Brixton Reel Film Festival is coming! Do not miss it

Pioneering film festival Brixton Reel returns in November with events to engage with Lambeth’s minority communities around the value of looking after your mental wellbeing in order to cope with whatever life has to throw at you.

The programme includes three inspiring film and performance events:

  • Urban Wotever night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall, exploring African-Caribbean LGBT experience with short films, live performance and Urban World DJs Performers include Imma Mess, from 7.00pm – 12.00pm on Tuesday 10th November.
  • screening of the new film Looking For Love (2015), at the Karibu Centre, on Saturday 6.00pm – 8.30pm 14th These include an evening exploring relationships and love in the African-Caribbean communities
  • feature  movie is Ciudad Delirio (2014- PG12a), followed by salsa performance at the Cinema Museum, 3.00pm-6.00pm. Sunday 15th November –  celebrating Latin American communities in Lambeth with a UK preview of the Columbian feel-good, and dance. The venue is an experience, too

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SLaM Recovery College Film

This is a short film about the work of SLaM Recovery College, part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. They hope that it will give you an idea of the positive impact the college is having on the lives of our students. It was shot and directed by Steven Tart and edited by Belal Ladkani.  You can also view it at ttp:// 



Over half of teens think cyberbullying is worse than bullying offline

An international study of 4,720 teenagers finds that 18% reported being the victim of cyber bullying and a fifth of those experienced suicidal thoughts.

The research, commissioned by Vodafone and conducted by YouGov, also finds that:

  • 43% of teenagers across all countries surveyed thought that being bullied online is worse than being bullied in person, with this view shared by 35% of UK teenagers;
  • 41% said that cyberbullying made them feel depressed;
  • 38% said they did not tell their parents or guardians about being cyberbullied;
  • 43% think that cyberbullying is a worse problem than drug abuse;
  • 54% of British teenagers said that cyberbullying made them feel worse about themselves.

Interestingly, the study finds that young people find it easier to support friends who have been cyberbullied through the use of emojis alongside words, rather than just using words alone. Vodafone has released a collection of “support emojis” chosen by the teenagers surveyed to facilitate supportive communication between young people.

Professor Dacher Keltner, a psychologist involved in the development of the emojis, tells The Guardian:   What can be challenging is for people, particularly when they are young, can find it hard to show support for friends who are being bullied publicly online because they fear they’ll be bullied themselves, or they simply struggle to find the right words.

Images can be more powerful for them to use to show support or compassion.

A public conversation about mental health and wellbeing

A public conversation about mental health and wellbeing: Mental health is not the absence of illness. Nor is resilience and wellbeing an accident of fortune. This public conversation (held in April 2015) asks the question – what strategies can we put in place to better support individual and community mental health and wellbeing? Gregor Henderson- Director of Wellbeing at PHE. Download Gregor’s presentation slides here (PDF, 3MB) and video

ETHICS in collaboration with the London Journal of Primary Care and Royal College of General Practitioners convened an expert Think Tank

The Think Tank included professionals from primary care, public health, psychiatry, community development, clinical practice and commissioning. There was expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, epidemiology, guideline development, education and training, inter-sectoral collaboration, situation appraisal and policy development. Attached you will find the  proposals arising from the Think Tank as well as the background briefing which supports them.

Free Training

Courses are available free to Statutory, Voluntary and NHS workers in Lambeth or Southwark who wish to develop their formal or informal health promotion role.

rsph logoLevel 2 Understanding Health Improvement 2 day course – places are still available for the course on 23/24 November 2015.  For application form contact

YMHFA LogoThe next 2 day course is scheduled for 7/8 December 2015. For application form contact

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Level 2 Understanding Behaviour Change 2 day course places are available for 30 Nov/1 Dec 2015. For application form contact

Lambeth Big Knit 2015

Age UK Lambeth needs your help with our Warm & Well in Winter campaign.We want to create hundreds of hand-knitted blankets to give to vulnerable older people so we need to collect thousands of 6 inch (15cm) knitted squares that can be sown together. Can you help? You may be an expert knitter or just learning and make a real difference to our campaign by providing us with knitted squares. Any contribution is helpful. Please bring or deliver your knitted squares to: Age UK Lambeth, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA  Need help? Download our simple instructions!


Five headline indicators of national success: A clearer picture of how the UK is performing

NEF’s major new report, Five headline indicators of national success: A clearer picture of how the UK is performing is published today.

The report proposes five headline indicators of the UK’s overall success, measuring Good Jobs, Wellbeing, Environment, Fairness and Health. The indicators have been developed using evidence of what matters most to British people. The most recent data and trends in the five indicators show that even when things are going well according to standard measures, the public’s priorities are not sufficiently addressed by current economic and social policy-making.

For example, while the headline employment rate has increased over recent years, our Good Jobs indicator shows a decline in the proportion of the labour force in secure, decently paid jobs.

The report calls on the Office for National Statistics to adopt the five indicators as headline measures – a call which is backed by 25 organisations from across British society, including businesses, trades unions, charities and community organisations.

You can read the report