The Redbridge News

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

Festive Singing for the Brain, Saturday 11th December 2010

Come along and join in with festive Christmas singing. Usual Monthly Saturday Drop - in will also be running; for information about Dementia services and carer support services.

Living Well Resource Centre, 372 Chadwell Heath Lane, Chadwell Heath, Essex, RM6 4YG

10.30am - 1.30pm, Alison Gordon, 020 8708 9151

RUN-UP Newsletter

Read and download the latest RUN-UP newsletter here to find out more on how local mental health service users are challenging and influencing the design and delivery of local services.

You Tube Video

We have produced a short film celebrating World Mental Health Day in Redbridge. You can watch it here.

Martha Robinson Poetry Competition 2010

Organised by National Perceptions Forum The competition is open to all mental health (ex-)service users in the UK. The winning entries will be published in "Perceptions" Magazine.

PRIZES: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25

For an entry form please write to: Rachel Brett Poetry Competition, National Perceptions Forum, Rethink, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP Or email Rachel Brett e-mail:

Deadline for entries Monday 28th February 2011

Out and About in Redbridge - What's Going on?

There are a whole range of events going on around Redbridge over the next month including the thinkarts creative writing group; five-a-side training and football with airfootball and open sessions at the Redbridge Music Lounge.

To find out more please browse our Events' Diary

Compelling new report shows why mental health 'must be at the heart of public health'

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) has published a compelling bank of evidence showing why public health strategies cannot afford to ignore mental health. The position statement, No health without public mental health: the case for action, shows that:

  • People with a mental disorder smoke almost half of all tobacco consumed and account for almost half of all smoking-related deaths
  • Depression doubles the risk of developing coronary heart disease
  • People with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder die an average 20 years earlier than the general population, largely owing to physical health problems.
  • People with two or more long-term physical illnesses have a 7 times greater risk of depression.

Making Drama out of a Crisis: Authentic Portrayals of Mental Illness in TV Drama

A new study published by Shift finds that, despite clear improvements over recent years, prime time TV drama struggles to present an accurate picture of mental illness.

Making Drama out of a Crisis aims to encourage writers, producers, directors and commissioners of television drama to enter into a debate about these issues and how they portray mental illness on TV. Mental health charities, experts and people with mental health problems are keen to join this discussion.

The report finds that:

  • 45% of peak-time programmes with mental illness storylines portrayed people with mental health problems as posing a threat to others.
  • 63% of references to mental health were pejorative, flippant or unsympathetic.
  • 45% of programmes had sympathetic portrayals, but these often portrayed the characters as tragic victims.

Download the summary and full report at

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