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Redbridge Concern Enews Bulletin

Too many people with mental health problems get too little help too late. Many get nothing at all

NHS England’s taskforce on mental health has launched its report. Over 20,000 people who live with a mental health problem or work in the mental health sector told the taskforce they want timely access to good quality mental health services, their mental and physical health needs to be treated equally and a bigger focus is placed on preventing mental health problems.

Jon Abrams, Redbridge Concern for Mental Health said:
"We welcome the report and the vision for better mental health support and a fairer health and care system.

"However, the Taskforce report lays bare the inequality at the heart of the NHS. One in four of us in Redbridge will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in our lives. But the simple fact is that too many people with mental health problems get too little help too late. Indeed, as the Chief Medical Officer has pointed 75% of people with diagnosable mental illness receive no treatment at all. 

"The increased resources, therefore, are strongly welcomed. But it will take much longer than 5 years to create a fairer and healthier Redbridge for all." 

Have your say! - CQC Mental Health Inspection of NELFT

Date: Wednesday 30 March 2016
Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
Venue: Gloucester Room, Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1EA

The CQC as part of its Mental Health Inspection of NELFT will be coming along to our Run Up Service User Network Meeting to listen to people with lived experience of mental health problems who have used NELFT services. 

The CQC is responsible for inspection of NHS trusts. Inspections are carried out by a mixture of inspectors, healthcare professionals and Experts by Experience, and assess whether the service overall is: safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. 

If you would like to come along and share your experiences of using mental health services then please contact Chris Day:

Contact: Chris Day

Job Opportunity - Service User Representatives

Hours: Sessional
Hourly Rate - £9.40 per hour
Location: London Borough of Redbridge
Closing Date: 5pm Friday 18th March 2016
Interview Date: Week commencing 28th March 2016
Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund we have an exciting opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic individuals to work with our service user led service RUN-UP on the Next Steps project. 

The main duties of the post holders will be to represent service user views at various meetings and forums and to deliver presentations that challenge the stigma and discrimination which people with mental health issues face in their daily life.  No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.

To receive an application pack 
download the application pack here 

If you would like to find out more about the role please contact Charmaine:


What Is Depression? Let This Animation With A Dog Shed Light On It

At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help.

However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery. 

Watch the video here

Improving Access to psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Everyday life can be tough for anyone. Our talking therapies are free NHS services that can help with a range of problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and relationship problems.

Our services are confidential and easy to access. Simply complete  the online patient referral or call us direct on one of the numbers below and we’ll arrange an initial telephone appointment. Together we will decide the right treatment for you, if we feel that another service will better be able to support you will provide you with the necessary information or make the referral for you.

Call us between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and we will book you an appointment for an initial assessment. Outside of office hours you can leave your name and contact details on our answerphones and we will phone you back as soon as we can.

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An Audience with Stephen Greenhalgh Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime, (MOPAC) London

Thursday 10th March 2016, 7:30pm – 9:15pm
 Aldborough Room, Fullwell Cross Library

Barkingside 21 invites you to a meeting with the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, London. Stephen Greenhalgh will be talking about the Mayor’s priorities for a safer London; crime in London – current and future challenges; neighbourhood policing and police funding. 

This is an open event with a capacity of 100 attendees, so be early.

For further details e-mail 

We are looking for volunteers to join our Dementia Befriending Scheme 

Would you like to help reduce isolation and loneliness for people with early stage dementia? If you have a minimum of one hour a week to give you can help us to offer much neded support to those who are isolated and lonely.

For an informal chat and to book a place please contact Redbridge Concern for Mental Health on or email 

DH seeks views on what counts as 'inappropriate out of area treatment'

The Department of Health is aiming to reduce the practice of sending people long distances for mental health hospital care, for treatment that you should be able to get closer to home. To do this they need to define what counts as inappropriate out of area treatment in acute mental health care.

They are keen to get the views of people with lived experience, especially people who have been in hospital for acute mental health treatment, including people who have been sent out of area, and family or friends of people who have had these experiences.

Please share your views in this
5 minute survey

Redbridge Council review of voluntary sector grants

The London Borough of Redbridge has commissioned a review of its current grant programmes for the voluntary and community sector. 

The grant programmes are one of the vehicles that the Council has used in the past to work with local groups to deliver and/or to test out new and innovative ways of delivering services in the community. However, in the light of the changing priorities and financial pressures, this comprehensive review aims to enable the council to better support the ambitions of the Corporate Strategy and the Fairness Commission report.

You can complete the survey here

There will also be a series of engagement events, for representatives to explore and feed into the review process in more detail.

  • 08 March 7pm to 9pm in the Hainault Room at Fullwell Cross Library
  • 11 March, 10am to 12 noon in the York Room at Ilford Central Library

 If you would like to attend one of the events please email  or phone   to book a place. (Booking is not essential) 

Health & Wellbeing Open Forum

Tuesday 8 March 2016
6.30pm to 8.30pm

This is an Open Forum marking International Women’s Day

This open forum builds on the previous workshop held last November. It aims to further increase our understanding of wellbeing and awareness of the issues surrounding mental distress with contributions from those who have lived experience.
  • How can we care for ourselves & support others to maintain wellbeing?
  • How can we stop the stigma of mental illness?
For more information, and to reserve your FREE place contact: Karen/Saira on
or email: 

Venue: Buddhist Cultural Centre, 9 Balfour Road, Ilford IG1 4HP

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