The Big White Wall is now available free for Southwark residents

Welcome to Big White Wall. Feeling low or stressed? Habits you want to kick? Lost or out of control? Start feeling better now. The Big White Wall is a peer support network that encourages you to be open about what is on your mind, to learn more about yourself and to work through what is troubling you. Big White Wall is now avail free for Southwark residents.Big White Wall is intended for those over the age of 16.

The wellbeing effect of education

lambethsouthwarklogo.epsEducation has become one of the clearest indicators of life outcomes such as employment, income and social status, and is a strong predictor of attitudes and wellbeing.
This evidence briefing from the Economic and Social Research Council is based on a research project funded by the council. The researchers analysed data from the British Social Attitudes Survey, the British Household Panel Survey and the International Social Survey Programme.

The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health

Chaired by former minister for mental health, Paul Burstow MP, the CentreForum Mental Health Commission concludes its 12 month study on the state of wellbeing in England by identifying five key priorities between now and 2020. It calls on policymakers to:
· Establish the mental wellbeing of the nation or the ‘pursuit of happiness’ as a clear and measurable goal of government.
· Roll out a National Wellbeing Programme to promote mutual support, self-care and recovery, and reduce the crippling stigma that too often goes hand in hand with mental ill health.
· Prioritise investment in the mental health of children and young people right from conception.
· Make places of work mental health friendly with government leading the way as an employer.
· Better equip primary care to identify and treat mental health problems, closing the treatment gap that leaves one in four of the adult population needlessly suffering from depression and anxiety and 1-2% experiencing a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia.Please, visit

Cyberbullying now more common than face-to-face bullying for children –

The report from EU Kids Online, a research programme based at LSE, examines how the UK’s children are using the internet and digital communications and updates the findings of a 2010 EU Kids Online survey with the results of a new 2013-14 survey conducted by Net Children Go Mobile. The research reveals that cyberbullying now more common than face-to-face bullying, with children also reporting a sharp rise in exposure to potentially negative forms of content such as self-harm sites and hate messages.

NHS England takes action to improve access to specialised mental health services for children and young people

NHS England takes action to improve access to specialised mental health services for children and young people
NHS England is taking urgent action to improve access to specialised inpatient mental health services for children and young people, including up to 50 new beds for young patients, after publishing a report on current provision.

Lambeth’s Holiday Activities Programme for young people

Lambeth’s Holiday Activities Programme , which features a huge range of events to help keep the borough’s young people occupied during the summer. The programme covers areas including sport, play, creative arts, music and activities for young people with disabilities. Also on offer is Summer University, a programme offering young people aged 11 to 19 the opportunity to try something different, raise their aspirations, meet new people and get creative all whilst working towards an accreditation. Please visit:

Grant funding opportunities

lambethsouthwarklogo.epsBig Local (North Brixton only) – funding under the themes of safe and cohesive, employability and community assets (various deadlines) Contact or ring 020 7582 5117

Lambeth Cooperative challenge fund – funding for training, capacity building or advice. Groups will have expert advice and one-to-one support from capacity builders.
They will help you make an application for a grant of up to £5k to become ‘delivery ready’/ See Deadline 15 August.

The Good Neighbourhood Fund – available in Lambeth and Southwark. 1-5k available for health and/or wellbeing and inclusion.
Looking for projects that bring people together of different backgrounds, faiths, genders or projects with a wellbeing focus that tackle isolation/exclusion. Deadline 1 Sept.