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.

Mental Health and Debt

This is a free 40-page PDF booklet supported by Mind, Rethink, CAPUK and others, for people with mental health problems and those caring for them.

It covers how to handle debts when unwell, work with banks, free debt counselling, specific tips for bipolar or depression sufferers, whether to declare a condition and more.

You can read and download a copy here.

RUN-UP Newsletter

Read and download the latest RUN-UP newsletter including an update on Forest House Psychotherapy.

Alzheimer Cafe - Tuesday 10th January 2012, 11am to 1pm

For everyone interested or affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia - the Alzheimer Cafe, Redbridge has invited Rita Thakaria & Carla Bryson (Specialist Speech & Language Therapists) to talk about swallowing problems in dementia & coping strategies.

The event is on Tuesday 10th January 2012 from 11am to 1pm at IRDSA Hall, Craven Gardens, Barkingside, IG6 1PS (Next to car park).

For further information please contact: Eileen Tan, Admiral Nurse on 0844 600 1212 or Coral Kathro, Alzheimer's Society on 0844 600 1197

Redbridge Council: Annual Budget Consultation with the Voluntary & Community Sector, 23 January

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health, Councillor John Fairley-Churchill would like to invite you to the next Adult Social Services Annual Budget Consultation with the Voluntary and Community Sector. The topic for discussion will form part of the Council's budget consultation process.

Monday 23rd January 2012
Mildmay Day Centre
Mildmay House, Albert Road
Ilford, Essex, IG1 1HP

4.30pm - 6.00pm
(Registration opens at 4.15 pm and light refreshments will be available)

Confirm your attendance by phone on 020 8708 5167 or email:

You can find out more about Adult Social Services, the work they do, how they are performing and the priorities for the future here

The Redbridge Compact 2011-14 is Launched

The new Redbridge Compact sets out how public bodies, such as the Police, NHS, Fire Brigade and the Council, will work more closely with voluntary organisations to make sure residents continue to benefit from their vital help and support. Amongst other things, the document sets out guidelines for community involvement, volunteering, commitment to longer term funding, how to work well together and guidelines for solving any disputes.

Find out more information here.

Tell Us Once

A new service that makes it easier for grieving residents to tell organisations about a death has been launched in Redbridge. 'Tell Us Once' is a voluntary service which allows people to tell Redbridge Council about a death and then the Council tells the other Government and local services that need to know about it. Residents will be asked if they wish to use the service when they visit the Registrar to register a death.

More information about Tell Us Once here.

Views Requested on the New Primary Care Strategy

NHS Outer North East London is currently consulting on their Primary Care Strategy for 2012/17.  They are looking at ways to organise local services so that residents can get more services closer to home or in their own home. The consultation runs until February 2012 and they would welcome your views.

Read the Draft Strategy and give a response here.

Remploy launches flagship mental health support services for Access to Work

Remploy recently launched the UK's first ever Government funded mental health in work support service.

This new service will assist more than 1,600 people with mental health conditions to stay in employment.

Currently, one in six people in the UK suffer from a mental health condition at any one time. This equates to 70 million working days lost every year due to mental ill health [Source: Mind].

Remploy's in work support starting today is completely impartial and confidential, comes at no cost to either employer or employee, can be delivered with or without the support of the employer and is delivered by experts who truly understand mental health.

The service will provide a wide range of support for people with mental health conditions for a period of six months and will include identifying reasonable adjustments within the workplace or within the confines of working practice.

Access to Work advisers can be contacted via the following link on the Direct Gov website.

For further information about Remploy's Access to Work Mental Health Service visit the Remploy website.

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

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