The Redbridge News

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

Our response to ONEL's primary care strategy

It was disappointing to read ONEL's strategy which hardly mentions mental ill-health despite the fact that no other health condition matches mental illness in the combined extent of prevalence, persistence, and breadth of impact.

The strategy also appears to largely ignore the Coalition Government's Mental Health Strategy: No Health Without Mental Health and the underlying theme that mental health is everyone's business. Indeed, the government's mental health outcomes strategy places considerable emphasis on the connections between mental and physical health.

You can read and download our response here.

Associations between mental and physical health

There is a strong association between mental and physical ill health. People with long-term conditions, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, have significantly raised rates of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems, referred to as co-morbidity.

Evidence suggests that many of these people receive poorer quality care than those with a single condition.

You can read and download the report here

RUN-UP Newsletter

Read and download the latest RUN-UP newsletter including an update on the consultation around psychological services.

Public meeting: the future of local involvement in Redbridge 27 March 2012

In April 2013, RedbridgeLINk will develop into a new organisation called Redbridge Local HealthWatch.

Local HealthWatch will be representative of diverse communities, engaging with them to influence policy, planning and delivery of local health and social care services.

They will aim to provide local information and help people access and make choices about services and to support people if they need to complain about NHS services.

In partnership with the London Borough of Redbridge, RedbridgeLINk has created a pilot 'Redbridge Pathfinder' to test Local HealthWatch in action and to see what works well in our community.

This is your chance to be part of the discussions and to identify how our Local HealthWatch should be developed.

Places must be booked in advance. Please email or telephone 020 8553 1236 to book a place.

Venue: 5th Floor, Forest House, 16-20 Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1BA.

Lunch and refreshments will be served during the meeting.

Grants to tackle mental health stigma available now

Time To Change (TTC), the anti-mental health stigma campaign, has now launched a grants fund, for projects that tackle mental health discrimination.

Grants ranging from £10,000 to £80,000 are available for projects that challenge negative attitudes towards mental health by bringing people who don't have experience of mental health problems together with those who do.

Applications must come from not-for-profit constituted groups or organisations OR people working in partnership with not-for-profit constituted groups or organisations, who can hold and administer the funds.

TTC will be running regional information sessions during February and March to provide more details about the application process. Visit the Time To Change website for more information

Redbridge Community Fund Open

If you are a local voluntary or community group in Redbridge looking for funding to deliver local services not normally covered by existing funding or procurement arrangements then this is your answer.

Who can apply?
** Redbridge based voluntary and community groups
** Partnership/joint bids with other voluntary organisations or statutory bodies

How much can you apply for?
You can apply for any amount up to £200k. The Council will fund up to 50% of the total project cost. You must show that you have 50% match-funding in cash and/or in-kind support to enable you to deliver the project.

To receive an Application Pack
Please call the Customer Contact Centre on 020 8554 5000 or pick one up from the One Stop Shop, Lynton House, 255-259 High Road, Ilford.

To download the Guidance Notes and Application Form visit the Council website.

Closing Date
Friday 23 March 2012 at 5pm

Animated Minds

Animated Minds is a series of short animated documentaries which use real testimony from people who have experienced different forms of mental distress. A single aim underpins all the films: to help dispel myths and misconceptions about 'mental illness' by giving a voice to those who experience these various difficulties first hand.

Watch the films here

Forest Farm Peace Garden Open Day, 11 March 2012, 11:00am - 4pm

Tree planting, entertainment and activities for environment and community at this community garden in Hainault.

Join Forest Farm Peace Garden for this year's first Open Day, where they will be celebrating trees and how they make our cities more healthy, beautiful and sustainable. Forest Farm Peace Garden welcomes you to the community garden to discover how we are bringing people together to enjoy nature, conserve the environment and grow local organic food.

** Tree planting throughout the day ** Delicious food and herbal tea ** Gardening for wildlife activities **Buy organically grown seedlings for your garden **Facepainting and other children's activities

For more information visit, email or call 07587 244 459.

Entrance at end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, near Hainault Tube Station - map here.

Angry Black Women - Myth or Reality? 08 March 2012, 12noon to 2pm

What does it mean to be an ethnic minority woman today?

Do we have reason to be angry?

Are traditional gender roles for ethnic minority woman made more complicated by racism or sexism?

How angry do Black women have to get before we get rid of the 'angry black woman' stereotype? Does the 'sisterhood' help or hinder?


Register through Eventbrite.

'Shatter the Silence', Domestic Abuse Workshop, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6pm to 8:30pm

You are warmly invited to attend and participate in an important workshop to raise awareness around domestic abuse. The event is being held at Ilford Town Hall in the Lambourne room

You can book a ticket here.

Alternatively or call 020 8708 2478/2445

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.

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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