Wandsworth BME Mental Health Forum Newsletter
February 2017

Welcome to the Newsletter of the Wandsworth BME Mental Health Forum, where we publish updates in-between our bi-monthly meetings. We are a network of faith, community and voluntary sector groups and public agency representatives who meet throughout the year to share news and information on BME Mental Health in Wandsworth and beyond. We are action-orientated and seek with our partners to understand and emerge issues of concern and to build connections and collaborations to help address them. Once a year we host a Black Mental Health Conference as well as support and facilitate a number of ongoing community-led coproduction initiatives

Updates from the Forum 
Community health

A series of evening lectures sponsored by the Near Neighbours Programme from the Church Urban Fund looking at Faith, Community and Mental Health. The evenings will consist of a lecture from one of our esteemed guest speakers shown below followed by a shared meal.

All events will be held at Mushkill Aasaan from 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start

(Please click the image to book a place)
BME Mental Health Reports and Articles

Soul Loss: Three Causes
of Spiritual Illness

(For full report please click on the image)
Human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) has launched it's Top 30 list for 2016

(Please click the image to read the article)
BME Mental Health Events
Islam Based Psychotherapy
Date: 26th February 2017 - 1:30 to 4:30pm
Location: Muslim World League Office W1T 4LU

(For more information please contact nassir@wcen.org.uk)

Hearing Voices Network - a self-help group for Voice hearers

ALL WELCOME - It is a friendship group for anyone including people who hear voices / hallucinate / have disturbing belief systems / survivors of the psychiatric system.

(For more information for local groups please click on the image)

Mental health therapy for Muslims embraces religion
Muslims with mental health issues could be helped by re-embracing their beliefs and religious teachings, it is claimed.

(For full article please click on the image)
Migration, mental health and Black members

Impact of Brexit, mental health issues, immigration and austerity, London mayoral election and Black representation

(Please click the image to read the article)
Lifetimes New Training course for the Voluntary and Community Sector ‘Mental Health in the Community’

Dates until May 2017

(For more information please click on the image)
Career Cafe

South West London & St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust are hosting a series of Career Cafés, inviting members of the local community to come and speak to Trust staff about the diverse range of services they provide. 

(For more information please click on the image)

Following from HOBV 8 we look back to Devon Marston's story in the BBC Feb 2016

Mental health care for black men in England criticised

(Please click the image to read the article)

Working with faith groups to promote health and wellbeing

Report from the Local Government Association and Faith Action

( Please click the image to read the full report)


Canerows NEW information leaflet
which includes information on the various courses they will be running throughout the year as well as ward visits

(For more information please click the logo)

Autumn Rose Club reminiscing arts classes

for those suffering from dementia or memory loss, targeting those over 50

(For more information please click on the image)


Wandsworth Enterprise Week 2017

Starts: 6th March 2017
Ends: 11th march 2017

(For more information please click on the image)

Job Opportunity:  Hestia Recovery Cafe:

Team Manager 
Senior Support Worker

(For full job description please click on the title)

Hestia to Launch Recovery Cafe

Heista are really excited to announce that they will soon be delivering a Recovery Café in Tooting!  

(For more information please click on the image)
Dates of future meetings:

16 March
18 May
20 July
28 September
16 November  

Meetings start at 2:00pm and are held at Balham Library 16 Ramsden Rd, London SW12 8QY

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