The Redbridge News

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

BAMER Mental Health & Well Being Seminar

This Thursday - 3rd November 2011 - at the Ilford Central Library from 9.30am to 2pm, The Asian Health Agency in partnership with Redbridge Carers Support Services is organising a seminar to explore the mental health issues affecting BAMER communities.

This is a free seminar, however, booking is required. Please email: Farah Chaudhry or phone her on 020 8981 2146 to reserve a place.

RUN-UP Newsletter

Read and download the latest RUN-UP newsletter including an update on the Care Quality Commission's recent visit to Goodmayes Hospital and a response from NELFT's Chief Executive John Brouder.

Hidden Words

The thinkarts Creative Writing Group has published a collection of poems and short stories.

The book is priced at £4.00 and can be purchased by emailing Asheley Lotter

Hidden in plain sight - the launch of the Disability Harassment Inquiry report

'Hidden in plain sight' - the final report of our ground breaking inquiry into disability-related harassment. The report uncovers not only that harassment is a commonplace experience for disabled people, but also that a culture of disbelief and systemic institutional failures are preventing it from being tackled effectively.

As well as reporting on the extent of harassment, the report also includes a review of ten cases to look at what, if any, lessons have been learnt in each case, and makes recommendations to public authorities to help them deal with the problems uncovered.

We urge you to read the report findings and draft recommendations for public authorities aimed at tackling disability-related harassment. Please visit here

Five tips to reduce the costs of low productivity

The Centre for Mental Health in a recent report has calculated that presenteeism (or reduced productivity) from mental ill health alone costs the UK economy £15.1 billion per annum, more than double that of absenteeism.

Research shows that presenteeism is hugely costly to employers, but all too often ignored. Managing it well not only saves money in both the short and longer term, but also contributes to the development of an engaged and productive workforce.

Find out more here about the top five tips to help organisations manage presenteeism: here

Island to Island: Dominica, Barbados and Britain, 1 November to 31 December 2011

This Redbridge Museum exhibition displays stunning images by respected photographer Tim Smith. The exhibition uses photographs and people's stories of migration to explore the close relationship between Britain and the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Barbados.

The Redbridge Museum is on 2nd Floor, Ilford Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1EA.

To find out the opening times please click here

Caring for our future White Paper consultation launched

The Government has now identified six areas where they feel there is the biggest potential to make improvements to the care and support system. Between now and December, they will be having discussions on these areas with a range of people and organisations involved with care and support. They want to discuss what people's priorities are, and this will feed directly into a White Paper that will be published in April 2012, alongside a progress report on funding reform.

The priorities proposed are:

1.Improving quality and developing the workforce
2.Increased personalisation and choice
3.Ensuring services are better integrated around people's needs
4.Supporting greater prevention and early intervention
5.Creating a more diverse and responsive care market
6.The role of the financial services sector in supporting users, carers and their families

To find out how you can express your opinion please visit the Department of health website here

Age of opportunity: older people, volunteering and the Big Society

This report, in partnership with older people's charity Independent Age, urges the Coalition to rethink the policies designed to support the Big Society, ensuring that they support and encourage older people who already contribute an estimated £14 billion worth of volunteering and childcare to the UK economy every year. It sets out a raft of policies aimed at breaking down barriers that hamper greater community participation from older people.

Read and download the report 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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