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Revival Café

The Revival Community Music Café was opened in August by Mind in Bexley and offers good quality direct trade coffee, homemade Gluten Free cakes as well as a selection of drinks, sandwiches and snacks. The Café can also cater for events and business lunches.

We are working hard to ensure that Revival will become a local community hub hosting events such as a recent coffee morning raising money for Macmillan cancer support.

We are also offering local people recovering from mental health issues opportunities to gain skills and work experience.  The space is also available for local groups to meet, from breastfeeding or book clubs to knitting or art and we’d love to hear from established or new DJ’s wanting to spin some of their own vinyl.  So please, enjoy our café, give us feedback and spread the word!

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Halloween Event

BOO !!!! Come and join us at the Revival Community Music Café on Monday 31st October for some hubble-bubble-toil-and-trouble Halloween fun !!

Mums : bring the little’uns along for apple-bobbing, goo-grappling and other spooktacularly fiendish fun and games.  All welcome.

We will be open from 10am to 4pm with music playing – think “Thriller” “Ghostbusters” and more !!

As always, you can buy our fabulous speciality coffee and delicious home-made, organic cakes as well as from our new seasonal menu, winter-warmer soups and hot toasties !!

We hope to see you there ………  !!

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Introducing Emma who has joined in October to work for the BEAT project.

Hello! I’m Emma Hendricks, the new Peer Support Coordinator for the Beat project. The Beat project aims to support Bexley residents who are at risk of type 2 diabetes to take up exercise. I’m new to Mind in Bexley and really excited to be involved in a project that will directly improve the health of Bexley residents! I am also a registered Nutritional Therapist with a particular interest in mental wellness, stress and eating behavior, and have my own private clinic. If you’d like to get in touch and/or are interested in being a volunteer buddy to support those at risk of type 2 diabetes take up regular exercise then get in touch with me on 0208 303 5816 (option 4) or at ehendricks@mindinbexley.org.uk

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Low Cost Counselling Service 

Mind in Bexley have begun a new initiative in the form of a Low Cost Counselling Service.  The service has been developed to offer support who do not meet the strict criteria of IAPT and are not severe enough to be accepted by Secondary Care services.

Sessions are a minimum of £5.00 and a maximum of £20, depending on their individual circumstances.  To date, 80 clients have been assessed and accepted by the service and have started to see therapists in the evenings and on Saturdays.

A number of new volunteer posts have been created to meet the needs of the service and appointments are offered out of hours.

The Low Cost Counselling Service is currently funded as a pilot scheme by Mind in Bexley and we will be closely monitored for effectiveness

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Carers Support Service

Mind in Bexley Carers Support service continues to offer 5 different support groups across the Borough in a variety of settings for relatives and friends caring for someone experiencing Mental distress and/or drug and alcohol use. We are delighted to continue future well-being events over the next 3 months offering free complimentary therapies to Carers helping relieve stress and anxiety relating to the caring role. Recent speakers at the Erith support group includes; Dr Nikita Kanani (Clinical Lead at the Clinical Commissioning Group), Dave Baker (Chief Executive Carers Support Bexley), Geoff Lawrence-Smith (Consultant Psychiatrist Mental Health liaison Team Queen Elizabeth) and his Team leader Jeanne Pretorious. Future speakers include Iain Dimond (Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Teams Oxleas), Ben Travis (Chief Executive Oxleas).

Carers have been enjoying meeting up in the new community Mind Revival Café enjoying delicious healthy food and drinks, relaxing with friends and listening to music. We are currently organising our Carers Christmas party event including raffles, secret santa, Xmas cake raffle, music and good food.

 For more information about all our Carers services please call: Imogen or Andy 020 8303 5816 opt. 7 or alternative please see our web-page.

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Healthwatch Bexley 

Healthwatch Bexley has a key role in formulating views on the standards of health and social care provision and identify where services can be improved, or to raise issues which commissioners and providers may not give due attention to.

A key role of Healthwatch is to enable local people, particularly vulnerable and seldom heard groups, to have their say and to make those voices known to decision makers, commissioners and providers.

Mental Health is a key area of work for Healthwatch Bexley. In February, Healthwatch Bexley undertook a snap shot study of the Recovery Service, provided by Mind in Bexley, based on 25 interviews with service users. The purpose of the study was to explore the impact accessing Recovery Services has on wellbeing and quality of life and to what extent it enables individuals to cope with everyday life, build relationships and be part of their community. The study also explored to what extent accessing Recovery Services keep people out of secondary care. The study demonstrate that accessing Recovery Services has a positive impact on individuals and crucially, to a large extent, it keeps people from having to access secondary care.

