Lambeth Wellbeing Network Newsletter – Issue 13 February 2012


Government shouldn’t worry about our happiness

and full report  ‘…and the pursuit of happiness’ available at

Is happiness a Government issue?


Government has a vital role in creating a happier society

Schools strive for pupils’ happiness

Lambeth Council’s draft budget proposals and EIAs

Scans ‘show mindfulness meditation brain boost’

Share your story for a Rethink campaign

Rethink would like to hear from a carer or someone with mental health issues about how their physical health needs were overlooked to create a short video. The videos will be going out to a wide audience so you must be comfortable with sharing your story with the general public. Email or call 020 7840 3147.

The Lambeth and Southwark Social and Peer groups are for young people aged 11 – 19 years who have a visual impairment. They are looking for new members to join them so why not come along, have
fun, meet new people and tell them what you would like to do next! Activities range from street dance to trips to the cinema.  Please
contact Kirsty for more details on – 020 7808 6111 or


‘Connect’ – short film made by Lambeth young people

As part of the Brixton Reel Film Festival (see, NHS Lambeth and Metropolitan Housing Trust (in association with Positive Youth Expression) created a new DVD on promoting mental wellbeing targeted at young people (Ages Year 7+). The DVD is a short film (approximately 7 minutes) for use in group work or PSHE lessons to raise debate and discussion about what wellbeing is and individual actions young people can take to make themselves feel good.

Go to to view on YouTube


Lambeth and Southwark Health Promotion resources

Sign up to this website and order free health promotion resources across a range of subjects including mental wellbeing


Resilience research and practice

Website focused on resilience work at University of Brighton. Contains presentations, materials, training and events and resilience research information.


Health inequalities in Lambeth

Data and information on equalities in the borough.


Play’s the Thing

A website that is developing resources to help people think about ways to incorporate play in their life and work and to consider creative approaches to wellbeing.

London ward wellbeing score


ONS Wellbeing Knowledge Bank



The Stamp out Stigma campaign aims to tackle stigma by educating the public about the realities of mental health and learning disabilities. Includes resource packs for schools and employers. Visit their website for more information at


Public Health campaign resources

One-stop shop for all Department of Health public health campaign information and resources for anyone who works directly with the public.  No national emotional wellbeing campaign yet but go to to subscribe to receive regular updates.

Policy & Evidence Reports


Working Together – Promoting work as a health outcome as the NHS reforms (2020 Health)


Positive for Youth: A new approach to cross-government policy for young people aged 13 to 19


The Good Childhood report (The Children’s Society)


An analysis of reported bullying at school within NFER attitude surveys


Implementing NICE guidelines for the psychological treatment of depression and anxiety disorders: The IAPT experience

Events, Training & Consultations

Brixton Reel RETURNS screening ‘The Story of Lover’s Rock’

6pm, Thursday, 16th February

Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

Valentines Day comes up every year and many single people feel left out! Brixton Reel celebrates wellbeing and some of the things that makes us strong and connected with a deeper love regardless of whether we are in a relationship. A FREE screening of ‘The Story of Lover’s Rock’ directed by Menelik Shabazz introduces us to a music scene that celebrates Brit-Reggae music, community and culture past, present and future.

Booking line 0871 704 2065  More soon at

Draft JSNA/H & W Strategy guidance.

Views wanted by Dept of Health by 17 February

 Fit as a Fiddle Roadshow

11am-3pm, Thursday, 23 February

Montgomery Hall, St Mark’s Pastoral Centre, 58 Kennington

The Fit as a Fiddle programme has been promoting physical activity among older people in Lambeth. Come along to this event and find out how they got on. For more info ring Charmaine Binns on 07703 194 387.

One day ‘Bounce Back’ workshop

9am-5pm, 29 February (£245)

One day skills based workshops designed to provide your school with the knowledge and confidence to use the Bounce Back! programme.

Bounce Back! is an award-winning wellbeing and resilience class-based programme for children and young people from primary to secondary school.

Bounce Back! offers practical strategies to help children and young people function well at school and in life. A whole school social and emotional learning curriculum program. The programme spans the whole of primary through to mid secondary education (i.e. 5-15 year olds).


World Happy Day

Coronet cinema, Notting Hill

On World Happy Day – 11 Feb 2012 – thousands of people will join together in communities all over the world to experience the film Happy.

Doors will open at 3pm and the film will start at 3:30pm (running time: 75 mins).

Suggested donation £15

Contact –

DIY Happiness Game training

17 February, 2012 – choice of AM or PM sessions

Jubilee Hall, Covent Garden

Lambeth will be given up to 10 DIY Happiness games and this is an opportunity to receive training on how to facilitate the game

For more information and to book a place please email Caro Swan or ring 020 3228 1695

Mental Health First Aid refresher day

12th March 2012, 10am-2pm (lunch included)

Stockwell Community Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA.

Half day event for all those who have attended the Mental Health First Aid training in Lambeth over the past few years. Opportunity to review action plans, get support and advice, share experiences and how you’ve used your knowledge with colleagues and get some top up training.

RSVP to or ring 020 3049 5778.

FREE Enhancing Wellbeing training

10am – 3pm, 5th March 2012

This course will explore the five ways to wellbeing recommended by the Foresight report. It will look at the evidence underpinning this approach, explain the current debates in resilience and positive psychology and apply this knowledge at a personal level and relating to working practice.

FREE Mental Health First Aid training (2 day course)

23/24th Feb, 2012,  11/18th June 2012

Please note delegates MUST attend BOTH days

Mental Health First Aid training is a two day practical course aimed at raising awareness about how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental ill health, improve confidence and provide support and signposting. It is ideal for frontline staff, particularly those working in customer care centres, housing, libraries, Job Centres etc.

Shorter ‘hot topic’ sessions are also available on personal wellbeing, mental wellbeing for those pushed for time!

For more information and to book places on any of these courses contact Lorraine Baker or ring 020 7525 1696

Measuring national wellbeing

5pm, 8 March, 2012

A joint meeting of the Official Statistics and Social Statistics Sections will take place at 5pm with tea/coffee from 4.30pm. Speakers: Paul Allin, ONS and Charles Seaford, New Economics Foundation. The ONS began a national debate on measuring the nation’s wellbeing and this will be presented.

To register please email or by phone 020 7638 8998.


Time to Change grant funds

Grants scheme ranging from £85, £40k to £20k for projects that raise public awareness about mental health. For more information see

Email if you are interested in applying.

EU Health for Growth Programme

Wellbeing Tip

Keep a time diary and see what you learn about how you are using your time and patterns that impact on your enjoyment of life. Identify stuff you are wasting time on (surfing the net, endless TV watching…), things that you enjoy and days where you are trying to do too much.

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