Posted: July 30, 2014 Filed under: Carers | Tags: A Skills Workshop for Family Carers, Clinical Psychologist, Eating Disorders & Carers, Family Carers' Workshop, mental health illness, MINDFULNESS AND MINDING-LESS, Skills Workshop, Training
I have attached details of a Family Carers’ Workshop that Andre Geel and I are running on Saturday 11th October as outlined below. Please do pass this on to anyone who you think would be interested in attending. This workshop is for any family member looking after someone with a mental health illness. Many thanks. Best wishes Veronica
“MINDFULNESS AND MINDING-LESS”
A Skills Workshop for Family Carers
Andre Geel – Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Veronica Kamerling – Experienced Carer – Trainer
Saturday 11th October 2014
Registration: 09.00am Start: 0930 Finish: 16.30
The Fitzrovia Room, Park Crescent Conference Centre,
International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street London, W1W 5PN
Cost: £63.00 per person to include morning tea and coffee
BOOKING FORM FOR THE CARERS WORKSHOP SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER 2014
WORKSHOP FLYER FOR MINDFULNESS – MIND-LESS with Andre Geel 11th October…
Eating Disorders & Carers
07733 260 475
Posted: July 30, 2014 Filed under: ESA, DLA, PIP & Universal Credit | Tags: benefits, Department of Work and Pensions, DWP, Job Seeker Sanction Advice
A new website run by “a small network of 3 disgruntled ex- Department of Work and Pensions civil servants”, featuring advice on how to foil sanctions.
Via Boycott Workfare
Posted: July 25, 2014 Filed under: Arts, Southwark | Tags: Art Space, boxing works, Exhibition, Garden Works, massage works, Mental Health, mind works, Mon 28th July at The Dragon Café, on & off open mic, photo works, research, SLaM, The Dragon Cafe's
Create, Relate and Celebrate
Join us for a final Monday before we take a Summer break at the mid-point of The Dragon Cafe’s second year. Our Summer Medley will ensure there is music and movement through the day, but we also have opportunities to look closer at mental health care in Southwark with SLaM Presents at 2 pm, and developments in biomedical approaches in Research Works at 2.30 pm. In the evening you can get moving with VivArtista at 6.15 pm and a ‘flashmob’ style performance then join our Dragon for dance, drumming and celebration from 7 pm. Vive The Dragon Café!
PLEASE NOTE: we will be closed through August returning on Monday 1st September.
Posted: July 24, 2014 Filed under: Carers, Events | Tags: “Living with an Eating Disorder”, Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders & Carers, National Carers Conference
Please find attached details of the National Carers’ Conference in Eating Disorders as outlined below. Please do pass this on to anyone who you think would be interested in attending. Many thanks. Best wishes Veronica
Booking form for National Carers’ Conference 22.7.14
National Carers Conference in Eating Disorders 22.7.14
National Carers Conference in Eating Disorders
Sponsored by Ellern Mede Ridgeway
on Friday 21st November 2014
Professor Janet Treasure OBE and Gill Todd RMN, MSc,
invite you to a day discussing
“Living with an Eating Disorder”
Eating Disorders & Carers
07733 260 475
Posted: July 23, 2014 Filed under: News | Tags: Alice Glover, Mood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG, Patient & Public Involvement Lead, SLaM advisory groups, SLaM updates about service user / carer involvement
Please find attached our ‘new look’ summaries about how 2 of the SLaM advisory groups are working with staff to improve services. The summaries are 2 sides of A4 now, so longer, but hopefully look more appealing to read.
MAP CAG advisory group summary newsletter July 2014
psychological medicine advisory group summary newsletter july 2014
Please distribute as appropriate and let me know if you would like paper copies to share with anyone interested.
With best wishes,
Patient & Public Involvement Lead – Mood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 020 3228 0959
113 Denmark Hill |The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ
Posted: July 23, 2014 Filed under: Arts, Southwark | Tags: Art2Print, Blackfriars Settlement, Creative, Fun, Image Making course, Mental Health, mental health and wellbeing service, Opportunity, recovering, Training, vibrant Graphics training
Join our creative, fun and vibrant Graphics training department and discover your creative side
Please find attached details of our brand new Image Making course taster session on Thursday July 24th. These courses are for people recovering from mental health problems and cost only £20 a session for people with a personal budget. The course proper begins July 29th and runs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for 5 weeks. Students completing the Image Making course at Blackfriars MHWBS have joined our Art2print social enterprise to get hands on work experience of being in a design team. Others have accessed full-time courses. It has helped nearly all to boost their confidence, “ It gave me inspiration to be creative and not to be afraid to try new things”.
Image making 2
Discover your creative side!
