Wandsworth BME Mental Health Forum Newsletter

May 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. So far these events have been well received and hugely beneficial to public agency staff and the community. The next event will be on the 23 May 2017 at Mushkill Aasaan from 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. To register please click the link: https://fcmhlectures.eventbrite.com
Links to Adult Social Care Factsheets:
These new factsheets explain how care and support works in Wandsworth in line with the Care Act, including information about new duties to support carers, provide independent advocacy and more.

Wandsworth Council Facts Sheets


Re-arranged Help Through Hardship Crisis Conference to Weds 26th July 1-5pm

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BME Mental Health Reports and Articles:
Minster for policing acknowledges BMH UK's work in announcement on new Taser

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Diabetes, mental health and over medication 

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BME Mental Health Events:
A black mental health service ( A dry run)

A series of empowerment workshops  a template for 'a for for purpose' African Caribbean centred mental health and emotional health service

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Autumn Rose Club reminiscing arts classes

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

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FS 12. Care and support - what to expect

FS 6. Support for carers

Information on respite from Wandsworth Cares Centre: 
Respite leaflet for carers in use

Two recovery cafes have opened in Wimbledon and Tooting to support adults in mental health crises

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Human rights watchdog accused of ‘race omission’ in detention deaths report

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'The grief can damage your mental health'

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Youth council raises questions about mental health

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Socialeyes (South London Mental Health Peer Support Group)
A new peer-support group for people directly or indirectly affected by mental health. A relaxed and non-judgemental meet up group to talk, socialise and meet new people!

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Mental Health in the Community
After several sold-out sessions in 2016, Lifetimes popular new training course for the Voluntary and Community Sector is back with course dates available until May 2017.
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Equality and Diversity Strategy:
Handouts from Izzie Kpodie on the SWLSTG Equality and Diversity strategy:

Dr. Dawn Edge speaking at our Faith, Community and Mental Health Lecture Series

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Duke and Duchess surprise Radio 1 DJ as part of mental health campaign

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‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health

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Can yoga and breathing really help 'cure' depression?

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The fourth annual Walking out of Darkness event to highlight the stigma and discrimination faced by those experiencing mental illness takes place on May 13 in Battersea Park.

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A2i Dyslexia course

Memory Techniques a tool - box for successful living with dyslexia

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Dates of future meetings:

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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