A huge thank you to all of you who came out to our “Pizza, Politics and Mental Health” event at the Three Stags on Monday evening. I was blown away by the open, inclusive and positive atmosphere - and completely inspired by Norman Lamb’s talk and Q&A. We are so fortunate to be able to learn from his experiences (personal and political) and we are determined to carry this energy forward into our local council campaigning and beyond!
Furthermore, we raised a fantastic £137.57 for the charity Cocoon Family Support. The money will go directly to help local families who are struggling with mental illness. These mums (and dads) are often falling through the gaps in current service provision for mild to moderate Perinatal mental illness, and Rosie and her small team of volunteers do an incredible job.
The official Time To Talk Day 2018 is happening TODAY and there is still time to get involved. Take a look at their website for ideas and resources.
Remember: you don’t have to be an expert to talk about mental health!
Just reach out and ask someone how they are doing. Perhaps somebody you haven’t heard from in a while, or who has pulled out of a few social events. As Time To Change are emphasising this year, you can talk about mental health anywhere, any time!
Finally, we just wanted to sign post you to some more local resources (in terms of mental health, services and other events). We hope this is useful, and builds on all the enthusiasm and connections made in the room at the event!
- Forthcoming events at South London & the Maudsley. Did you know that membership of SLaM is open to the general public? Sign up and you will receive news of events and other activities going on throughout the Trust.
- Take a look at what Healthwatch Lambeth are doing to shine a light on mental health services across the borough (such as the future of community mental health services). Get in touch with the Healthwatch team and have your say!
- Black Thrive (the partnership for black well-being) have been doing groundbreaking work in Lambeth. There are so many different ways to get involved and support them at https://www.blackthrive.org.uk.
- Did you know that anybody can “self refer” themselves to NHS talking therapies? The local IAPT service provides basic cognitive behavioural therapy and can be accessed here: https://slam-iapt.nhs.uk/self-referral/
- Finally, please do check out the work of the Dragon Cafe, who provide much needed support services at their regular Monday “pop up” in the crypt of St George’s church, Borough High Street (Mondays, 12-8pm). It’s a great place to volunteer, too. http://dragoncafe.co.uk
With huge thanks to The Three Stags pub, and all our members and friends who helped with the event.
Lambeth Lib Dems events team