During spring and early summer, Healthwatch Bexley chose to conduct Enter and View visits into acute inpatient services for working age adults (18-65) in partnership with Healthwatch Bromley and Greenwich. Visits to Oxleas House and Green Parks House was made in February and May. Our most recent visit took place on 7th July 2016 at The Woodlands Unit, Bexley inpatient assessment and treatment service and was undertaken by five Authorised Enter and view representatives (AR’s). The ARs visited Milbrook and Lesney Wards to observe the environment, take part in therapeutic groups and speak with patients and staff.  Patients were invited to be interviewed by Healthwatch, these interviews were entirely voluntary and anonymous. The ARs interviewed 19 patients in total. Staff also completed 3 self-questionnaires, this data will all be compiled into the final report. Some of the information gathered includes; “Yes I feel safe all the time on the ward” “Staff are polite and make time to talk to you” “the smoking pod should be open more often, people get frustrated if they cannot have a cigarette”. The report from the Woodlands Unit will be available in October on Healthwatch Bexley’s website where the reports from Oxleas House and Green Parks House can be accessed. 

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Mind in Bexley’s Eco-Therapy Project 

The Mind in Bexley Eco-therapy team have been awarded Gold in the Bexley in Bloom Gardening Competition 2016 for the Alers Road Allotment site in the best overall allotment site category and silver in the best community garden category for the Mind in Bexley community garden.

“Well done to Pauline, Helen and all of the volunteers for their work that helped to achieve this! The Eco-therapy project has proved a great success and these awards are testament to this” (David Palmer, Mind in Bexley CEO).

If you would like to volunteer at Mind in Bexleys' Eco-therapy project, then please contact pfisher@mindinbexley.org.uk or call 0208 303 8932 Option 1 for our Recovery Service. 

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Social Prescribing Event in London

The Social Prescribing team were able to attend the first Social Prescribing transfer learning event in Victoria, London. This event was organised by the Healthy London Partnership together with the Social Prescribing Network and University of East London to inform London stakeholders about the potential of Social Prescribing and how to support its local implementation and success. 

The event attracted much interest. The day was full of inspiring clinicians, commissioners and providers who shared their experiences of setting up and delivering Social Prescribing schemes across the country. There were lots of examples of inspirational stories of communities coming together to work with complex issues and how they overcame some  challenges they faced along the way.  We have taken some very good examples of partnership working from the event and will utilise these in our Bexley project.

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Mental Health Surgery

Mind in Bexley are running a Mental Health Surgery every week on a Tuesday, it is from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Lakeside Medical Practice, Yarnton Way, London SE2 9LH

For more details please contact:

Sue White on 0208 303 8932 Option 1
swhite@mindinbexley.org.uk

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Recovery Service Day Trip

The Mind in Bexley Recovery college organised a visit the V & A Museum. The day proved to be a great success and included a guided tour of the painting galleries and entry to a exhibition.

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Sierra Leone: Setting up Community Mental Health Care

Based on our success, innovation and academic work undertaken in the field of migration and mental health, Mind in Bexley have been contacted by agencies to explore the possibility of developing and setting up a community mental health care pilot project in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Existing structures dedicated to treating mental health patients in Sierra Leone are in most cases derisory and mental health is being greatly overlooked by the national health authorities. It is estimated that around four out of five people experiencing mental distress in low and middle-income countries such as Sierra Leone do not receive any formal support. (Kings Fund)  In addition, mental health services are not integrated into primary care. Moreover, attitudes towards mental illnesses in most cases is still greatly rooted in traditional beliefs, both regarding their nature and their possible remedies and has led to inadequate treatment and stigmatization of people suffering from mental illnesses.

If mental health services are to be expanded to address the mental needs, two things have to happen: (a) certain disorders have to be prioritised as targets of intervention given the resource constraints; and (b) mental healthcare has to be provided by non-specialists through task-sharing and integration into primary care. We will be looking to design and set up a community holistic treatment service in line with WHO’s recommended policy to integrate mental health units into primary health care. The objective is to increase the offer and quality of mental health care in Sierra Leone through the provision of ambulatory care for patients, the delivery of training to health staff and the development of awareness-raising campaigns targeting the local community to eradicate the stigma and traditional beliefs. Taking the audience beyond the medical and cross-cultural models, we are keen to work with local agencies in Freetown to explore the significant role played by the community as part of a larger support network of under-recognised health and social service professionals involved in providing access to mental health services such as spiritual leaders, teachers, social workers and lawyers. We are also keen to explore the role of family members and peer support and the importance of building capacity for self-care in mental health. Over the next few months we will be developing this exciting proposal and exploring funding possibilities with international bodies. 

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Post Natal Depression - Mothers Embrace Parent Support by Danson Children's Centre In partnership with Mind in Bexley  

 Every Monday @ 10.00 - 11.30 (term time only)

At The Danson Centre, Brampton Rd, DA7 4EZ

 For more information

Call 020 8303 6052 or email dansonyc@btconnect.com

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