Wandsworth BME Mental Health Forum Newsletter

June 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 
WCEN have been running a series of evening lectures sponsored by the Near Neighbours Programme looking at Faith, Community and Mental Health. These events have been well received and proved beneficial to both community and public agency staff who have participated. The next and final event will be on the 27 June 2017 at Mushkill Aasaan from 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. You would be very welcomed to join us.  Please click this link to register: https://fcmhlectures.eventbrite.com  Resources from the previous lectures can be accessed here: http://wcen.co.uk/faith-community-mental-health-lectures/
 
Local Mental Health Information:

RECOVERY CAFE OPEN DAY

The Recovery Cafe is a new service recently opened at 966 Garratt Lane, SW17 0ND . It has been commissioned by NHS Wandsworth and provided in partnership with SWLSTG.  Their aim is to support individuals in mental health crisis. They have an Open Day on  22 June 17 from 4pm-6pm: for local people to come and find out for about the service.

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HELP THROUGH HARDSHIP CRISIS CONFERENCE

We are pleased to invite you to the first of our Help through Hardship and Crisis conference, held in partnership with Citizens Advice Wandsworth, on Wednesday 26th July 1.00pm for a Networking Lunch and Conference 2.00pm-5.00pm at Springfield Hospital, Tooting.

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Mental Health Reports and Articles:

THE QUR'AN AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
An Introduction - an emotional and mental health resource developed by mental health professionals and practicing Muslims. Organised by Suffolk Mind

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THERESA MAY PLEDGES MENTAL HEALTH REVOLUTION WILL REDUCE DETENTIONS

Prime minister says new legislation is needed to end discrimination resulting from current Mental Health Act

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BLACK AND QUEER: MENTAL HEALTH IS BLUE, BLACK AND MULTI-COLOURED

Columnist Jason Okundaye shares his experiences of coping with mental health problems, and discusses how a marginalised identity can make this process harder

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 Other Events:

BIG LOCAL SW11 FALCON ROAD FESTIVAL
The Falcon Road Festival is a not-for-profit annual celebration of residents and businesses centred on Falcon Road, Battersea. The event starts from 12noon - 9.00pm on the 1st July 2017 

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EXPLORING THE SUPPORT NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM
Healthwatch Wandsworth is currently doing a consultation for people with autism, their parents, carers, support workers, and the organisations that work with them, to share with their views on what can be done locally to improve support for people with autism.
For more information, and to take part, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/hww-autism-survey
The closing date for responses to this consultation is Thursday 22 June 2017

AUTUMN ROSE CLUB REMINISCING ARTS CLASSES
For those suffering from dementia or memory loss, targeting those over 50

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INTRODUCTORY COUNSELLING SKILLS FOR CHURCH LEADERS

This event will give you further insight into the world of counselling within the Church setting. It is a free special event to further equip all looking after the psychological needs of those who are members of the church.

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SECRETARY OF STATE FOR HEALTH JEREMY HUNT ON MENTAL HEALTH


Jeremy Hunt told Andrew Marr that he wanted to stop people "losing their jobs" and facing "discrimination" over mental health issues.

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THRIVE LONDON: IMPROVING LONDONER'S MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Thrive London is a citywide movement for mental health, supported by the Mayor of London and the London Health Board. Follow Thrive London on https://twitter.com/@ThriveLDN Twitter for the latest updates.

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BATCA COMMUNITY FUN DAY 2017

BATCA will be uniting our community and celebrating our diversity, From 12noon – 5pm Saturday 15 July 2017, Broadwater Road, Tooting, London SW17 0EU.

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WANDSWORTH CARERS CENTRE are relaunching their Companionship Scheme for carers and are advertising for a Companionship Service Volunteer. This role is about supporting the diverse needs of the local community as there have been several requests for companions who speak languages other than English. This gives people who are mainly housebound the opportunity to have a chat with someone outside their immediate circle - which is really important in reducing any feelings of being isolated.


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NEW SERVICE LINE STRUCTURES (SLM)

South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust has moved into a new service line management (SLM) structure.
The principle objectives they aim to deliver through SLM are: Leadership by clinicians: driving improvement to patient care Quality-focused healthcare: delivering better services for every patient Greater efficiency and productivity: guaranteeing good value for money Devolved decision-making: judgements made by their best health professionals

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GENERAL ELECTION 2017: CONSERVATIVES PLEDGE TO END MENTAL HEALTH 'INJUSTICE'

The 1983 Mental Health Act would be replaced with new laws tackling "unnecessary detention" under Tory plans for England and Wales.

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WANDSWORTH FOODBANK 

To improve mental health, politicians must start with the benefits system
Depression and anxiety haunt the people who use food banks. There needs to be safety net to support people in poverty and not penalise them


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MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION ON THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY MANIFESTO 

Now that the Conservative Party have won the recent General Election, here is a reminder of what they promised on Mental Health:

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BEND SO YOU DON'T BREAK - MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING DISCUSSION
Wednesday 21st June 2017
6.00pm – 8.30pm
Black Cultural Archives, Brixton


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Dates of future meetings:


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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