COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to the current Coronavirus situation all carers groups and activities are cancelled until things return to normal.

Rest assured that the carers support service is still operating and providing: telephone & video practical and emotional support, advice and information. We are also creating electronic and digital ways to support carers well-being some of which can be found on our self help page:

We are continuing to work closely with our partners Oxleas and the Pier Road project and will endeavour to support you in your caring role.

Please note: The opening hours of the Mind in Bexley carers support service has been extended and are as follows:

Monday 9am – 5pm

Tuesday 9am – 8pm

Wednesday 9am – 5pm

Thursday 9am – 8pm

Friday 9am – 5pm

 

Tel: 0203 912 0030 (This voicemail is being checked regularly throughout the day)

Please leave a brief message including – your name, contact number and if you give permission for us to leave messages on your answerphone and someone will get back to you as soon an possible.

Advice from Carers UK

About Us

Mind in Bexley provide emotional support, peer support activities and information and advice to relatives and friends caring for someone over the age of eighteen and experiencing Mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems in Bexley.

Being a carer

Being a carer for someone can be isolating and demanding and can have a profound effect on your mental, physical and emotional well-being. This can put extra pressure and strain on you, especially as you have to carry on with your own life as well. Being responsible for someone else in addition to managing your own life can be tremendously stressful. The needs of carers are often overlooked especially when the needs of those they are caring for are more obvious or immediate.

Even if you manage your responsibilities effectively you may, at some point, need support, empathy and a space to talk. You may just need extra support during difficult periods such as behavioural changes in the person that you care for due to illness.

Services include:

Carers in Mind – Peer support group 

Are you a friend or relative caring for someone who is experiencing mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems?

Our ‘Carers in Mind’ peer support enables people to form beneficial relationships built on shared personal experiences and empathy.

Helping you:

• Feel more supported in your caring role
• Feel less isolated
• Improve your confidence and well-being

To get support:

If you feel you may benefit from Carers Support you can self-refer by telephone.
Phone: 0203 912 0030 or email imsmith@mindinbexley.org.uk
(Office hours and 24-hour answering machine)

We also run a variety of support groups and activities including:

Support Groups

Carers Group for relatives and friends of someone on Millbrook/Lesney Ward at the Woodlands Unit, Queen Marys, Sidcup or under the Home or Day Treatment Teams.

This runs every first, third or fifth Wednesday of the month in the Family Room at the Unit between 5:00pm– 6.30pm. Clinical Staff including Consultants and Ward Managers from the Unit attend to speak in general about any concerns or questions you may have.

A monthly speakers support group run jointly with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Runs at the Erith Centre, Park Crescent, Erith, Kent, DA8 3EE on the fourth Wednesday of every month between 2pm – 4pm.

For relatives and friends of someone with a Mental Health or Drug/Alcohol problems in Bexley; receiving support from the Community Mental Health Teams or the Pier Road Project Drug/Alcohol Team.

A speakers group where guest speakers respond to questions around issues of concern to carers. Guests include Senior Personnel from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Bexley Council and significant organisations in Bexley such as the Police. 

Monthly Carers Peer Support & Well-Being event run jointly by Mind in Bexley & Pier Road project.

Runs 1pm- 4pm every once a month (excluding bank holidays) at St John Vianney Church Hall, 21 Heathfield Rd, Bexleyheath, DA6 8NP

This space is for relatives and friends of someone in Bexley experiencing mental health and/or drug and alcohol problems. Those attending receive emotional peer support alongside refreshments, complimentary therapies (first come first served basis), arts & crafts and a space where you can relax and receive support that is just for you.

Monthly Family and Friends Support Group run jointly with the Pier Road Project

Runs once a month on a Tuesday evening 5.30pm – 7pm @ Mind Revival Café 230 – 232 Broadway Bexleyheath DA6 8DT (On Devonshire Road next to Mind in Bexley Offices)

For relatives and friends affected by another person’s mental health alongside drug and/or alcohol issues.

Fortnightly Carer’s Mindfulness, Relaxation and Self-care sessions

 Runs every other Tuesday evening 5.15pm – 6.15pm @ Mind in Bexley, at St John Vianney Church Hall, 21 Heathfield Rd, Bexleyheath, DA6 8NP

For relatives and friends affected by another person’s mental health and/or drug or alcohol use.

During the sessions we practice simple breathing, mindfulness and meditation exercises to reduce stress and build self-compassion for ourselves alongside others.

Monthly Mental Health AND Autism Support group run jointly with Oxleas NHS foundation Trust

Runs on the second Wednesday of every month 1pm – 3pm at Emerton Close, Bexleyheath, DA6 8DX.

For relatives and friends of someone over 18 years of age who have Mental Health AND Autism Spectrum Disorder. This Group is aimed primarily at carers new to MIND Services who have not received any support in the past. Hopefully this Group will provide emotional and practical support to the benefit of those who attend.

Qi gong and Tai Chi Classes £3 per session

Runs most Mondays 2pm – 3pm @ St Vianneys Church Hall, 21 Heathfield Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8NP

Qi gong is a mind/body/breath practice that improves mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique and focused intent.

The benefits of Qi gong have been found to include reduced anxiety & depression, lower blood pressure, improved immune system, greater awareness, calmness and well-being, improved mental focus, relief of chronic pain, loosening joints and muscles, improved digestion, and assistance with posture.

Facilitator’s details:

Tony Childs: a.childs123@ntlworld.com

Website: www.trinityQigongtaichi.com

Other Support available;

Specifically tailored Peer Support in the community (With Carers in Mind) an opportunity to talk to others with similar experiences to you. Forging friendships with people who genuinely understand what you are going through. Advice & Information and telephone support

Understanding Mental Health workshops

These two hour workshops are for people experiencing mental health conditions and their family & carers. They are co-designed by people with lived experience and have been created to raise awareness and understanding of mental health conditions including recognising causes, symptoms and possible coping strategies for a wide range of mental health issues.

Please see workshops titles below:

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality Disorder
  • Self-Harm
  • Psychosis
  • Panic Disorder
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Anger Analysis
  • Caring for carers

To book a place please contact:

Carers Service Imogen or Andy – 0203 912 0030

Recovery Service 0203 912 0040

Mind in Bexley, 2a Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8DS