Mind in Haringey
Mind in Haringey is a registered charity that exists to support those affected by mental ill-health in Haringey through the provision of high quality services either in their own lives, work or engagement with their communities in Haringey. The organisation was formed in 1974. The first service was a Sunday lunch club, run by volunteers which evolved into an activities centre. Mind in Haringey has a strong reputation and throughout its history has been a leading mental health organisation in Haringey maintaining a focus on mental health services and the issue of mental health.
The organisation has good partnerships with Haringey Borough Council and NHS Haringey.
One in four people are affected by mental health in Haringey, out of a population of 225,000 that's over 54,000 people. This includes 2,413 children and young people. There are 15,987 carers in Haringey. We believe strongly in raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health.
We work with young people needing mental health support aged between 14 and
25 and adults, providing services such as counselling, advocacy, group Cognitive behavioural therapy and a number of wellbeing workshops.
Mind in Haringey in the News
Andy Burnham: Dismisses Cameron’s ‘happiness agenda’
Andy Burnham shadow health secretary has dismissed Cameron’s
‘happiness agenda’ (each authority measuring the happiness of
their residents with a 200,000 sample). ‘Talking about mental health
in terms of happiness has become the modern way of talking about
mental health:’mental health is happiness’. And I don’t think it is. It is
slightly in danger of becoming a middle-class construct’. The WHO
predicts that by 2030 more people will be affected by depression
than any other health problem. Britain spends 1.7% of its national
budget on mental health care.
Pause For Thought
Scientists at Edinburgh’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine have
created brain tissue ‘from patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar
depression and other mental illnesses.’ They make neurons from a
scrap of skin genetically identical to those in that person’s brain. This is
ostensibly to test platforms for new drugs. What do you think? What if
someone recovers? is the disorder still in ‘the brain’?
The Matthew Elvidge Trust
Newish charity worth following The Matthew Elvidge Trust supporting
and making people aware of the signs of depression and how to
deal with it. Also fundraising. www.thematthewelvidgetrust.com
Charlotte’s Blog on bipolar
I’ve been undergoing a course of CBT with a National Health Service
clinical psychologist. We’ve been working on recognising the
thoughts and feelings that go with my bipolar mood states and devising
strategies for managing my behaviour. Finally I am getting to the
point when I can say to myself, “uh-oh, that’s not Charlotte thinking –
that’s hypomania in the driving seat!” Hypomania has been a particularly
state for me to get to grips with because until last year although
I recognised my depressions only too well, I had no idea that many of
the behaviours I felt the most ashamed of were due to hypomania or
bipolar irritability. I’m starting to be able to challenge my own thinking,
and am just beginning to take steps to curb the worst of my problem
behaviours, but it’s going to be a long, slow road.
Source: MIND in Haringey Press Release