The Redbridge News

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

World Mental Health Day, October 6, Town Hall Ilford

Aimed at challenging the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health conditions and also the many ways we can help ourselves to improve our mental and emotional well-being, we are celebrating World Mental Health Day on Thursday 6 October at Ilford Town Hall.

So, come along and find out more. There will be plenty of information stalls, massages, free health checks, music, raffles and more.

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

Mental health problems trigger strongest prejudice, WHO report finds

The World Health Organization (WHO) World Report on Disability, the first major publication of its kind, gave an important account of the plight of people with mental health problems all over the world. The WHO found (ex-) users of mental health services to have a lower life expectancy and more chronic health conditions than the general population.

People with long term mental health problems were more likely to be obese and have heart disease, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, diabetes, strokes, or breast cancer. They were also more prone to developing chronic health conditions at a younger age, and to dying sooner after diagnosis.

Read the full report here

Disability Capital Conference

The Mayor of London's Disability Capital Conference 2011 is on Thursday 20 October in the Platinum Suite at London’s Excel Centre. This year it will run alongside Naidex South, the disability, homecare and rehabilitation exhibition.

Come to the Mayor’s Deaf and disability equality conference. We’ll be talking about the London 2012 legacy, accessible transport, housing, debt management, volunteering and more.

There will be five main plenary sessions, plus six workshops to choose from.

High profile speakers include Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People. Topics will range from Olympic legacy, transport, hate crime, volunteering, London debt strategy, changing faces, invisible disability and disability equality in practice.

Come along on the day and meet London 2012 Paralympic Athletes, hear about their experiences and find out how you can get involved in developing GLA strategies to meet your needs.

Find out more here

Forest Farm Peace Garden Abundance Day, Sunday 9 October

Join us at Forest Farm Peace Garden to celebrate the abundance of the harvest at our next open day. There will be guided walks of the garden, children's activities, hot food, sale of plants, bread and cakes, a swap-stall and making freshly pressed apple juice from Forest Farm Peace Garden apples.

Venue: Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, Essex, IG6 2XL

Date and Time: Sunday 9 October, 12pm - 4pm

Enquiries: 07587 244459 (Mairead) or 07913089979 (Natalie)

Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, Essex, IG6 2XL

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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Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
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