Mind Leaders' Conference 2016
Just finished national Mind's Leaders' Conference 2016 at Milton Keynes. The best of the four annual events I've attended.
Excellent speakers, workshops and brief "spotlight" presentations on innovative developments from across England and Wales.
The Mind Network is evidently in very good shape, with a strong sense of cohesion and direction. The challenge now is to convert that into local action for the benefit of Hillingdon residents, and the London Region.
Thanks to the "Posse"
Many thanks to the "Posse" who raised £2315.00 for Hillingdon Mind at their bike exhibition and fund-raising event at the Gate, Northwood, in August. This is a valuable contribution to our work supporting people who have mental health issues.
Fartuun Abdirahman : Somali Information and Advice
We are very pleased that Fartuun Abdirahman recently took up post as Somali Information and Advice Co-ordinator.
Fartuun has an academic background in psychology and counselling, and her work experience includes employment with Hillingdon Hospital Urgent Care Centre (Health Connector), Hillingdon CCG (Health Connector), the Gowraar Foundation, and Ealing DAIS (Drugs, Alcohol, Interventions, Support).
The purpose of the service is to provide information and advice to members of the Somali communities in Hillingdon who are experiencing mental health issues.
The expected service Outcomes are :
# members of the Somali communities will report an enhanced understanding of the local pathways to mental health support;
# members of the Somali communities will report increased access to primary care mental health support;
# faith and community leaders within the Somali communities will report a better awareness of mental health issues.
Information and/or advice may be given on the telephone or in a face-to-face interview at a mutually convenient location in the local community.
People seeking information or advice should contact
, or telephone 020 8573 862. The Co-ordinator may give immediate information or advice on the telephone, or arrange a face-to-face meeting. In some instances the Co-ordinator may refer the enquirer to another service or agency, but will always seek prior consent.
Fartuun works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and is based at our office in Hayes.
Supporting Young People
Although he is not unknown to us, having been a long-standing volunteer Befriender, we are very pleased to welcome Michael Tooley to the Hillingdon Mind team as Young People's Support Co-ordinator. Michael will be working initially with a group of young people to co-design a range of initiatives to help young people (16-25) strengthen their emotional resilience, promote their well-being and mental health recovery, and support them in accessing mainstream community resources including learning, training, employment and leisure.
This is a significant development for Hillingdon Mind as it extends its offer of mental health promotion and support for people within the Borough.
Support for Carers
On 4th August Ramandeep Dhillon will be joining our team as Hillingdon Mind's first Carers' Support Co-ordinator. This is an exciting initiative, as part of the Hillingdon Carers' Partnership, to deliver more robust support for unpaid carers who experience mental health issues, or who care for people who have mental health issues.
Raman previously worked for Rethink Mental Illness, and we are very keen she should continue the work of supporting the Wednesday carers' group. But she will also be working with other colleagues within the partnership to develop a co-design approach to the development of carers' support in Hillingdon, and undertaking wide-ranging outreach to carers in the Borough who have hitherto not been supported adequately.
"Since joining Mind in 2013 I have very much wanted to address the lack of support for carers who experience, or are affected by, mental health issues. So I am particularly pleased that we have the opportunity to take on this work - a further development of the support we offer the people of Hillingdon" : Christopher Geake, Director of Hillingdon Mind and formerly CEO of the City and Hackney Carers' Centre.