Public mental health spending in England too low, says Mind


During NHS reforms in April 2013, the responsibility for this moved from primary care trusts to local government. Of the 152 local authorities in England, 86 replied to Mind’s freedom of information requests about public mental health budgets. According to the charity, local authorities plan to spend £76m on increasing physical activity, £160m on anti-smoking initiatives and £671m on sexual health services in 2014/15. This compares with just £40m on public mental health.

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Does worker wellbeing affect workplace performance? Report

Does worker wellbeing affect workplace performance? a report done by Alex Bryson, John Forth and Lucy Stokes, NIESR (Dept for business innovation and skills) 

Key findings:

– level of job satisfaction positively correlates with workplace performance measures.

– ‘very satisfied’ employees had higher labour productivity.

– non-pecuniary aspects of job satisfaction positively correlated with performance.

– pay satisfaction was positively associated with workplace financial performance but not other measures.

– raising employee wellbeing may improve performance. No causal link established.

– need more work to understand what it is about jobs and the working environment that change wellbeing.

The What Works Wellbeing centre has launched today which has £4m to invest in research strands of wellbeing, including one on ‘work, learning and wellbeing’.There are already a few What Works centres up and running, including one that is exploring the effectiveness of various teaching styles. See:

Discussions on the launch of the report  included the need to publish work on wellbeing at work initiatives.

BT Group have been working on this for ten years and testified that it helped them through restructuring and the recession. They are developed their own metrics and report externally to their shareholders. It was also flagged that we must also look at what can be done to support those who are self-employed and in the ever increasing ‘casualised workforce’. Lucy Smith’s (Lambeth&Southwark PH) comments.

Join CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle for their Literary Walk

Joint CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Literary Walk  on  Saturday 15th November 2014 Times: 11.45pm – 4pm Start: Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ  Ends: Peckham Rye. Cost: free/voluntary donation

 … a fun guided cultural walk for mental and physical wellbeing!

Setting off from Maudsley Hospital, the walk will commemorate William Blake’s birthday and we will stop en route for talks celebrating South London’s literary world, looking at novelists, poets and scriptwriters with connections to the area. These will include the painter, poet and printmaker William Blake, the poet Dylan Thomas and Victorian crime fiction.


Please meet outside the entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ, at 11.45am. Check for more details or email/call 020 7701 2696.
Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the walking group on the day. All are welcome!


Helping the police to support people with vulnerabilities

Home Secretary at the Policing and Mental Health Summit (23/10/14) The Rt Honourable Theresa May MP (Home Secretary) spoke at the Policing and Mental Health Summit held in London. In her speech, she made clear that the police must treat people with mental health problems with respect and compassion. The summit was hosted in conjunction with Black Mental Health UK and is part of the ‘Helping the police fight crime more effectively’ initiative.     Publication: Helping the police to support people with vulnerabilities


Investment in perinatal mental health services could reduce long-term economic costs (20/10/14)

Investment in perinatal mental health services could reduce long-term economic costs (20/10/14) Research shows that the long-term economic and social costs of perinatal mental health problems – including anxiety, depression and psychosis – exceeds £8 billion for each annual cohort of births, according to a new report released by the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Centre for Mental Health.

The report, The costs of perinatal mental health problems, is part of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s ‘Everyone’s Business’ campaign, which is appealing to government and health commissioners to ensure that all women throughout the UK who experience perinatal mental health problems receive the care they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it.


invite to The Faith and Wellbeing event at Lambeth Town Hall!

The Faith and Wellbeing event at Lambeth Town Hall on Tuesday 18th November, 6pm – 8pm. This will be FTiL’s event for national Inter Faith Week. Interesting talks, a very important part of the event will be stalls and exhibits, both from faith-based organisations and from partner agencies. This is an opportunity – open to all – to present work that contributes to aspects of wellbeing and perhaps to pick up ideas from what others are doing. We hope you may wish to make a bid for space – details of that will be coming in another e-mail soon.  Pease, promote to your networks and encourage people to get involved and share their work.

visit: or tel: 07889 221 847 

Tuesday 18th November, 6pm – 8pm  Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall, SW2 1RW








Free Spiritual and Pastoral Care in Mental Health course

Spiritual and Pastoral Care in Mental Health course details starting 5th January and ends 16th March  2015.  At the end of the training participants would be able to demonstrate:
• Some knowledge about pastoral care in mental health
• Personal, social & pastoral competences
• Ability to work under supervision
• To be able to apply knowledge and skill to support people with a mental health problem living in their own communities.

This course is being held in the borough of Southwark. Please, hurry if you are interested as places are limited. Closing date is 1st December 2014.

 Please note Open Induction evening is on 1st December at Hill View Community Centre 39 Kitto Road SE14 5TW. Participants can be from Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham or Croydon Borough. Further information contact: on 07791680262


Lunch Talks at the Black cultural archives Brixton

Lunchtime Talks Black Cultural Archives have invited four inspirational women to tell their stories and make a connection with the legacy of Black women throughout history.

For instances, Dr Margaret Andrews, author of Doing Nothing Is Not An Option: The Radical Lives of Eric and Jessica Huntley reflects on the life and legacy of Jessica Huntley who grew up in British colonial Guyana and during her time in UK led campaigns for social justice, spearheading numerous movements. This talk will highlight the outstanding contributions of this (extra) ordinary woman. Friday 14 November, 1pm.  For more information: Tel: 020-37578500 or visit:

Black cultural archives





Heroines of Opera: Award winning Composer Shirley J. Thompson takes a look at some of our historical women icons
Friday 28 November, 1pm
Dr Shirley Thompson, Composer, Musician and Reader in Music at the University of Westminster

has performed and screened worldwide and often described as “beautiful and powerful” (LeFigaro). A visionary artist and cultural activist, Thompson has been composing operas on the lives of our historical heroines and creating operatic performances. Thompson will reveal some fascinating insights to her discoveries.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week deadline by london Arts in Health

Next year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week will run from 8-15 June 2015. As in previous years, London Arts in Health Forum (LAHF) is planning to produce a brochure including all the events in the week.

They are also planning a separate press and media campaign to promote events in the week and in Creativity and Wellbeing Plus – for events across the country and internationally. They want to make sure that 2015’s week is the biggest yet and want to make sure as many organisations as possible get to take part.

The key date for people to have in their diaries is 31st March as this is the deadline for events to be included in the brochure and in the press campaign so do start to put together events and register them at w: