Mental Health Awareness Event for Kensington and Chelsea and Queen’s Park and Paddington residents
Wednesday 26 April, 12pm – 4.30pm at Tabernacle W11 2AY
What is Standing Together and who is it helping?
The Mental Health Foundation’s Standing Together Project aims to improve the emotional health and community connections of older people living in supported housing, as well as to reduce loneliness and isolation.
From late summer 2015, project staff have been facilitating weekly self-help groups for periods of six months, in retirement and extra care housing settings. The groups are for tenants who are experiencing memory loss, mental health issues, learning disabilities, and experience significant loneliness. The research team at the Foundation is evaluating the project. Funded by the Big Lottery for three years, it’s planned to facilitate up to 25 groups in four cohorts; building on our self-help and dementia pilot project.
This project is a partnership between the Mental Health Foundation and Housing & Care 21, a UK housing organisation providing social housing and support to people in later life, including people with dementia. They also now have a new partner in Notting Hill Housing.
Find out more information here
The Back on Track Carers Group will next meet on Tues 18 April from 11am to 1pm at Gloucester House, 194 Hammersmith Road, W6 7DJ.
The workshop aims to help carers manage the challenges that may arise from their caring role using a stress management approach with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles.
You can self-refer to the group by contacting the self-help line on 0208 483 2576 or by visiting http://www.backontrack.nhs.uk
Within 2 weeks you will then receive a call for an over the phone assessment. After this assessment, if it’s considered appropriate, you will be placed on the waiting list for the group.
Back on Track can also refer you onto other 2-hour workshops in their service that may be helpful – such as mindfulness, relaxation.
Subsequent Carers Group meetings will be:
18 July 2016, 12 – 2pm
17 Oct 2016, 12 – 2pm
16 Jan 2018, 12 – 2pm
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 (MHAW) will take place from 8-14 May 2017 with a theme of ‘surviving or thriving?’.
This year, rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, the focus will be on seeking to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health; because thriving is more than the absence of a mental health problem.
During the week of 8-14 May, the Mental Health Foundation will be producing a new report to highlight the numbers of us who feel stuck on ‘survive’.
They will be providing advice and insight into how we can build good mental health in the context of our work, our digital world, our parenting approach and in our communities.
The Mental Health Foundation will also be calling on the Government to do more to promote better mental health.
The Recovery Hub will be running a new Hammersmith & Fulham Carer Training Programme commencing on Wednesday 22 February 2017, from 1.30pm – 4pm at St Paul’s Training Centre, Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith W6 9PJ
The training next term will be in Hammersmith but is open to carers from other boroughs.
This is a seven week programme for Carers of people with mental health problems such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder & depression covering:
1. Overview of mental health problems, early warning signs and recovery
2. Medication and other treatments available
3. Enhancing communication with loved ones
4. Carers’ rights and the mental health system maze
5. Problems in caring and how to tackle them
6. Issues with drugs and alcohol and an overview of motivational interviewing
7. Promoting your own recovery and well-being
If you would like more information or to book a place on this training, please contact Alison Hoble at the Recovery College on 020 8483 1456