You are invited to Outcome’s Black History Month celebration afternoon, online Tuesday 26 October from 2:00pm-4:00pm
Please come along to celebrate Black History Month, engage in some fun activities, and learn more about Outcome as a mental health service.
Come along to find out more about Outcome, what we are currently offering, and a reminder of how you can refer — and most importantly some fantastic activities, including a museum/art room where you can take a virtual tour of the Black Lives Matter museum, a music room, a film room, and an intersectionality workshop.
Mind recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.
This year, the theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is
Mental Health in an Unequal World.
Right now, our society is more divided than ever.
And too often access to mental health support is determined by where we live or who we are.
It shouldn’t be like this. But we can change things.
The ongoing pandemic and recent lockdown period have been a source of disruption and worry for many people, many of whom have found themselves experiencing worries about their mental health for the first time.
For those with existing disadvantages, the pandemic has brought on even more risk, anxiety and hardship.
At Islington Mind, we have been working throughout these changing times to provide emotional support and practical assistance to anyone experiencing mental health challenges in Islington.
In particular, we have been able to provide targeted help to disadvantaged groups through our specialist mental health projects. These services help to address the gaps in mental health care, while empowering participants to take control of their wellbeing.
Our specialist projects include:
Culturally-specific peer-support groups, e.g., our Black Men’s and Black Women’s groups
Our weekly Women-Only Space
Our Lambo Band, run by and for our service users from racialised communities
Our Mother To Mother peer-support group for female carers of people with mental health conditions
Our London-wide LGBTQ+ weekly social space, Outcome
Our mental health support service for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees, Freedom From Fear To Love
This World Mental Health Day, we want to spread the word about mental health inequality.
Mind is supporting the theme of Mental Health in an Unequal World by encouraging us to Do One Thing to raise awareness of inequality in mental health.
Use Mind’s resources to learn about mental health inequality, add your voice to our campaign, and spread the word.
Arsenal FC, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will support better mental health this summer by taking part in The Mind Series.
Funds raised from the series will be split between Mind and the respective club foundations that deliver projects to support mental health and wellbeing in communities both at home and overseas
Demand for Mind’s services, including its Infoline, has increased exponentially during the pandemic, with latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics showing one in five adults experiencing symptoms of depression, compared to one in 10 prior to the pandemic. Mind’s own survey of 16,000 people during the initial lockdown also found that two in three young people (68 per cent) and three in five adults (60 per cent) said their mental health got worse.
The schedule is as follows:
Arsenal v Chelsea: Sunday, August 1, Emirates Stadium, 3pm (UK time)
Chelsea v Tottenham: Wednesday, August 4, Stamford Bridge, 7.45pm (UK)
Tottenham v Arsenal: Sunday, August 8, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 2pm (UK)
Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: “We’re delighted that Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have come together to back Mind’s work through the Mind Series. We know from our work in the sector, including our charity partnership with the EFL, that football has the power to create real change, not least around mental health.
“The platform that these three huge clubs can provide us with will allow us to get our message out to thousands more people that they have somewhere to turn when they need support. The Mind Series is not only a brilliant way to raise awareness about mental health, it will also provide vital funding for our services at a time when more people than ever need Mind’s help. Our message to fans is simple: whoever you support, Mind is here to support you.”
A new study called YouScreen is launching to help improve cervical screening. YouScreen, led by the Cancer Prevention Trials Unit at King’s College London and the North Central London and North East London Cancer Alliances, gives women and people with a cervix in Islington who are at least 6 months overdue their cervical screening (smear test) the opportunity to take a self-sample for HPV at a time and place that is convenient for them. It is an easy and reliable alternative to booking a cervical screening appointment with the nurse or GP.
If you know someone who is overdue their cervical screening, encourage them to complete and return their kit if they receive one. You can find more information about this study and the self-sample kit for cervical screening at www.smallc.org.uk/youscreen
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust also offers a helpline that provides trustworthy and reliable information, support, and signposting to anyone affected by cervical cancer, cell changes(abnormalities), HPV or prevention concerns. You can contact their helpline on 0808 801 0408.
our choices dictate what we become at every stage of life
if our choices are positive then our life experiences are positive
if our choices are negative, our life experiences are negative
there are two kinds of men in the world
there are clever men and there are wise men
clever men are always busy trying to get out of trouble
wise men never get into trouble
happiness is our birth right
patience is a virtue
By Walton McLaren
Keeping A Smile
I keep a smile ready for any passer-by in the street struggle
They dim their lights in the dead of night fall the hands that switch them around in the nights small like child hands small little fingers crossed though having school offers free plates soup buttered bread washed abandoned grown trown in the bin by fatherly love over there in the corner of the poets ice buckets scones with raspberry jam she gives away to all people who then a thin little blade sharp swings cutting the currants raisins to blend in the soup in that case we do the cooking allowed cabbage patch spuds I press the rose bushes to smelling the fragrance wonderful smell in spite of the weather starring eyes keeping a watchful eye over my shoulder half tipsy topsy you have the afternoon the table below laden in well cured feasible feast eating drinking comes the same as the house on the corner correct we learn that we come to terms in the day time when she brings out the dinner we learn to pass ink that won’t blot on the water spills spilling over who could forget that day the rainfall falling filling the land soaked harvester I keep that smile in that rainfall