Service Coordinator Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
Blackfriars Settlement – “Creating Opportunities”
Find out more about our graphic design studio www.art2printstudio.co.uk
1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB
Telephone: 020 7928 9521 Fax: 020 7960 4628
Find out more about what we can do for you:
Follow us on Twitter: @BlackfriarsSett
Like us on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/BFSface
Posted: July 19, 2014 Filed under: Lewisham, News | Tags: Big Lottery Fund’s, Councillor Paul Maslin, HealthWatch lewisham, lewisham, Lewisham Council, Lyn Cole, mental health issues, mental health project, Mental health scheme, motional support, school pupils in London, stigma, The HeadStart programme
A new mental health project will help school pupils in London to deal with their problems and worries after receiving a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s £75m HeadStart programme.
The development funding means that pupils in Lewisham will take part in a pilot project in the new school year. The local partnership will use this pilot to work up long term plans that could benefit from a multi-million pound share of HeadStart funding.
A previous YouGov survey for the Big Lottery Fundrevealed that 45 per cent of children aged 10-14 have reported being unable to sleep because of stress or worry, with fifty nine per cent saying they feel worried or sad at least once a week. However, only around 25 per cent of young people needing treatment for mental health problems actually receive it and usually only once they reach 18.
The HeadStart programme aims to develop ways of dealing with mental health issues before they become deep-rooted problems. Focussing primarily on schools, the HeadStart partners will offer a range of approaches, including peer mentoring, mental health ‘first aid’ training, online portals and special resilience lessons helping pupils aged 10-14 feel they have support at in the classroom as well as at home and tackling the stigma that can often surround the issues of mental health.
Lyn Cole, Deputy England Director of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “We know that around three young people in every classroom suffer from a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder and this is a desperately sad situation. HeadStart is all about catching our young people before they fall into a trap of mental and emotional turmoil that may affect them all though their lives. This development funding means that children in Lewisham will play an important role in helping other young people get emotional support at a key stage in their lives.”
Councillor Paul Maslin, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Lewisham Council, said: “We are very excited to be part of this pilot project. Making the journey from teenager to adulthood is an important stage in young people’s lives and some will find it easier than others. So it’s important that where we can, we build mental and emotional resilience in those young people who may find the journey more difficult. I look forward to seeing the results of this project and how the involvement of young people in Lewisham has contributed to this important initiative.”
For more information about HeadStart you can contact Healthwatch Lewisham at www.healthwatchlewisham.co.uk or email@example.com
Community Engagement Officer
Voluntary Action Lewisham
St. Laurence Community Centre
31 – 37 Bromley Road
Catford, London SE6 2TS
Posted: July 18, 2014 Filed under: Arts, Events | Tags: community organisations, mental health needs, mental health professionals, music and media programme, musics, Raw Sounds summer event, Well-being
Join Raw Material as we celebrate the end of another term of Raw Sounds, our music and media programme for people with mental health needs, and see the positive impact music has on wellbeing. We also invite local mental health professionals and community organisations to visit our music and education facilities, and hear about our work.
Raw Sounds contributes to the wellbeing of the community by providing opportunities for young people experiencing mental health issues to express their creativity. Making music improves wellbeing through developing confidence, being creative and connecting with other people.
If you work with someone with mental health needs and would like to refer them to our programme, please contact us. Our next term begins on September 25th.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0207 737 6103
Posted: July 17, 2014 Filed under: Resources | Tags: community events, launch of the Wheel of Well-being website, research, SLaM, South London and Maudlsey NHS, Well-being, Wellbeing and Mental Health, WheelOfWellbeing.org
|Friday the 11th of July 2014 marked the launch of the Wheel of Well-being website.More and more research is showing us how certain positive actions can improve our mood, reduce risk of depression, strengthen our relationships, keep us healthy and even add seven years to our lives.
The Wheel of Well-being (WoW) is a simple framework that translates this research into positive practice. At the heart of the Wheel of Well-being is the WoW website, a practical collection of free tips, tools, activities and ideas – from a DIY Happiness game to promote well-being at community events, to a Happier at Work programme to improve well-being in the workplace.
“Well-being is about a positive state of mind and body, feeling safe and able to cope, and having a sense of connection with those around us. A focus on well-being can bring positive benefits for people and places. The Wheel of Well-being is a welcome tool which offers helpful tips and practical assistance to individuals, families and communities seeking to improve well-being.”
Gregor Henderson, Director of Wellbeing and Mental Health,
Public Health England
|The website is divided into three sections:
|For people to contribute well-being tips and places, create their own well-being checklist and track their personal progress.
|For people working in the public, private or voluntary sector, to explore free practical tools and ideas for improving well-being in organisations, workplaces and local communities.
|For people involved in policy development and local government, to develop a well-being strategy. This section is a work-in-progress.Wheelofwellbeing.org is the result of an innovative, on-going partnership between the mental health promotion team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and strategic design consultancy Uscreates, who have been working together since 2008 to develop new ways to promote mental health and well-being across London.
Enjoy exploring the website! We welcome any feedback or enquiries on email@example.com.
|Copyright © 2014 South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, All rights reserved.
