Wandsworth BME Mental Health Forum Newsletter
January 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

Healing Our Broken Village 8 Video is now LIVE!

Film, report and pledges from the 8th Black Mental Health Conference held on 27 October 2016 

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BME Mental Health Reports and Articles

Taser death of man in need of mental health care reinforces community consensus that policing has no place in mental health care

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A very interesting presentation which talks about Revised Mental Health featuring Akala 

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BME Mental Health Events
Date: 8 February 2017 - 10:00 to 15:00 
Location: Tooting United Reformed Church, Rookstone Road, SW17 9NQ


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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.

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Report of the inquiry into adult mental health services in England 

Social model of mental health needs equal footing with medical model parliamentary report states

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There are concerns over the discrimination against black people of African descent by mental health services

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Lifetimes New Training course for the Voluntary and Community Sector ‘Mental Health in the Community’

Dates throughout February 

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Share Plant Sale and Health Living Day

Starts: Sat, 20/05/2017 - 10:30
Ends: Sat, 20/05/2017 - 17:00

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Time to close down locked wards? Risks of suicide and absconding not reduced in locked wards

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Mental health & stigma in the Muslim community

An interesting article written by Qari Muhammad Asim Imam

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Black and dangerous? Patient experiences of mental health services in London

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 Free Singing Sessions for Carers with Denise Broad of the Great Gustos
Join a free singing session at Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, Balham office on 10th January 2017 from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

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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. 

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Dates of future meetings:

19 January
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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