHS trusts providing acute inpatient mental health services in England. This covered 554 wards providing almost 10,000 beds for patients between the ages of 18 and 65.

The review showed that while some trusts struggle to meet standards, there are a number of high-performing trusts proving that it is possible to provide personalised, safe and good quality acute mental health care.

However, no trust was scored as 'excellent' across all four of the key criteria, showing that every NHS mental health provider trust has room to improve services to patients.

You can find out more about what service users said about the North East London Foundation Trust here.

Jon Abrams
Web Site Editor
Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
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Ilford, Essex, IG1 2LD
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