The Redbridge Link

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

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Info Directory

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

Celebration of Carers Week 2008

To celebrate Carers Week a number of different events will be taking place in Ilford.

Drop into the Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, IG1 1DD on Friday 13 June 2008 between 11am-3pm. Activities include: music; health checks; information advice and refreshments and the launch of the Redbridge Carers' Emergency Scheme.

For further information please contact Yvonne Gordon on 020 8708 5573.

Redbridge Carers Support Service are holding a number of events including: Yoga Classes on the 9th June and a special presentation event - on the 11th June - highlighting the work of the Older Carers Projects with guest actress Pam Ferris. To find out more please call RCSS on: 020 8514 6251 or email

Your Shout

If you use local mental health services or care for someone who does and you want to have a say about how mental health services will be delivered in the future then come along to Your Shout on Thursday 5th June 2008, 2pm to 4pm .

The event is being held in the Aldborough Room, Fullwell Cross Library, High Street, Barkingside, Ilford, IG6 2EA

Introduction to Mental Health & Mental Incapacity Acts

Robert Keys, Mental Health Act Manger for NELMHT will be holding a briefing session on the Mental Health and Mental Incapacity Acts. The venue is our offices: 98-100 Ilford Lane, Ilford IG1 2LD from 9.30am to 12pm

Places are limited so if you would like to attend please email Jon Abrams or phone the office on 020 8925 2435 to book a place.

Publishing and New Media Workshop

thinkarts are running a workshop on Tuesday 8th July from 10.30am to 12.30 at the OT Department, Goodmayes Hospital. The training is for volunteers who are interested in developing their skills to work on the thinkarts newsletter production.

If you are interested in the arts, magazine publishing or new media this is an opportunity to gain skills and experiences.

Places are limited. If you are interested please contact Vivienne or Mary-Anne on 0844 600 1218 or via email at:

Ever feel you want to say something about the mental health services you receive?

What stops you from having your say? What prevents you from speaking your mind? - What are the barriers? Come and join us, talk and share your experience amongst friends and enjoy afternoon tea.

The date for the workshop is: Wednesday 25th June 2008 - 1pm to 4pm at THE YORK ROOM, Ilford Central Library, Clements Road, IG1 1EA

RSVP: Nikki Sharp - 0844 6001201 ext. 7888

Safeguarding Adults in Redbridge

Everyone has a right to feel safe and to be treated with dignity and respect in their daily lives. We have an awareness raising campaign in Redbridge to tie in with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15th June 2008.

Most people who need support are well cared for by families, friends, neighbours and services. But even so some people are abused and exploited and we want to do everything we can to stop this happening.

You can help - by being aware that such things can happen. You can make a difference by finding out if there is anything you can do to help, and reporting concerns you may have. All concerns, including those reported anonymously, will be taken seriously and dealt with sensitively.

Information stalls and advice will be available at the following venues, from 10am - noon: John Telford Health Centre, 17th June; South Woodford Health Centre 18th June; Hainault Health Centre 19th June and Seven Kings Health Centre 20th June.

If you have concerns about someone who may be being abused, please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 020 8554 5000 or the Community Care Advice Centre on 020 8708 7333 (Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm).

If you want further information about safeguarding adults, contact the Safeguarding Adults Co-ordinator on 020 8554 5000 or visit the Redbridge i website

Fit for 2012 - Sports Day July 3rd Goodmayes Hospital

Fit for 2012 - on July 3 - will celebrate physical fitness and the arts at Goodmayes Hospital. It will be a fun filled day including: five-a-side football; tai-chi; wellbeing demonstrations; rounders; tug of war; an acoustic music session and displays from Thinkarts.

"The Sports Day", according to John Harrington who successfully organised last year's event, "is an opportunity to engage with the wider community who are involved in the provision of Mental Health Services or associated services and present the extent to which an holistic approach is being adopted that incorporates physical wellbeing in the programmes offered to Mental Health Service Users.

"Last year was a real success so let's make this year's Sports Day an even bigger one!"

For further information please email John Harrington.

Attitudes to Mental Illness 2008 Research Report

The latest national statistics on Attitudes to Mental Illness produced by the Department of Health were released on 8 May 2008.

Since March 1993, the Department of Health has placed a set of questions on TNS's Face-to-Face Consumer Omnibus about public attitudes towards mental illness. From 1993 to 1997 the questions were asked on an annual basis and then every third year up until 2003.

Since 2007 the survey has again been carried out annually. The surveys serve as a benchmark, enabling measurement of whether attitudes are improving or worsening over time.

Download attitudes to Mental Illness Research Report, 2008

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