The Redbridge News

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

Religion and Mental Health in Redbridge

This report - a joint piece of work between Concern for Mental Health and Redbridge Faith Forum - outlines the findings of six focus groups with faith communities in Redbridge on the subject of mental health.

You can download and read the findings here

Alzheimer Cafe - Redbridge

For everyone interested or affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia, Jonathan Clements, (Community Mental Health Nurse) will be talking about: Working with younger people with memory problems.

The event will be held on Tuesday 10th March 2009 from: 11am to 1pm at IRDSA Hall, Craven Gardens, Barkingside, IG6 1PS

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

"Words for Wellbeing" - An evening of readings by leading poets, Monday 9th March

Survivors' Poetry and Together: Working for Wellbeing are hosting an evening of readings by leading poets concerned with wellbeing, mental health and happiness.

Featuring: Sarah Wardle, Richard Copeland, Marjorie Holmes, Phil Ruthen, Harriet Thistlethwaite, Christina Viti, Rogan Wolf and Zoompad.

Monday 9th March Foyles bookshop, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB. Tube: Tottenham Court Road 5.45pm for 6pm until 8.30pm

£10 entry on the door. Proceeds to support the work of Together and Survivors Poetry

RedbridgeLINk (Local Involvement Network)

-- Do you have an opinion about health in Redbridge?
-- Would you like to join us to tell us your views?
-- Would you like to share your experience of services with us?

RedbridgeLINk is a new Government initiative set up to give people the opportunity to have a say in how their local health and social care services are planned, commissioned and delivered.

We are very keen to involve as many members of the community to become participants of RedbridgeLINk to help identify gaps in service, identify work priorities and address health inequalities. Anyone can join RedbridgeLINk. We are especially keen to hear from individual members of the public, faith groups, voluntary and community groups, young people, tenants associations etc.

For more information please go to the RedbridgeLINk website where you will find more information on how to join. Alternatively, please contact Saffina Masood, LINk Outreach Worker, on 020 8553 1274 or email her at:

Coping with Stress at Work

Monday 9 March, 1.30-4. 30pm at RedbridgeCVS, 3rd Floor, Forest House, 16-20 Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1BA. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments will be provided. The course is free (£10 refundable deposit required).

The seminar will be facilitated by Alice Colson - the mental health specialist on the Business Mentality Team. Alice has many years of experience as a counsellor, mental health practitioner and health service manager.

To book a place please contact Hardeep Dhillon at Hardeep Dhillon or phone 020 8514 9627.

Too little, too late: an independent review of unmet mental health need in prison

This report reveals that many people who should have been diverted into mental health or social care from police stations or courts are entering prisons, which are ill equipped to meet their needs, and then being discharged back into the community without any support.

You can download and read the report here

Returning To Work

This study was carried out by Loughborough University and funded by the Foundation's grants programme. It examines the role of depression in returning to work after a period of sickness absence across four types of chronic illnesses: depression and anxiety, back pain, heart disease and cancer.

The report shows that almost half (45%) of those with a physical condition experienced mild to moderate depression, but were more worried about telling their employer about their mental health issues than their cancer or heart disease. Despite the fact that depression impacted on their well-being and ability to function at work, most felt unable to tell their line managers about the difficulties they were facing.

You can read and download the report here: here

Jon Abrams
Web Site Editor
Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
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