The Redbridge News

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

In Crisis and Don't Know what to do? - NELFT Mental Health Direct

NELFT Mental Health Direct is a telephone helpline service available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

If you live in Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, or Havering you can call for mental health help and advice anytime of the day or night.

NELFT Mental Health Direct can arrange for you to speak with a mental health professional and can also advise you about what service to contact to get the support you need.

Telephone: 0844 600 1111

Calls from a BT landline are the cost of a local call. Calls from other landlines and mobile providers will vary and may cost more.

How to look after your mental health

It's important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. This booklet - produced by the Mental Health Foundation - suggests 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn't need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice.

The booklet can be downloaded here.

Almost half of disabled people faced discrimination on public transport

A new report released by SCOPE has revealed some shocking statistics on the level of abuse and prejudice faced by disabled people in the UK.

Discrimination and prejudice is rife on our public transport network. The survey also revealed that 47% of disabled people faced some form of discrimination while travelling on public transport.

Alarmingly 15% said they faced 'high-level' abuse.

The survey, conducted by ComRes, also highlighted that 31% of the disabled people questioned felt they had been discriminated against by a bus driver. This rose to 37% in London. 29% said they had experienced discriminatory behaviour from a taxi driver; whilst 25% stated they had faced prejudice from train staff


These findings highlight once again that it not just the physical inaccessibility of transport services - gaps, steps, obstacles - that many of us have to contend with, but also prejudice from non-disabled passengers and regrettably some transport staff.

Forced marriage and mental health

This paper considers both the extent of forced marriage in the UK. It also looks at the impact that forced marriage, and other associated problems, such as domestic abuse, can have upon the mental health of its victims.

It highlights a number of organisations implementing good practice in supporting the victims of forced marriage, and emphasises the importance of partnership working between statutory services and the third sector.

You can read and download the briefing paper here

BASIS Recruitment Under Way

BASIS is is an intensive and tailored support programme for voluntary and community groups in Redbridge.

RedbridgeCVS is now recruiting groups to work with our Big Lottery BASIS programme. The programme will help your group to grow and develop; access training and support; signpost your organisation to specialist advice or assist you in partnership work.

Find out more and download the leaflet.

How to apply
Download and complete the application form. You will also need to get someone who knows your work to to complete the reference form.

More information
For any further information or advice please contact Maddy on 020 8514 9920 or email

Redbridge Compact 2011-2014 - Consultation

Redbridge Compact is a joint agreement between voluntary groups and public bodies and exists to help the partners improve their relationship for mutual advantage and community gain.

The compact is now being upgraded to set the framework for how: voluntary groups, public bodies (including the Council, NHS, Police and Fire Services) will work together over the next 3 years. To find out more and to respond to the consultation visit Redbridge i

Is someone hurting or upsetting you because of who you are? We're here to help.

Redbridge Concern for Mental Health is now a Hate Crime Help and Referral Centre. We offer a safe, confidential environment for anybody who has experienced crime, harassment or abuse because of their: race; religion; sexuality; disability; age; gender identity or mental health condition.

Talk to us and we'll tell you about the wide range of options and support available to you. You can contact us on 020 8925 2435 or email: Jon Abrams

For more information about Hate Crime Help and Referral Centres visit Redbridge I

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