January – funding

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme
Includes funds for building skills of local people, increasing community cohesion and responding to local economic needs.
Round 16 open. Deadline 24 March, 2014
Available in both Lambeth and Southwark

Skills for Life Fund 2014
Develop education and life skills in local community. For children and young people aged 8-25 years. Focus on prevention, intervention and recovery.
Maximum £15k. Deadline 17 March
Available in Lambeth and Southwark
http://www.londoncf.org.uk/grants/available-grants/southwark.aspx

January – events

Time to Talk day – 6 Feb
The campaign aims to show that “It’s the little things which make a big difference” when it comes to mental health – such as having a cup of tea and a chat. And on Time to Talk Day we’re encouraging people to do just that.

We’re aiming to have a million conversations on Time to Talk Day, to show that mental health problems are common and having those conversations needn’t be as hard as people sometimes fear.

The Time to Talk Day is an ideal time for organisations to get staff talking about mental health and highlight the mental health support you offer employees or other work you have been doing to address mental health in the workplace.

Could you take part? FREE resources available
http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/talkday

Public Health and Housing: a pan-London summit
27 February
Time: 9am – 1.45pm (includes networking lunch)
Venue: The In & Out (Naval & Military Club), 4 St James’s Square, SW1Y 4JU
Please contact Michelle Smith: michelle.smith@housing.org.uk or 0207 1067 1044.

Westminster Health Forum Keynote Semiar
Improving mental health outcomes: integrating services, parity of esteem and patient-centred care
Tues, 29th April, 2014
http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=720

Promoting wellbeing in all policies conference
24-26 Sept 2014, Imperial College
http://www.worldcongress2014.org/

Anxiety 2014: arts and mental health festival website for details on the call for proposals and details about the festival coming soon: http://anxiety2014.org/

Loughborough Women’s Group are planning a new programme of activities and need help. They need photographers, film makers, gardeners, cooks, outreachers, events organisers. If you can help pls email cynthia@londoncf.org.uk
http://www.londoncf.org.uk/grants/building-communities-in-coldharbour.aspx

January – training

Youth Mental Health First Aid (2 full day course)
5 & 6 Feb 2014
Mental Health First Aid (2 full day course)
11 & 13 Feb
11 & 13 March
Recognise symptoms of mental ill health and provide help, signposting and comfort.
For booking and future dates email carolyn.swan@slam.nhs.uk

STORM suicide awareness training
Thurs 20th and Fri 21st February 2014
9.00am – 4.30pm
Mon 7th and Tues 8th April 2014
9.00am – 4.30pm
At 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH
Register claudia.craig@southwark.gov.uk

Specialist training day: older and wiser
Fri, 7 Feb
Laban Building, Creekside, SE8 3DZ
One day mini conference focusing on older people’s arts practice
Fee – £25
Contact k.windsor@trinitylaban.ac.uk or ring 020 8305 4378

RSPH training on arts and health
Workshops from Jan to May. First is Arts in Hospitals on 4 Feb.
http://www.rsph.org.uk/en/training-solutions/index.cfm

Range of Sexual health training; Advanced Non Clinical HIV, Young People, Sex & the Law, Working with Gay men and men who have sex with men, training skills in sexual health, how to promote good sexual health throughout Feb and March. For more info and booking Email: Andrea.Hayden@gstt.nhs.uk
Telephone: 020 3049 7954

January – resources

I had a black dog, his name was depression (video)
Many individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles with depression, and don’t know where to turn for help. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical step towards recovery. Produced in collaboration with WHO, this short video tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.
http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=181824&src=LD

Welfare advice for people who use mental health services
http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/pdfs/Welfare_advice_MH_services.pdf

Building a better future parenting resources
http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/2014_Buildingabetterfuture.aspx

Mind’s resources on workplace mental health and wellbeing
http://www.mind.org.uk/for-business/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/useful-resources/

