The Redbridge News

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

"The strong do as they wish, while the poor suffer as they must." Why are mental health services being targeted?

A few weeks ago Mervyn King the governor of the Bank of England placed the blame squarely on the financial sector for the economic crisis of 2008. What relevance has this you may well be asking for us folks in Redbridge? Well, as a result of the financial crises and the resulting economic turmoil Redbridge Council must save £25 million. As the cutters sharpen their knives users of local mental health and social services are being targeted.

Read more here about our response to the proposed local authority cuts in services.

NELFT Service User and Carer Information Evening, 24 November 2010, 6-7pm

There will be some some changes to local mental health services over the next few months, including: The opening of a new inpatient facility at Goodmayes; the closure of Mascalls Park and changes to some community-based mental health services

To find out more come along to our service users and carers information evening on: Wednesday 24 November 2010, 6-7pm, NELFT Trust Head Office, Tantallon House, Goodmayes Hospital Site, Barley Lane, Ilford, IG3 8XJ

This is a good opportunity to ask questions and find out more about how the changes might affect you. As space is limited, we would be grateful if you could let us know you will be attending, by contacting Luenne Featherstone on 0844 600 1201 ext 4293 or email her at:

Out and About in Redbridge - What's Going on?

There are a whole range of events going on around Redbridge over the next month including the thinkarts creative writing group; five-a-side training and football with airfootball and open sessions at the Redbridge Music Lounge.

To find out more please browse our Events' Diary

Alzheimer Cafe - Tuesday 9 November 2010, 11am to 1pm

For everyone interested or affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia. Netty Hedges from the British Red Cross will be discussing First Aid Awareness - British Red Cross

The event is on Tuesday 9 November 2010 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.

Community Treatment Orders

In the Mental Health Act 2007, Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) were introduced to compel mental health patients who are considered at risk of harming themselves or others to continue taking medication following discharge from hospital.

The new powers are very controversial as the actual risk to the public from people with a mental illness is far smaller than most people think. CTOs are felt by many patients to be very restrictive and stigmatising, and for some people medication has harmful side-effects.

The initial impact of CTOs has recently been reviewed by the Mental Health Alliance. A key finding is that CTOs have been imposed on patients far more frequently than the Government expected - 4,000 uses in the first year against an estimate of 400-600. But there is very little evidence as yet as to whether CTOs are improving the quality of care people receive, or their quality of life.

You can find out more here.

Fit For Fun

Redbridge Council for Voluntary Services are offering voluntary and community groups in Redbridge the opportunity to improve their fitness levels and improve their self worth by giving groups a chance to have 20 weeks of FREE exercise training.

For more information please contact Tracy Andrews, Fit for Fun Coordinator at RedbridgeCVS Tel 020 8514 9618 or e-mail:

We need to talk: getting the right therapy at the right time

This report, published by Mind, found that the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies scheme has had a dramatic impact on waiting times for people with depression and anxiety. However across England 1 in 5 people are still waiting over a year to access psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy or counselling.

You can find out more here.

Calling All Carers in Redbridge

The Home Carers Pilot is a thirteen month project set up to offer health and wellbeing checks for up to 600 eligible unpaid carers within Redbridge and develop personal action plans, to address all aspects of the carers health and wellbeing needs.

To access the pilot you must: provide unpaid care for someone who is deemed to be at high risk of hospital admission; registered with a Redbridge GP and living in Redbridge.

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Caring for Carers Pilot on: 020 8822 4053. Or, you can email: caring4carers@redbridge.

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Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
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