Join us at the launch of the Wheel of Wellbeing!Our mailing address is:
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
London, EnglandSE5 8AZ
Posted: July 17, 2014 Filed under: Lewisham | Tags: clinicians, community healthcare, community healthcare in Lewisham, community palliative care, Disabled, district nurses, GPs, Lewisham Healthwatch, Lewisham Hospital, NHS, pharmacists, Service Users, St. Laurence Community Centre, Voluntary Action Lewisham, voluntary sector
The best community healthcare is delivered by well trained and well paid staff, who are well supported and who have the time to offer patient centred services, concluded an inquiry into community healthcare in Lewisham.
It is also holistic, taking into account many aspects of the patient’s life and health. Central to successful delivery is cooperation between services, the voluntary sector and the community.
An Appreciative Inquiry was held on Saturday 28th of June to look at what excellent care looks like.
Lewisham Hospital having been secured and now operating within the new Trust – the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign with Lewisham Healthwatch have been researching examples of excellent and good community care with the aim of supporting the best in and out of hospital care in the borough.
Over 100 stories had been gathered from users, clinicians and managers to find out from people’s personal experience what are the key features, the magic ingredients that make good community healthcare so valuable.
Four of those stories were used to kick start the day and with the imaginations of attendees they then shared their own stories and identified what had made them positive experiences.
“I have had a long and difficult journey from being a fit and vigorous man in middle age to being a wheelchair user. My GP’s medical support and emotional support have been fantastic.”
“Straight to the hospital,” “I could tell her anything.”
“Took the time to accept my worries.”
“Extraordinary skill, a few metres from my house.”
“It made me realise that it is not stigmatising to be depressed and it helped empower me to take control of my own life again.”
Life can never be taken for granted. Anyone can become sick or disabled and in need of care and support at any time. At these periods of crisis and stress, NHS services become a vital part of managing, if not of survival. Aside from hospital provision, this includes district nurses, community palliative care, pharmacists, GPs and many, many other services.
Organiser Carolyn Emanuel said :
‘At a time when politicians are looking at ways to join up hospital and community care the findings from this event will form a significant way of highlighting the best standards of practice, which we hope will be included in any future models of delivery.’
“I have severe learning difficulties and autism. All the staff at the surgery are brilliant. We always get an appointment on demand. They’re completely tolerant of challenging behaviour and don’t keep us hanging around.
“Kindness, non-judgmental approach.” Looking at the positives, highlight the strengths”
“Different parts of the NHS talked with each other. Joined-up care.
Everyone was briefed.”
“Very happy with carer. Was a bit shy at first but got to know her.”
“I am much calmer in the knowledge that I am seeing the same practitioner who knows me personally and reviews my epilepsy more regularly.”
“This helped me to stay in my managerial and caring role without losing time or money. I come from so far I would have had to take a whole day out just for a doctor’s appointment.”
Common to all the stories was staff having the time to deliver excellent care. That time enabled them to listen to and understand the patient and their needs, create a smooth pathway between services and empower the patient to manage their own health.
The gathering then identified a series of practical actions to make these recommendations a reality –
- a public education programme to help people understand and get involved with the design of local health strategy and policy;
- identifying ways to make sure NHS staff are involved in all decisions about the delivery of community healthcare; and
- making sure the voluntary sector is represented in the right places to promote a joined up health and social care strategy.
- A challenge to the NHS on the Private Finance Initiative, a mortgage on NHS property which is draining our NHS of cash which goes to private corporations.
- Harnessing new media to improve health, specifically for young people, but extended to anyone.
Miriam Long, manager of Healthwatch Lewisham, said:
“This was a great way to end the evidence gathering stage of the inquiry. It was a vibrant event with some great outcomes.”
“The next stage is to write the report and a plan of action that will be discussed with commissioners. The involvement of so many people has meant we’ll be able to tell them a compelling story.”
The plan of action will be discussed at the next Healthwatch Lewisham Reference Group meeting. It will take place from 10.30am to 2pm on Tuesday 29 July in the Council Chambers, Civic Suite, Catford. All welcome book your place here.
In preparation. We would like anyone who has had a good experience of community healthcare in Lewisham to tell us about it. In preparation, we would welcome more submissions of your positive stories. Please write in to the Save Lewisham Hospital website at http://www.savelewishamhospital.com/community-care-survey/ or call Healthwatch Lewisham on 020 7998 7796.
Community Engagement Officer
Voluntary Action Lewisham
St. Laurence Community Centre
31 – 37 Bromley Road
Catford, London SE6 2TS
Posted: July 17, 2014 Filed under: Southwark | Tags: crossways, Learning disabilities, mental health challenges., Three Cs MaxOut Southwark, Three Cs Support
On the 9th July 2014, Three Cs launched MaxOut Southwark at Crossways.
MaxOut Southwark is our new web app that links you with mental health news and activities in Southwark. Please try it out for yourself at www.maxoutsouthwark.com and let us know what you think.
We are also happy to talk to people interested in Three Cs developing similar apps in London boroughs for people with learning disabilities or mental health challenges.
Jo Clare Chief Executive
Three Cs Support I 3rd Floor, Norman House I 110 – 114 Norman Road I Greenwich I London SE10 9QJ