Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin – June 2014

Dear All,

Hope everyone is well!  As usual our monthly communication -The Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin can be viewed at

This month has a range a goodies ! lots of free training like mental health first aid , wellbeing awards and specific info around issues of mental health.

Hope it is helpful!

Highlights of the e-bulletin see below:


Events & Training

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA):17 & 19 June  The Garden Room   Woodlawns Centre, 16 Leigham Court Road SW16 2PJ

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA): :15 & 16 July  The Garden Room  Woodlawns Centre, 16 Leigham Court Road SW16 2PJ

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (YMHFA):17 June & 18 June:Blackfriar’s Settlement Rushworth Street SE1 0RB
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (YMHFA) 8 & 10 July The Garden Room Woodlawns Centre, 16 Leigham Court Road SW16 2PJ

Please, for bookings email to Swan, Carolyn []

        STORM -Suicide prevention Training:
1. Mon 21st & Tues 22nd July 2014 –
2.  Mon 11th & Tues 12th Aug 2014
3. Tues 6th & Weds 7th Jan 2015
4. Mon 16th & Tues 17th Feb 2015
All course will be delivered at 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2Q

Last but not least

  •   First Aid – opportunity to train to be an instructor!!!!!

Lambeth and Southwark Public Health directorate wish to increase capacity to deliver MHFA courses to the voluntary sector and direct to residents. We will pay for two instructors to be trained from the VCS in Lambeth and/or Southwark. You’ll learn how to teach people to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial help and guide a person to professional help. See

To register your interest please email or ring 020 7525 7530 to find out more.

Funding/ Awards:

Our the 2014 Award scheme,The Lambeth and Southwark -Wellbeing Network -Wellbeing Award Scheme has been extended till 31th July 2014.Please, complete and return the attached form on or before 31th July, 2014.Anamaria Florin, Telephone: 0207525-0272 –

The London Community Foundation Grants Update
Applications for grants Small (up to £500) and Large (up to £2,000) for activities in Black History Month October 2014


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’

Best wishes,


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


Latest Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin

Dear All,
The latest Public Health Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin is now available with lots of  news, grants, evidence and events.

We hope you find it useful, helpful and do not forget that keep us inform of your activities or even comments!!!!!
To give a flavour of what is avalailbe to you:
* Lambeth well being and happiness info regarding grants and Warm Well Winter small grants.
* Evidence on the effect of loneliness and social isolation!
*  Lambeth safeguarding training for staff and more….
* MHFA/Mental health first aid training for workers in Southwark and Lambeth
* Invite to: ‘Maintaing wellbeing in Difficult times’ theme of next Lambeth & Southwark Network Meeting on the 11th Nov at cinema Museum

much more…
However still more goodies…….yes an invitation to our next Brixton Reel Film Festival programme. Please, extend the invitation with your community, network and colleagues, don’t delay to reserve your tickets!!!  by the way, the uptake has been positive!

do not forget to keep me informed of your good work that you need to share with others so I can publish it on the blog.

please, visit:

Best wishes,

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

SLaM mental health service user and carer advisory group (MAP) – summary of discussions – May 2013

Hello all,

The departments that manage the services at South London & Maudsely NHS Foundation Trust have ‘advisory groups’ where service users and carers come together to advise on and discuss developments.   The Mood Anxiety and Personality Disorder department advisory group produces a brief summary of their discussions.  The purpose  is to let interested people know what is being discussed.  Please circulate as appropriate.

Briefing Sheet May 2013

With best wishes,


Alice Glover

Patient & Public Involvement LeadMood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
email: tel: 020 3228 0959
113 Denmark Hill |The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ

Key points from May Meeting:

1)    Eight service user/carer consultants were present at the May meeting, plus the Deputy Director and the Public & Patient Involvement Lead.

2)    Following up from the last meeting, we have asked to find out about the communications and engagement plan around the proposed merger between

SLaM, Kings and Guys and St.Thomas’s. We were also glad to hear that senior staff would be taking a ‘lead’ role to improve the communications across the services within each borough.

3)    6 members met to discuss how service/carer user consultants can be better supported in their work. Some suggestions included using the Wellbeing Recovery Action Plan, peer support and mental health first aid training. Their ideas will be shared with the Psychological Medicine Advisory Group and with the staff working on improvements to the involvement register.

4)    Members of the group identified particular areas of interest – community mental health teams, work on the personality disorder pathway and work on the bi-polar disorder pathway.

5)    2 members fed back about the work they are doing to understand people’s experience of the reception areas in community mental health settings. They are making unannounced visits to reception areas and observing how staff interact with service users, how much information is available and how the physical environment can impact on peoples experience. When finished they will produce a report and work with staff on action planning.

6)    2 members will join a group working on the personality disorder pathway. In an initial meeting with the chair of this group they discussed experience of diagnosis, stigma, lack of information for staff and service users, available and future treatments and the link with education in maintaining wellbeing. The advisory group acknowledges the need to engage a wider group of stakeholders in this work as it progresses.

7)    We heard about the focus groups being organised by the psychological therapies service user experience working group. This is to gain wider feedback on some quality indicators that have been drafted. A member fed back about an internal review of progress of the newly reconfigured Integrated Psychological Therapy Teams.

8) We heard about the work that SLaM is doing to set priorities under a new ‘Equalities Delivery System’.