Smile for Health!

South London and Maudsley (SLaM)’s Council of Governors are launching their fifth Bids Scheme on 8 April.

Open to all members of SLaM, the Smile for Health Bids Scheme is aimed at anybody who has an idea or project which would benefit at least three service users, but needs some funding to get it off the ground.

Via Matthew

SLaM Recovery College Spring/Summer 2014 Prospectus and Website

Dear All

We’re delighted to be able to launch the college with a spring/summer prospectus of 38 courses and workshops and a brand new website. Our unending thanks to all the many people who have offered their time, advice and expertise towards delivering this term.


We would very much appreciate it if you could spread the word about us in any way you think might help.

Many, many thanks

Tony Holmes

Operations Manager

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

1st Floor Admin | Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ

Telephone: 020 3228 2175

Mon 31 March @ The Dragon Cafe

Our creative theme of Journeys and Transitions arrives at its final week, and we will be celebrating in style! It is your last chance to get involved with the BookswapPlaying with Purpose at 2 pm and Teatime Tales at 3 pm are ending for now also. Looking forward, come and share ideas for future Film Works at 2 pm and hear about the Purple Ladiesupcoming workshops at 5.30 pm. In the evening we will be celebrating Mental Fight Club’s publishing partnership with Pavement Pounders on Transitions 3: A Journal of Crossings from 6.30 pm. Wonderful poetry, prose, music and song including a very special performance by Ben Okri, patron of Mental Fight Club. Definitely one not to miss!

FINAL Programme- Monday 31 March 2014


Transitions Invite - 27 March 2014

Predicting suicide attempts with electronic medical records

Approximately half of people who take their own life have previously made a suicide attempt. People who survive are therefore at high risk of ending their own life later.

A new project, led by Dr Rina Dutta at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London, will aim to predict who is most at risk, and when, by analysing data from electronic medical records. Identifying warning signs may then allow healthcare professionals to intervene before a serious suicide attempt is made.

The project, called e-HOST-IT (Electronic health records to predict HOspitalised Suicide attempts: Targeting Information Technology), is being led by Dr Dutta, from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the IoP at King’s. The funding was awarded by the Academy of Medical Sciences, as a Clinician Scientist Fellowship.

Dr Dutta will use data from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s anonymised electronic mental health records system, CRIS, developed by the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.

Dr Rina Dutta says: “What we know about why people make suicide attempts lags behind our understanding of other life-threatening problems.  One reason is stigma.  Studying risk factors in detail has also been difficult, because health records have been handwritten and kept in paper files.  Predicting who is most at risk and when is the riskiest time is a huge challenge.”

She adds: “The NHS aims to be paperless by 2018. Now is the ideal time to see whether warning signs of a serious suicide attempt could be picked up early using anonymised electronic medical records. These warning markers could be changes in symptoms, behaviours or healthcare service use, which happen before a suicide attempt.”

With help from Mind, Dr Dutta has actively involved patients in the design and planning of the research to ensure it is patient-centred. The aim of the project is that the information be used to help health professionals personalise care for people most at risk.  The long-term goal is that as professionals use the electronic records system in their day-to-day work, they will be directly alerted to high risk times for their patients.  Finally, Dr Dutta also aims to develop prevention strategies and self-management tools by feedback of patterns indicating risk to individual patients.

Via Bridget via


Self-Advocacy Training in April at CoolTan Arts



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1st Managing your Anxiety (Part 2) 11am-1pm
8th Meditation & Mindfulness for Wellbeing 11am-1pm
10th NSUN with Sarah Yiannoullou 2pm-4pm
15th Assertiveness Skills 11am-1pm
17th Peer-Mentoring Training & Employment Opportunities by Michael Hegarty from Employment Academy 2pm-4pm
22nd  Guest Speaker (watch this space!) 11am-1pm
29th Why train in Self Advocacy? What are the Benefits?  2pm-4pm


(Check website for possible additional training dates and changes to schedule!)

We are proud to have as Patrons: Maggi Hambling, Ali Smith, Clare Allan, Rosemary Shrager.

CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Rd London SE17 1JE T: 0207 701 2696 M: 0798 565 8443

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Registered charity number 1064231 Company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales reg


1st Managing your Anxiety (Part 2) 11am-1pm

Anxiety is something that affects all of us, some more than others. Come to learn ideas for how to live with anxiety and how to challenge your anxious thoughts. You don’t have to have attended part 1 of this session last month to attend. Everyone is welcome.

8th Meditation and Mindfulness for Wellbeing 11am-1pm

Mindfulness and meditation is a positive mind-body approach to well-being that can help you change the way you think. Whether you want to learn new techniques for coping with stress, anxiety, depression or improve your concentration, energy levels and enjoyment of life, mindfulness can be a very valuable tool. This class will help you get started.

10th NSUN with Sarah Yiannoullou 2pm-4pm

NSUN is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with mental health issues. It aims to inform and influence mental health policy makers and service providers. It also provides information,networkingopportunities and promotes self-management and peer-to-peersupport. Sarah will be letting you know more about the organisation and how you can join in.

15th Assertiveness Skills 11am-1pm

Assertiveness is often wrongly confused with aggression. This session will look at how to be neither passive nor aggressive, so you can say what you really need to say. We will help you think about how to develop your communication skills so you can articulate yourself in a more balanced way.

17th Peer-Mentoring Training, Mentor Opportunities & Employment Activities with Michael Hegarty of Employment Academy 2pm-4pm

The Employment Academy (EA) has helped thousands of unemployed and financially disadvantaged people find work. Martin Hegarty from the EA’s Employment & Resettlement Team will be here to talk about what is available to you and how you can improve your employment prospects.

22nd Guest Speaker 11am-1pm

Watch this space! Check the website for info or simply turn up and be surprised. Past talks have included how to save on energy bills, campaigning, and understanding the Mental Health Act.

29th Why train in Self Advocacy? What are the Benefits? 2pm-4pm                                                                  For people who are new to SA

Self Advocacy Training is for anyone experiencing forms of mental distress and would like to develop self confidence, assertiveness skills, awareness and knowledge about services available to them, including debt management, housing benefits and the Mental Health Act. This is an introduction to what you can expect from attending SA training.

Flyer here: Self-advocacy Schedule A5 flyer for APRIL 2014 – one sheet

Healthwatch Lewisham Sub Committee

Date: 16 Apr 2014 – 17:00

Location: Room 2 Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, Catford SE6 4RU

The first part of the meeting is held in public. You are very welcome.  Please let us know if you are able to attend for seating purposes.  contact Healthwatc Lewisham on 020 7998 7796

or email.

Via Matthew

Quality in Health and Social Care: A People’s Summit

Date: 29 Mar 2014 – 10:00 to 14:00

Location: Civic Suite, 1 Catford Road SE6 4RU

Lewisham CCG and Lewisham Healthwatch want to hear what quality means to you – come and join them for this important event. Health and social care providers will be listening to your views. They will provide you with information on how they monitor quality, and how you can stay informed in monitoring quality health and social care services in Lewisham. Its recommend you book early for this event, lunch will be provided and they can arrange transport if needed.

Call 0203 049 3202 or email

Via Matthew

Community Connections launch event

Date: 27 Mar 2014 – 12:00 to 15:00

Location: Civic Suite 1 Catford Road SE6 4RU

Community Connections is a project operated by a consortium of voluntary sector providers in Lewisham.  They support individuals to access services and to work with organisations to develop and improve services across the borough.

Marjorie Mayo, Emeritus Professor of Community Development, Goldsmiths, University of London will be speaking and there will be a special focus around Citizenship and Participation. Information, workshops and networking with a range of local community services in and around Lewisham!

Lunch will be provided.

Via Matthew

Lambeth Health and Wellbeing Board Meeting

Date: 30 Apr 2014 – 17:00 to 20:00

Location: Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

The Health and Wellbeing Board’s meetings, held 6pm-8pm, are open to the public and are preceded by an open meeting held 5pm-6pm.

The Board sets the overall direction for local health and care services, to ensure they are joined up and meet the needs of Lambeth residents. Members include Councillors and Council staff, the CEO of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and representatives from the CCG, NHS England and Healthwatch Lambeth.

Via Matthew

Healthwatch Lambeth public meeting

Date: 26 Mar 2014 – 17:00 to 19:00

Location: 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA

Come along to Healthwatch Lambeth public meeting to hear their plans for 2014-15 and talk to trustees and staff about how you can get involved in the key health and social care priorities we have identified.

Please contact them if you have any access requirements for this meeting eg transport or large print papers.

Via Matthew

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital patient engagement workshop

Date: 09 Apr 2014 – 17:00 to 19:00

Location: 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA

This workshop, hosted by Healthwatch Lambeth and Healthwatch Southwark, provides an opportunity to hear about the hospital’s plans to develop a Trust-wide approach to patient and public engagement. This is a chance to give your views on how the Trust can ensure a common approach to involving people across all of its services. The workshop will look in particular at:

– How patients and the public can be involved in shaping the Trust’s workforce through recruitment and training

– Reaching young people, carers, and seldom heard people including individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, refugees and asylum seekers, and those with English as an additional language

– Maximising involvement in Trust membership

– The role patients, carers and the public can take in designing and assessing the Trust’s services.

Please book online or call them to confirm your attendance, tel: 020 7274 8522. Please let them know if you have any access requirements.

Via Matthew

CV workshop

Hello everyone.

In response to the feedback from our successful Jobs and Skills month at Blackfriars Settlement Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, please find attached details of a CV writing workshop here April 8th.

CV writing workshop

Places are limited on this course so be quick if you or anyone you know is interested.

Bill Stewart

Service Coordinator Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Blackfriars Settlement – “Creating Opportunities”

Find out more about our graphic design studio


1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB

Telephone: 020 7928 9521  Fax: 020 7960 4628

Mobile: 0791 8088194

Find out more about what we can do for you:

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Talking about Talking therapies event


I hope this finds you well and that you have been able to enjoy some of the recent sunshine. We wanted to remind you about our next patient and public engagement event and invite you to join us and contribute to the discussions.

Talking about Talking Therapies

Following a review in 2013 it was found that there was not equal access to talking therapies for all Southwark residents. As a result the CCG are in the process of evolving a service specification for future talking therapies in Southwark and are seeking the views of local residents to inform its development. Further background details about why we are doing this and what patients have previously told us can be found on the Get Involved pages of the CCG website page.

To explore this with local people we are having an engagement event on 8 April to discuss the options. You can book for the engagement event online directly (or by contacting 020 7525 7888) and the full details can be seen on the flyer which is also attached here: Talking therapy event flyer April 2014.

If you are unable to attend this event but still want to contribute you can complete the online survey as well. You do not have to have used talking therapies in Southwark to be involved, we want to hear from local people to inform how future services can best meet the needs of as many people in Southwark as possible.

We would be very grateful if you could share this information, including the link to the online survey (, as widely as possible to enable as many different people to contribute as we can.

Kind regards

Membership, Engagement and Communications

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group

Postal Address: 1st Floor, Hub 5, PO Box 64529 London SE1P 5LX

Base: 160 Tooley St London SE1 2QH


Telephone: 020 7525 7888

Media: 020 3049 3333

Out of Hours Media07876 448 602

BMAG Meeting Dates 2014

Bromley Mind Action Group (BMAG) is a group to allow mental health service users of the Bromley Community Wellbeing Service to have a say and contribute to the development of the service.

Below is a list of all the planned BMAG 2014 meetings:

(All meetings happen on the first Friday of every month from 11:30am to 1:30pm)

If service users would like more information, please contact a member of the Community Wellbeing Services staff, a Peer Support Volunteer or contact Nathan Rendell telephone 020 8289 6872

Via Matthew

Mental Health Event – 11th March 2014

Matthew Mckenzie attended the South London and Maudsley Mental Health Act event, which was ran at the Maudsley Learning Ortus on the 11th of March 2014

The event focused on: jargon busting the MHA, Untangling the maze of confidentiality, grasping the nearest relative role, understanding the sectioning process, learning how to secure patient rights.

You can watch Matthew’s interesting and informative video blog here:

Matthew also took some great photos which you can see here:

Thank you for doing such a great job Matthew.