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Info Directory

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Well-Being in Redbridge

To celebrate mental health and well-being in October we are hosting a number of events:

An author talk and workshop in partnership with AWAZ on 7 October where Anna Young will be talking about her experience of writing her first novel.

Friday 10 October is World Mental Health Day at Ilford Town Hall. There will be lots of activities including information stalls, free health checks, music and refreshments.

On Sunday 12 October Forest Farm Peace Garden welcome everyone to their annual Arts and Crafts Day featuring: wood carving; mosaic making; a drumming circle and freshly harvested lunch in the garden.

Does religion promote good mental health? Are religious people happier than others? Come along and find out on Tuesday 14 October when Dr Simon Dein will be talking about Religion and Mental Health.

And, on Wednesday 15 October in partnership with The Redbridge Arts Development Team and Waterstone's we will be holding an author event with Sathnam Sanghera who is an award winning journalist who now works for The Times.

Sathnam will be reading extracts from his new book part of which explores his discovery in his early twenties that his father and sister had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

To find out more and for booking details click here .

Alzheimer Cafe - Redbridge

For everyone interested or affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia, Dr Stephen O'Connor, Consultant Psychiatrist will be talking about: Different Types of Dementia and their Management

The event will be held on Tuesday 9th September 2008 from: 11am to 1pm in the Aldborough Room, Fullwell Cross Library, Barkingside IG6 2EA.

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

Paint The Town Red

'Paint the Town Red' is the title of our forthcoming art exhibition in partnership with thinkarts, to celebrate mental health and well-being.

The exhibition will run from the 6- 18 October at Central Library, Ilford

If you would like to exhibit please download our guidelines or alternatively contact thinkarts on 0844 600 1218 or Jon Abrams on 020 8925 2435.

Funding Opportunity - The City Bridge Trust

Improving the mental health of Londoners is an important investment in London's well-being and its future. Around one in five Londoners lives with a mental illness and people with mental health problems remain amongst the most marginalised groups in the UK.

The City Bridge Trust will fund the following:
* Work tackling depression amongst older people.
* Services specifically for children and young people and their families and carers.
* Work supporting homeless people, transient people and rough sleepers.
* Work with prisoners, ex-prisoners and others in contact with the Criminal Justice System.
* Work particularly around 'trauma' amongst refugee and asylum seekers.
* Resettlement support for people with mental health issues living independently or in supported accommodation.

You can read and download the guidelines here

Volunteers Needed for For Structured Recovery Programmes

Opportunities Offered:
* A Rewarding Role as a Structured Recovery Support Worker working in a Supportive and Caring Environment
* First Module Accredited: Listening skills (ASET Level 2)
* Second Module: Specialist training to help people overcome anxiety problems/phobias and maintain recovery.

Type of Person Sought:
* No Experience necessary.
* People with natural empathy and the ability to reflect on their own experiences.
* Living within reasonable distance and committed to undertaking a full 12 week training course (1 day per week).

Group Interviews Tuesday 9th September 2008 10am - 1pm. Course commences Tuesday 23rd September 2008 10am - 3pm

For an application form please phone: (020) 8262 8891 or email:

Composting Day and Autumnal Equinox Celebration - Sunday 21st September, 11-5pm

As August persists to cloak us in her grey sullen skies, it seems unjust that Summer will so soon give way to Autumn.........but the seasons will turn, the nights will draw in and the Peace Garden will once again be celebrating the Equinox in traditional style: a workshop, workday and communal feast from the garden (feel free to bring your own contribution too). From 11-1 we'll be experiencing the magic of compost, learning about leaf mold, manure & mulching and previewing the forthcoming compost toilet!

Gareth can be contacted via email at: Alternatively, please call him on 0791 308 9979

Age Concern Down But Not Out Report

"Depression is an illness that blights the lives of many older people. It is not "one of those things". It is not "what you can expect at your age". It is not an inevitable part of ageing. It is an illness that can be treated: if older people seek help, are diagnosed, and receive appropriate treatment.

The scandal is that for many older people this doesn't happen. Many do not seek help. For those who do, ageist attitudes among health professionals can prevent diagnosis. And for the lucky ones who are diagnosed, access to the full range of treatments may be denied because of their age." "Older people with depression deserve better."

To visit the Age Concern web pages for more information on the report and campaign click here.

Jon Abrams
Web Site Editor
Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
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Ilford, Essex, IG1 2LD
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