Mental Health Awareness Week at the Forum


CikQDpQWsAAH1G8This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is focused on relationships.

Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems. These are the supportive connections we share with friends, family and our community -investing in these relationships is critical to our health and wellbeing.

Croydon BME Forum and our partner Off the Record Croydon, as part of the BME Mental Health Community Development Workers Project, today held an event to mark the start of the week.

The event included a ‘Mental Health – National Overview’ by CDW Tanya Ojukwu; A short film, ‘So you think I am Crazy’ by Know my Mind which was followed by a talk from Know my Mind’s Ekanem Hines; ‘Domestic Abuse and Unhealthy Relationships’ by Irene Kafeero of Croydon Council; and ‘Coping with Bereavement by Terry Crooke.

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, Assistant Clinical Chair of NHS Croydon  Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “If you’re having mental health problems, you’re not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.

“Remember mental health is just as important as your physical health, life changes, such as getting a regular good night’s sleep, keeping to a healthy diet, reducing your alcohol intake and getting regular exercise, can help you feel more in control and more able to cope.”

The advice from health professionals is that if you’ve been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks or your anxiety is affecting your daily life; make an appointment to speak to your GP.

Mental Health Awareness Week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and aims to raise awareness of mental health to fight discrimination and stigma and promote good mental wellbeing. You can show support by wearing the Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 badge – download from the Metal Health Foundation website.

Support and help is available for young people, visit the NHS young mental health webpage, a hub for young people with advice on depression, anxiety, self-harm, stress, bullying and eating disorders.

To find out more about Mental Health Week visit

Directory of mental health services and support in Croydon

Croydon offers a range of services for supporting people with their Mental Health and Wellbeing. The CCG website has further information

A full directory of mental health services and support available in Croydon can be found on the MIND In Croydon Website – . Whether you are suffering from mental health difficulties yourself, or you have a friend or family member who is struggling, you can use this directory to find support.

If you are caring for someone with Mental Health difficulties, remember to look after yourself too. The Rethink – Carer’s Support Centre in George Street, Central Croydon, provide support, advocacy, advice and information. To find out more, visit:

Local events in Croydon for Mental Health Awareness Week

Provider Event
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). IAPT is a free a confidential NHS Service, that offers a range of psychological therapies.


  • IAPT Information Stall – Whitgift Centre – Saturday 21st May 2016, all day
  • Craft stall at St. Mildred’s Church, New Addington, all week
  • Chat & Meet up group, focussing on relationships (can be attended by anyone living with depression/anxiety, being seen by IAPT) – Clock Tower Café (Next to the Town Hall) Friday 20th May
  • Friends in Need will host a ‘Coffee shop Meet-up’, Matthews Yard Café, Saturday 21st May.

Find out more about IAPT on the website:

Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) support local people get involved in Community Activity in the borough of Croydon.
  • CVA will be celebrating positive arrangements that have developed from the Asset Based Community Development project.
  • Check out CVA’s newsletter, which will focus on Mental Health Awareness and will highlight local, inspirational stories. Sign up for updates here:

Follow CVA on twitter on @CroydonVA and on YouTube.

Off the Record (OTR) provide Mental Health counselling and talking therapy services for children & young people (14-25 years), coping with common mental health problems.


  • Off the Record – A Talk for Teenagers and Young People, Tuesday 17th May 2016, 4:30pm, Thornton Heath Library, 190 Brigstock Road, Croydon, CR7 7JB.
  • OTR run a programme of weekly interactive webinars for young people up to the age of 25 (known as skycasts). The Skycast during MH Awareness Week will have the theme of relationships and is called ‘Managing Conflicts’ on 17th May @ 7pm. You can find out more details on skycasts here:
  • Watch out for updates on Facebook and Twitter – (OffTheRecordCroydon & @otrcroydon)

Further details on all OTR services on the .

Croydon BME Forum is the Umbrella organisation for BME voluntary and community sector in Croydon: engaging people; building capacity; equality and cohesion.
  • Tue 17th May 2016, 12:30-14:00. Croydon BME Forum, Palmcroy House, 387 London Road, CR0 3PB. Join Croydon BME Forum & Off the Record for a FREE TALK about Mental Health and Relationships. FREE Light Refreshments Available.
  • Keep an eye out for updates on Facebook & Twitter, for other CBME Forum MH Awareness Week events – (cbmeforum & @croydonbmeforum)

For further details & to sign-up to the CBME Forum newsletter, visit the website:

Hear Us is one of Croydon’s Mental Health Service User Groups, which act as a coordinating body to facilitate and ensure service user involvement


  • For updates on local Mental Health related events & services, take a look at the Hear Us website
Croydon Memory Service provides early assessment, treatment and care for people, aged over 18 years, who have memory problems that may be associated with dementia.
  • Croydon Memory Service staff will have a stand either by the Oasis Restaurant or in the main entrance area of CUH on Monday 16th May, Wednesday 18th May and Friday 20th May and will be there to answer questions and provide information to staff and members of the public.
Imagine provides User-Led Groups across the borough, which are focused on participation, respect, choice and tolerance.
  • Group members are supported to become involved in the running of their own group, from holding regular member’s meetings to making decisions on how the budget is spent and organising events.
  • No need to be referred. Just turn up to join and become a member

For further information please ring our main number 020 8253 7078  or email


Imagine Mentoring & Befriending Services – This service provides individuals with the opportunity to pair up with a ‘befriender’ who shares similar interests so that together, they can access mainstream activities within the community.
  • This is a referral service only – requiring referral from GP or from Community Health Teams.
  • Aimed at promoting natural supportive relationships, this service helps build confidence within individuals, empower them to access opportunities they may not have done alone and encourage the development of skills and interests.
  • For further information about the Mentoring & Befriending service please ring 020 8253 7069 or

Our website is . Please follow us on twitter @imagineindep01.


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