Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin – August 2014

Dear All,

Hope everyone is well!  This is our summer communication.  Obviously, trust that you manage to take advantage of the lovely weather and take good care of your wellbeing!

So I won’t bore you with much details  as usual visit  our ebulleting  at   The Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin

Among the highlights are:

* The Big White Wall is now avail free for Southwark residents


* The launch of the new website with tools for individuals and comunities- everything about wellbeing! do visit and play, you won’t be dissapointed!   Why well-being matters More and more research is showing us how certain actions, activities and practices can improve our moods, reduce the risk of depression, strengthen relationships, keep us healthy and even add seven years to our lives. We think people need to know more about this, so we have designed a website to spread the word.

Both the Wheel of Well-being and this website are the result of a design collaboration between the Mental Health Promotion Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Uscreates, a strategic consultancy delivering social value.


* The Social Determinants of Mental Health Report.

Cyberbullying report from EU Kids Online

The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health


……all that maybe for a summer reading ????


* Grant funding opportunities………

* Advice for parents in Lambeth regarding available activities for young people

much, much more to find out……

*  CALL TO ARTISTS: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION by Sharp, 0203 228 7050 or,07790 807 314

                       * STORM course a free certified suicide prevention training particular helpful those people who work with people ‘at risk’.

contact :Craig, Claudia-


Happy summer!



Anamaria Florin, MRSH
Mental Wellbeing Officer
Lambeth and Southwark Public Health

    Tel: 020 7525 0272

Location Address:
160 Tooley St, Hub 2 First Floor, London SE1 2QH

Postal Address:
PO Box 64529, London, SE1P 5HY
My workdays are Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday





We would like to encourage you that within your wellbeing work/ activities to measure wellbeing by using the short Warwick Edinburgh scale. Please, visit for details :

By the way, it may be helpful to have handy the working definiton of wellbeing is  (locally agreed): ‘to feel positive about the present, feeling hopeful about the future; feeling confident about being able to handle life’s stresses and problems; and feeling that mostly life is fulfilled and rewarding’

Why Mindfulness now :

Depression Awareness Week 26th April – 3rd May 2014

Matthew Mckenzie has done a video to raise awareness about depression for this important week.


It is very informative and well worth a watch.


Thank you for doing this Matthew.

Belief kill & Belief Cure Part2-Youth wellbeing conference 26th March 3pm 2014

Belief kill & Belief Cure Part2-Youth wellbeing conference 26th March 3pm 2014

HearUs Croydon – Meeting on 4th March 2014

Hear Us Croydon held their open forum meeting on the 4th of March over at the CVA Resource Centre.  At this meeting there were guest speakers:

Caroline McDonald on Personal Budgets in Mental Health and Julie Turner on Direct Payments.

The Main Topic was on the Depression and Bipolar Disorder Focus Group with guest speakers Alice Glover, Dr Karine Macritchie and Vanessa Bray.

Matthew Mckenzie has done a great video blog of the meeting:

Matthew has also done an audio blog:

These are well worth watching and listening to!

Matthew has also uploaded some great photos to our Facebook page:

Hear Us Open Forum Meeting held on 4 March 2014

Matthew has done a audio blog of this meeting.

The theme was “Are you affected by bipolar or depression?”.


Are British students too stigmatised to speak out on mental health?

After University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day recently, we review the Priory’s shocking survey statistics

The survey, which collated information from 18 universities, found that one in four students with mental health issues were not comfortable talking about their problems to friends.  Though the awareness day yesterday received plenty of media attention and support through social media from people all round the world, the societal stigma which plagues those who suffer with mental health problems will not be alleviated overnight.

The survey suggests that almost half of those who opened up about their illness have experienced a negative response – half of the first years who completed the survey said that they had been treated differently by peers after revealing their struggle with mental health issues.  Worryingly enough, 16% of the country’s students genuinely believed that they had lost friends and acquaintances as a result of admitting to their mental health problems.  This contradicts entirely from the experience of friends, as 75% of the respondents who noted that they had a friend with mental health problems did, in fact believe that they were being supportive.

Though universities nationwide are doing more every year to support students suffering from mental health issues, 86.5% of those surveyed who had been diagnosed with a mental health problem claimed that they didn’t think that schools and universities provided them with adequate support or doing enough to help them.  Dr David Kingsley, Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist at Priory’s Cheadle Royal Hospital noted that “mental health problems are surprisingly common in students, including depression, self-harm, anxiety disorders and eating disorders”, and that university was a potential trigger – “as this is often the first time that they have been away from home, they can feel isolated and unable to access support for their difficulties”.  Even if the support is there, the social stigma of admitting to having mental health difficulties can be enough to dissuade students from seeking the support they need. Dr Kingsley went on to suggest that “it is important […] that universities and colleges help other students to understand mental health issues better, so that students can access the support they need from their peers and their difficulties aren’t compounded by an experience of misunderstanding or prejudice from their friends”.

For the full report visit:

“People still think that it’s shameful if they have a mental illness. They think it shows personal weakness. They think it shows a failing.”

How to end the stigma and talk about mental health: