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Mind in Harrow 2017 AGM

Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM on Wednesday and made it such a huge success! Mind in Harrow hope that you had an enjoyable evening and look forward to seeing you again next year.

This year, we were joined by Geoff McDonald - international speaker, campaigner and speaker on mental health stigma in the corporate world. Geoff delivered an inspiring and passionate speech by sharing his own challenges overcoming anxiety and depression, along with the importance of creating awareness and providing education about mental health in the workplace. He emphasised his long term goal in ensuring that every employee in every workplace felt confident to discuss their mental health openly at work.

Our Head for Work Project provided the audience with a snapshot of some of the elements of the mental health awareness training they deliver to organisations.  Thanks to Mumbi, Peter and Dawn who took part and lead with an energiser to get the blood flowing, an interactive exercise to explore stigma around mental health and an explanation of the significance of personal pledges.

Mental Health is still a taboo subject in many workplaces. At Mind in Harrow we are committed to help organisations start their conversations about mental health at work.  If you are interested in finding out more about our training and the services we can offer, please contact Hanlie Burger on 0208 515 7861 or e-mail H.Burger@mindinharrow.org.uk You can also download our Head for Work leaflet for more information.

If you would like to train to become an accredited Mental Health Awareness Trainer on the Head for Work programme, we are currently enrolling candidates, so would love to hear from you. Find out more here and visit the Head for Work page for further details and to download the application form. 



Christmas Closure

Mind in Harrow will be closing our office and services over the Christmas and New Year period.  Mind in Harrow will close from 5pm on Thursday 21st December 2017 and will re-open again at 9.00am Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Mind in Harrow would like to thank everyone for their continued support over the last year and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2018!

We understand that Christmas can be a difficult time of the year for many. If you need support with your mental health during this period, the following services are available to contact:

NHS mental health services during office hours (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

During office hours your first point of contact should be the person that you usually see (your care coordinator, or named lead professional). Their contact details, or the contact details of your care team, are contained in your care plan and on your Crisis Card.

NHS mental health services out of hours (5pm-9am, Monday to Friday; and Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays)

There is a single point of contact if you, or a friend or relative, are experiencing a mental health crisis out-of-hours which provides advice, support and signposting. The CNWL Single Point of Access number is 0800 0234 650.

If you have injured yourself or are in immediate danger of doing so, visit your nearest A&E department – in Harrow, this is at Northwick Park Hospital.

For listening support

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to talk to anyone who needs confidential emotional support. National Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, while Harrow Samaritans can be contacted on 020 8427 7777. Harrow Samaritans are also available to speak to in person at their 44 Station Road centre – please see their webpage for opening hours.