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Mental health crisis care 'inadequate' .

The Care Quality Commission has recently published a report reviewing the help given to people in mental health crisis. The regulator said the system was "struggling to cope".

The report highlighted what it described as a "lack of compassion" from A&E staff. Patients were also asked about the attitudes of staff towards them. Staff working for charities and volunteers received the most positive ratings, while staff in A&E received the worst.

The report also highlighted the experiences of a number of patients. One said: "It was approximately seven hours before I got crisis support and that was only a call not a visit, which would have been more useful."

Jon Abrams, Redbridge Concern for Mental Health said: "The report does not come as a surprise to us as we regularly talk to people in crisis. The fact is that in quite a few instances the only option for people trying to access crisis services is to pitch up at their local emergency department. Crisis care is another stark example of the lack of equality between mental and physical health."

'Failure' on disability hate crime changes

Victims of disability hate crime are still being let down by the justice system, a report has concluded. The Criminal Justice Inspectorate said police, prosecutors, and probation services had failed to bring about much-needed change over the past two years.

Its follow-up review comes after a critical report in March 2013. The CPS, police and probation service said they were committed to working together to improve their approach.

Read the full story here
Challenging stigma and discrimination

Afternoon. Another new week, a new presentation to do on mental health, and though I’ve only done a few so far, this one is by far the best.

I made my way to a local adult education college, where a class was being held on mental health awareness. I had a colleague to present with, she was a member of the class to start with, so that was a big advantage.

We had a touch screen to use to illustrate our points, I felt like one of those news readers or weather presenters! Very swish. But it was what came out of our mouths that was important – the message about stigma and discrimination.

It went superbly well, I was quite nervous again, but once I started I was fine. My colleague again was in top form, but my weaknesses were not in evidence today. I put across the message well, I hope.

Read more about Ian's experiences and recovery journey here

World Music Day - Forest Farm Peace Garden

Forest Farm Peace Garden is an organic community garden in Hainault, located on a beautiful two-acre site with vegetable beds, fruit trees and a herb garden.

Come and join us on Sunday 12th July 2015 from 12 noon to  4.30pm for our annual World Music Day event at Forest Farm Peace Garden!

It is a free event featuring brilliant world music performers, along with food stalls, and activities for children such as recycled drums making, yoga for kids, natural messy play and crafts! There will be health and wellbeing treatments demonstrations,  a free herbal walk, a foraging walk, and many more activities.

Contact:  Anna

Ubuntu Arts Workshop

Ubuntu Arts are a London based non-profit art collective and are currently seeking artists to create and exhibit work based on the following theme: 'Lost & Found', using discarded items and recycled materials. 

Benefit from over 8 hours of practical and professional art tutorials. And, there is also an opportunity to participate in a exhibition at Redbridge Central Library in October. 

The are 2 workshops which are being run from The Art Room in Goodmayes Hospital:
  • Thursday 30th July to Thursday 20th August, 2pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 3rd September to Thursday 24th September, 2pm to 4pm

If you would like to register for the above workshops please contact Ubuntu Arts via email or alternatively pick up an enrolment form from the IAPT Therapy Centre or come along to the Art Room at Goodmayes Hospital on Thursdays 9th,16th and 23rd July  between 2pm and 4pm to enrol

Round Up of Local Events
  • Shaping NHS Services for Diverse Communities, 3 July, 9am to 1pm
    An opportunity for voluntary and community sector organisations to engage with the public sector organisation on commissioning and delivery of services across Waltham Forest, Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham.
  • Have your say on fairness in Redbridge
    RedbridgeCVS will be running three “Open-Space” meetings for local people - in June and July - to share their ideas and concerns and to let the Fairness Commission know what they feel are the most important issues facing Redbridge.
  • Local Forum meeting - your voice matters, 22 July, 6pm - 8.45pm, Karamsar Centre (Formerly the Ilford County Court Building). The Forums are held every month at venues across the Borough, where issues such as; planning, litter, public health, safety, parking, benefits and housing can be discussed. In fact, you can raise any Council-related queries you wish.
  • Peer Support Group - 2 July, 11am
  • Fairlop Fair Saturday 4th July
  • Run Up Network Meeting - 29 July, 5.30pm
Talking Therapies in Redbridge

If you are over 18 and are not already being treated and  experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, relationship difficulties, obsessive behaviour, stress or post traumatic stress disorder North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) offers therapies for individuals and couples who are over 18 so i
To find out more contact talking therapies:

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  • refer on-line:
Deferred Payments Policy

The new Care Act establishes a universal deferred payments scheme with the intention that people should not be forced to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for their care.

Redbridge Council would like your views on how the Deferred Payments Policy sets out how Redbridge will implement the legal requirements which are set out in Sections 34 to 36 of the Care Act 2014 and The Care and Support (Deferred Payment) Regulations 2014.

You can complete the online survey here

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