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Lewisham Mental Health and Wellbeing Day – 19th November 2013

Lewisham Mental Health and Wellbeing Day

Tuesday 19th November 2013 at the Civic Suite, Catford

This event was hosted by The Lewisham Mental Health Partnership Board (which includes NHS Lewisham CCG, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Lewisham Adult Services and London Borough of Lewisham).

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Stakeholder Event provided an opportunity for all ‘stakeholders’ i.e. people with an interest in mental health, to come together and discuss mental health service provision in Lewisham. Whether they were interested in finding out more about mental health, wanted to get involved in discussions about community mental health teams, or just to pop in to pick up a leaflet or even stay for the whole event.

Matthew has done great blogs of this event – an audio blog, a slideshow blog as well as taking photos.

You can find them all here:

Photos:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.639746872734749.1073741865.476820022360769&type=3

Slideshow blog:  http://youtu.be/0DEP4DlsPLw

Audio blog: 

Transcript of the blogs:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/186955832/Lewisham-Mental-Health-and-Wellbeing-Day-19th-November-2013

All well worth a look and a listen!


BROMLEY MIND: BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Bromley Mind are seeking two new Trustees to work with us to achieve our purpose of working alongside people with mental health needs and dementia to improve their quality of life.

Bromley Mind is a registered charity, established in January 2001, which provides community based Mental Health Services, psychological support for people with depression and anxiety and Dementia Care (through our specialist dementia arm, MindCare). Since 2011 we have provided services in the London Borough of Lewisham, as well as in Bromley, and we are currently consulting on proposals to change our name to ‘Bromley and Lewisham Mind’.

We are looking for applicants committed to our aims and values who:
• Live in or have strong connections to the London Borough of Lewisham
• Have direct personal experience of mental health problems or as the family carer of someone with dementia.
We would particularly welcome applications from people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

The Board meets 6 times a year, currently in central Bromley. We also like to draw upon Trustees’ knowledge and experience to support the Chief Executive & Senior Managers with specific projects. These positions are voluntary but expenses are reimbursed. Induction, training and support in the role are provided.

To be eligible to serve as a Trustee you should:
• Be a fully paid up member of Bromley Mind (details available at: http://www.bromleymind.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-member)
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Be able to make a commitment to attend Board Meetings (6 times a year) and to take part in the Board’s Annual Review Day
• Be willing to sit on one of the Board’s sub-committees (meeting 4-6 times a year)
• Be able to make a commitment to keep oneself well informed using information provided to Trustees
• Be able to attend relevant training and conferences
• Be prepared to serve on working groups and/or undertake a lead role appropriate to your skills and experience
• Not be disqualified under Charity or Company Law

If you are interested and would like an informal discussion about becoming a Bromley Mind Trustee please contact Ben Taylor, Chief Executive, Head Office, 5 Station Road, Orpington Kent BR6 0RZ, Telephone: 01689 811222, email: email@bromleymind.org.uk, or for more information, visit our website at http://www.bromleymind.org.uk

To apply for the role, please send a letter outlining your relevant experience and interest to the above address or email by Friday 6th September 2013.

The Role description can be downloaded below

Role description

PDF here: Trustee officers role description2

Bromley Mind is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from candidates with personal experience of mental health needs.

Via Matthew


New Mental Health Service for Lewisham

Mental health charity, Bromley Mind, launches a new service from 1st July. The Mind Community Support Service in Lewisham is focused on adults affected by mental health problems whose needs are most appropriately met outside of statutory mental health services.

The Mind Community Support Service in Lewisham will work with adults affected by mental health problems for up to six months.  It will support individuals to plan for the future given their personal interests and skills, develop life skills including managing finances and access support and new experiences in the local community.

Funders of the service (London Borough of Lewisham and Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group) have also announced that additional funding has been identified to expand the mental health support team.  As a result, the service can provide support to older adults as well as those aged 18-65.

The team of a Service Manager and six Mental Health Advisors will be based in central Lewisham.  Referrals from GPs, mental health and social care professionals are being accepted as of 1 July 2013.  Adults affected by mental health problems living in Lewisham or registered with a Lewisham GP can approach the service directly to request an assessment to find out if they qualify for support from the service.

For more information about the service, please contact Community Support Service Manager, Antonio Danzi at antonio.danzi@bromleymind.org.uk or 07734 857303.

 #RT via Matthew via http://brockleycentral.blogspot.co.uk

Bromley Mind launches new community mental health service in Lewisham

Mental health charity, Bromley Mind, is pleased to announce the launch of a new service, Mind Peer Support in Lewisham.  This service will provide activities, connections, opportunities and skills for anyone with a mental health problem living in Lewisham and develop community led groups to meet local needs.

Mind Peer Support in Lewisham is supported by the London Borough of Lewisham’s Communities that Care fund and the service currently provides a weekly reading and creative writing group every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm at Lee Green Community Centre.   Mind Peer Support in Lewisham is seeking more volunteers to help launch more groups.

Ben Taylor, Chief Executive of Bromley Mind said “It is amazing to see what can be done when people come together to find the local solutions to local needs. We are continuously inspired by the dedication of our Peer Support Volunteers.  We welcome more people to join us so that together we can provide more opportunities for individuals to access mental health support in Lewisham”.

In the current difficult economic climate, local mental health services are consistently under threat or change.  Mind Peer Support in Lewisham will provide a community led alternative for people seeking support and activities to lead fulfilling lives. This service sees anyone with a mental health problem develop skills as capable community leaders using their experience of mental health problems to support others.

Jim, one of the Peer Support Volunteers said, “Through becoming involved in Mind’s Peer Support in Lewisham and setting up the WordCraft Group, I have been supported to access skills that I never realised I had and regain the confidence my mental health problem took away from me.”

Mind Peer Support in Lewisham provides full training and support to individuals to set up a mental health activity group of their choice in Lewisham. Training sessions will commence on the, 29th April, and in early June.

For more information please contact Megan Jamison on 07850 639811 or megan.jamison@bromleymind.org.uk

#RT via SLaM e-News