The new police guide from Mind and Victim Support: http://www.mind.org.uk/media/618027/2013-12-03-Mind_police_final_web.pdf?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social%20media&utm_campaign=Police%20guide&dm_i=CZC,24ENG,BMPURS,7NSQP,1

Understanding self harm (Mind)
http://shop.mind.org.uk/shop/booklets/514?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Mind&utm_campaign=3573928_Publications+ebulletin+22+January+14&utm_content=selfharm&dm_i=CZC,24LNS,9QGQLJ,7OJP4,1

Free friendship phone service for older people launched
A free 24-hour dedicated helpline for older people across the UK has been launched. ‘The Silver Line’ aims to combat loneliness in the over-65s by providing friendship, information and advice through calls to trained volunteers.
http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

Stepfinder
The StepFinder app helps young people find the nearest support service to them. Whether its contraception, homelessness, bereavement, mental health or anything else, StepFinder can pin-point local services and help you navigate to them using your phone. It offers tips and advice from others who’ve used the same services and shows which organisations young people say are ‘youth friendly’. Designed by YouthNet, this app is a free and confidential service.
http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=180776&src=MH

Youth Wellbeing Directory
List of providers of youth wellbeing services that have been through a quality assurance process.
http://www.youthwellbeingdirectory.co.uk/

January – evidence & policy

Preventing suicide in England: one year on
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/271789/Annual_Report_into_suicide.pdf

GLA report on mental health in London
http://www.london.gov.uk/media/mayor-press-releases/2014/01/action-on-mental-health-could-help-save-london-up-to-26-billion

YoungMinds: Children and young people’s mental health policy update 2013
This blog offers a round up the policy developments in children and young people’s mental health during 2013.
http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=183961&src=LD

Same old… the experiences of young offenders with mental health needs
A report published by YoungMinds and the Transition to Adulthood Alliance found that very little has changed in services for young people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system in the last 20 years.
http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=182714&src=LD

Girls’ attitudes survey 2013: what girls say about … equality for girls
This fifth annual survey of girls reveals stark state of inequality.
http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=182387&src=KU

Boys and girls speak out: a qualitative study of children’s gender and sexual cultures (age 10-12)
This report by Cardiff University, with support and funding from the NSPCC, looks at how younger children perceive gender, sexual identity and relationships.
http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=182590&src=KU

Picking up the pieces: results of a survey on the state of young people’s advice, counselling and support services
This report sets out the results of the fifth annual survey on the state of the youth information, advice, counselling and support services (YIACS) sector.
http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=182596&src=KU

Youth Index 2014
http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about_the_trust/what_we_do/research/youth_index_2014.aspx

What does the 2011 Census tell us about the ‘oldest old’ living in England and Wales?
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_342117.pdf

January news

Mental Health Action plan launched
http://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/news/making-mental-health-matter-more-deputy-prime-minister-sets-out-mental-health-action-plan-with-key-measures-put-in-place-as-more-needs-to-be-done-to-help-the-one-in-four-people-who-will-suffer-from-a-mental-health-problem-at-some-point-in-their-life

Faculty of Public Health – We need mental health prevention
http://www.fph.org.uk/we_need_mental_health_prevention

Raising mental health awareness across all demographics will improve wellbeing and cut costs (Cllr Ed Davie in The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/local-government-network/2014/jan/09/mental-health-residents-councils-local-government

Neglecting mental health will cost us dear in the future
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/26/mental-health-action-tallulah-wilson

Young people’s mental health and emotional survey
http://mentalhealthpartnerships.com/young-peoples-mental-health-and-emotional-wellbeing-survey/

Lambeth Timebank South West are trying to increase interest in so please like their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TIMEBANKLAMBETH

Lambeth residents to choose how tax on developers is spent locally
http://lambethnews.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/lambeth-residents-to-choose-how-tax-on-developers-is-spent-locally/

Southwark Council takes up the challenge to become ‘Age friendly’ borough
http://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/article/1556/southwark_council_takes_up_challenge_to_become_age_friendly_borough