The Redbridge News

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

The Nature of Flames

The Nature of Flames is an experimental novella about Omar who is experiencing severe emotional distress as he desperately tries to fly to Marrakech from Gatwick to join Aisha, his Moroccan wife, to whom the Home Office is not granting a visa.

The author Azeem Khan lives and works in Redbridge

You can purchase a copy here.

NELFT Update

NELFT's governance rating recently went from green to red/amber following a visit by the Care Quality Commission to Sunflowers Court in May when they found that the Trust needed to make some improvements.

The Trust took immediate action to address all of the concerns raised and, after reviewing these, the CQC wrote to Monitor to say that they have no serious outstanding concerns.

This has led to Monitor re-instating NELFT's green governance rating in October.

North East London NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive John Brouder said: "This is good news, and we hope this will help to reassure our service users and patients that the services they are receiving are amongst the best available."

RUN-UP Newsletter

Read and download the latest RUN-UP newsletter including an update on the Redbridge Day Services' Review

Have your say on the future of primary care services

The NHS has launched a 12-week consultation to ask residents for their views on proposed changes to how it delivers primary care services in Redbridge. Primary care includes GP practices, dentists, high street opticians, pharmacies, urgent care centres and much more.

Separate changes in the NHS were announced last month after the Health Secretary agreed proposals to close Accident and Emergency and maternity services at King George Hospital. Residents will need to travel to Queen's or Whipps Cross Hospitals for these services. No changes will take place until Queen's Hospital and other local health services are improved and of a high standard.

You can respond to the consultation here

Could you help shape Government policy on mental health? - The Ministerial Advisory Group on the Mental Health Strategy

The Ministerial Advisory Group on the Mental Health Strategy has recently been established to lead the delivery of No health without mental health. The group, which meets four times a year, is chaired by Paul Burstow, the Minister for Care Services. It has a large membership that includes representatives from Government departments, third sector organisations and other community organisations.

For these posts you will be responsible for ensuring that the voices of people with experience of using mental health services and the family and friends who support them are heard in the Ministerial Advisory Group's discussions. You will need to be a person who has used mental health services in England either currently or in the past, or a relative or friend who supports somebody who has used, or uses these services.

Remuneration is £150 per day. Travel and related expenses are reimbursed at rates set by the Department of Health.

Information is also available in easy read, braille, large type or on tape by calling John Wilson on 0113 394 6747 or emailing

You can find out more here

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 5th January 2012.

AdEPT: Understanding and Preventing the Adverse Effects of Psychological Therapies

If you have experienced therapy as a therapist or client, that you feel has 'gone wrong' or been harmful, we are keen to hear from you. It doesn't matter whether you have used NHS services or not.

There are different ways to take part in our study, filling in a questionnaire, being interviewed, and/or taking part in a focus group - everyone has to initially complete a questionnaire.

If you would like more information please click here

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss anything please contact Alexis Foster (Research Assistant, AdEPT) in the first instance:

Mental health crisis card - telephone number error

Unfortunately there was a printing error on the recently issued North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) mental health crisis cards.

There is a '1' missing from the end of the mental health direct telephone number on the back of the card (the correct number is on the front of the card).

The incorrect cards have been recalled where possible, and replaced with correctly printed cards. However, it has come to our attention that a number of the incorrect cards are in circulation.

We are asking everybody with a NELFT MHS crisis card to take a look at the back of their card and check the Mental Health Direct telephone number, which should read 0844 600 1111.

If you have an incorrect card and would like a replacement card, please contact Nikki Tysoe on 0844 600 1200 ext 4229 or and we will be happy to send you a new card.

We are very sorry for any confusion this error may have caused.

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.

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

Web Site Editor

Jon Abrams
Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
98-100 Ilford Lane
Ilford, Essex, IG1 2LD
Web Site:
Telephone: 020 8925 2435

Company Limited by Guarantee No. 3115971
Registered Charity No. 1065770

A big thanks to our funders: the London Borough of Redbridge and NHS Redbridge


All links in the Concern for Mental Health’s enews bulletin have been selected using a standard links protocol. Links are provided for information and convenience only. Redbridge Concern for Mental Health cannot accept responsibility for the content of sites linked to, and any links do not represent an endorsement by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.