Free Mental Health first Aid Courses in Lambeth &Southwark

Woodlawns CentreMental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, mental health first aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.Free training for anyone who works, lives or volunteers in either borough (Lambeth or Southwark). MHFA focuses on those who support adults. Next training dates are: 17 & 19 June 2014 & 15 & 16 July 2014. If you are interested,please contact:Caro Swan–

People’s Health Trust – 5k-25k funding deadline 30 April

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year, that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.

Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, Active Communities is currently open in the following areas:

HealthWisdom – Lambeth, Southwark, Bromley, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley (application deadline – 30 April, 1:00pm)
See to apply

‘Measuring What Matters: A guide for children’s centres’ a new report

A new report ‘Measuring What Matters: A guide for children’s centres’ has been published. This report, commissioned by 4 children, builds on the IHE report ‘An Equal Start: Improving Outcomes in Children’s Centres’, which identified the most important outcomes Children’s Centres should be striving for in order to give all children positive early-years experiences. In the new report, accompanied by a technical guide, a set of measures are proposed in order to evaluate children’s outcomes. This suite of measures has resulted from work conducted by IHE including a review of the academic literature, input from an expert advisory panel, field visits, and consideration of the evidence.Please, visit:

March Lambeth and Southwark Wellbeing Network event

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At our last Lambeth and Southwark Wellbeing Network(LSWBN) event we had a range of interesting projects presentations such as The Knee High, The Good Enough Mum’s Club, Kids Connect, The Arts Exchange and from London Community Foundation (the Lambeth and Southwark Happiness and Wellbeing Grants).
For more information on The Good Enough Mum’s Club project please email:
For more information on Kids Connect project please email:
For more information on The Knee High Project, please email:
For more information on the Arts Exchange Reminiscence Arts and Dementia project please email:
You can also visit
Please, do share the attached information and the application form for those of you who wish to apply to or nominate someone for a Lambeth and Southwark Wellbeing Network Award Scheme.See the details attached.

The LSWBN’s chair for the afternoon, Gordon McCullough spoke about the ‘Value the VCS Campaign’, which promotes the social and economic contribution of Southwark’s Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS). It poses the question ‘What would happen if Southwark’s VCS did not exist?’. For more information please visit: ‘Value the VCS’ campaign
Last but not least, Legatum Commission launched their Wellbeing and Policy report.Visit:
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PHE’s 2014 Child Health Profiles published

PHE’s Child Health Profiles give a snapshot of children and young people’s health for each local authority in England in a readable format. They contain data on a wide range of issues about and affecting child health, from levels of childhood obesity, MMR immunisation rates, teenage pregnancy and underage drinking, to hospital admissions, educational performance and youth crime.

Girls’ growing brains ‘more resilient’-BBC News

BBC News: Girls’ growing brains ‘more resilient’,a study suggests that autism is less common in girls than in boys because their brains are more “resilient”.DNA errors need to be more severe in girls to cause neurodevelopmental conditions, according to a large study.The research in the American Journal of Human Genetics points out that this may help explain why les appear to be at greater risk of disorders like autism. A UK autism charity said it highlighted the importance of developing gender-specific approaches to autism.

‘examining the relationship between literature and mental health’ the Reader Organisation Conference

The Reader annual National Conference will take place on Thursday 15th May, examining the relationship between literature and mental health. They will be guest speakers such as Lord Melyvn Bragg, Baroness Estelle Morris, Dr Alice Sullivan and many more for an enriching day exploring the impact of shared reading. Don’t miss the opportunity to book your place.

‘Beyond GDP: From measurement to politics and policy’the BRAINPOoL Conference

The Brainpool Conference, ‘Beyond GDP – from measurement to politics and policy” just took place on the 24th March 2014 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. BRAINPOoL has demonstrated that the key barriers to the use of Beyond GDP indicators are not about the indicators per sé, but rather about the policies, narratives and policy-making techniques associated with them. At the conference, Christine Berry,(Researcher/Centre for Wellbeing/nef) presented two topics:
* the need to develop a Beyond GDP narrative that can win electoral support,
* the need for integrated, innovative policy-making processes to enable a Beyond GDP approach.
You can visit the link below to see video clips of the speakers, a conference report as well as the presentations at

Some helpful resources on self harm with children and young people

The following Training courses related to self harm with children in schools and which might be worth exploring:
 Self Injury Support
 Youth Self-harm and suicide awareness: A reflective practice training pack
 Other useful resources to develop training materials:
Self harm in children and young people handbook (attached)