Stay Alive: Grassroots Suicide Prevention App

Stay Alive is a suicide prevention app which offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user.

Key features include:

  • Quick access to national crisis support helplines
  • A mini-safety plan that can be filled out by a person considering suicide
  • A Life Box to which the user can uploads photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive
  • Strategies for staying safe from suicide
  • How to help a person thinking about suicide
  • Suicide myth-busting
  • Research-based reasons for living
  • Online support services and other helpful apps
  • Suicide bereavement resources
  • Click here to link to more information on the Grassroots website.#Stay Alive 


AIMH 20th birthday celebratory conference 2016

The Association for Infant Mental Health (UK)’s 20th Birthday Celebratory Conference will be a great opportunity to think about the work achieved to date, reflect on the last 20 years and focus on infant mental health needs in the future. The event will offer excellent networking opportunities and includes a host of highly respected guest speakers

Radcliffe Conference Centre, Warwick University Campus Friday 30th September 2016. 10am – 4.30pm   AIMH (UK) Members £65.00, Non AIMH (UK) members £75.00 Stands £150.00 (includes one conference place)    Expressions of interest to:


Health Matters: Getting every adult active every day

One in four women and one in five men in England are physically inactive, doing less than 30 minutes moderate physical activity a week- says Health Matters

The guidelines recommend muscle strengthening activities twice a week, but only 34% of men and 24% of women are achieving this.

So why are so many adults struggling to be physically active?  Many people equate physical activity to sweaty gym sessions, and are put off by this, and do not realise that moderate physical activity can be achieved through everyday life through activities such as:

  • brisk walking
  • dancing
  • cycling
  • gardening

As long as the activity causes you to get warmer and breathe harder and for your heart to beat faster then it counts as moderate physical activity. Any physical activity is better than none. As little as 10 minutes of moderate physical activity at a time provides numerous health benefits.  Physical activity can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, including some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.

Persuading inactive people  to become more active could prevent one in ten cases of stroke and heart disease in the UK and one in six deaths from any cause. In fact it’s often said that if physical activity was a drug it would be classed as a wonder drug.

That’s why the latest strategy from Sport England focuses, for the first time, on encouraging inactive and underrepresented groups to become more active. This is where the greatest individual, community and economic gains can be made.

This edition of Health Matters adopts PHE’s national physical activity framework, Everybody Active Every Day, which identifies four areas for local and national action that can help to get people active.

  1. Active Society – People are more likely to be active if it is seen as ‘normal’, and if their friends and peers are also active.
  2. Moving professionals – 1 in 4 patients would be more active if advised by a GP or nurse.
  3. Active environments – Our homes, workplaces and local environments should be designed to encourage physically active.
  4. Moving at scale – Positive change needs to happen at every level, in every region and be measurable.

Read the physical activity edition of Health Matters for more on what local authorities and health professionals can do to get the nation active




Mental fitness and long term conditions

A workshop for health and social care professionals working with people who live with long term conditions.

Dates: Thurs 13 and 22 Sept 2016
Times: 9:45am to 1:00pm
Location: London

‘Mental Fitness’ has been defined as “the modifiable capacity to utilise resources and skills to flexibly adapt to challenges or advantages, enabling thriving”. The purpose of this new half day workshop is to offer healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn more about how they can help people to cope with self-managing the long term condition they are living with, using the concept of mental fitness. For further details, including learning objectives, please visit here


Supporting a Healthy Childhood Policy Priorities for Obesity, Active Lifestyles and Responsibilities

Key Points
  • Policy priorities and implementation of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy expected in Summer;
  • Implications of the Sugar Tax on extra funding for school sports and how this will help to encourage children to have more active lifestyles; and
  • Improving the diets of children and young people, and how to ensure everyone has access to healthy options regardless of background or socioeconomic status.

The Policy-UK Forum: Morning, Thursday, 13th October 2016
Information about Policy-UK can be found on the website along with the other events we are currently running. Should you have any queries, please contact me on or 0845 647 9000


Exploring Beliefs Peer Support Group!

A peer led group for people who identify themselves as experiencing or having experienced paranoia or fearful beliefs .A safe space where people can express themselves without feeling judged .Facilitated by people who have (or have had) similar experiences!

                   Launch Day!    exploring beliefs

Come and find out about this new and exciting project that supports people in an exploration of their experiences around their beliefs!

August 4th 2016 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm  – Connect & Do Space  – 107 Railton Road  Brixton SE24 0LR                                       **Light Refreshments**


Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers – new CQC report on the state of integrated care for older people

The Health and care regulator for England, the Care Quality Commission’s published a report on the state of integrated care for older people in England-  Building bridges, Breaking Barriers”    The report looks at how different health and care services work together to support the needs of older people in England. It warns that despite a widespread commitment for integration across the sectors, progress is needed to better support people who use a number of services, reduce hospital admissions and avoid confusion about where to go for help. building-bridges

Independent living and wellbeing programmes run by Share

As well as working with disabled people preparing for employment, Share works with disabled adults who are aiming to live more independently, seeking greater inclusion, wellbeing, and leisure opportunities, or a combination of these.  At Share, we therefore offer a number of social and leisure activities throughout the year, including working in partnership with other organisations to provide services that will benefit our students. In addition to our mainstream courses, we run regular classes in:

  • Art and Crafts
  • Yoga
  • Creative writing

To find out more about independent living and wellbeing programmes, email or telephone 020 7924 2949.