Tag Archives: Mental Health

Work and art are helping railway worker cope with her PTSD

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Here, railway worker and West Croydon resident TRACEY FULLER shares her story of how she has found ways of managing her own ill-health Tracey Fuller had a difficult upbringing and faced traumas that … Continue reading

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Online support and phone numbers for Christmas period

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Men’s Mental Health Walk and Talk group, Beddington Park

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Volunteer for free course to become Mental Health first aider

Residents are being encouraged to become mental health first aiders and develop the skills and confidence to support others across their community. This is Mental Health Awareness Week, where the theme is nature and the benefits it can play in … Continue reading

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We shouldn’t take mental health for granted in the ‘new normal’

Earlier this week, RICHARD PACITTI, right, who spent much of his career working for a charity specialising in dealing with the issues raised around mental health, outlined how people have used well-established techniques to help them cope with the past … Continue reading

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We can all deal with lockdown if we put our minds to it

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It has still been possible to lead a ‘mentally healthy lifestyle’, even under pandemic conditions. RICHARD PACITTI offers some helpful advice Like so much else concerned with covid-19, we are “learning as we go” as far as the … Continue reading

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Some Dos and Don’ts for better mental health during lockdown

As the nation prepares for its second lockdown, there’s a growing awareness of the impact the change from a usual routine, and isolation, can have on people’s mental health. Here NOEL McDERMOTT, pictured, a psychotherapist with more than 25 years’ … Continue reading

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Train on a free course to help others suffering the covid blues

The council is offering a two-day online course for residents to become mental health “first aiders”. Funded by Transport for London and the council, the course is in response to findings from charity Mind which showed the scale of the … Continue reading

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Can We Talk? Croydon BME Forum wellbeing workshop, Aug 20

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Mental Health awareness seminar, Thornton Heath, Jun 13

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Pressure of SATs risks creating mental health problems

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The irony meter went off the scale this week, when during Mental Health Awareness Week, thousands of primary-aged children were sitting their SATs. KIRSTIE SMITH, right, argues that our youngsters don’t need such stress just for government data … Continue reading

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Mental Health awareness session, Stanley Halls, Apr 13

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Volunteers needed for workshop on social isolation

Croydon Council is organising a small workshop focusing on social isolation and loneliness. The aim of the session is to record local stories relating to experiencing loneliness and social isolation as well as overcoming isolation or loneliness. The outcome of … Continue reading

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Have your say: NHS mental health services meeting, Nov 9

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Local museum appeals for help to be put in Rankin’s picture

A south London museum is appealing for your support in an online poll which could see it working with Rankin, the renowned portrait photographer. Bethlem Archives and Museum, just the other side of the borough boundary, is the only London … Continue reading

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Seni Lewis case raises “profound and frightening” issues

The death after police intervention of a 23-year-old IT graduate from South Norwood, Seni Lewis, was raised in the House of Commons yesterday by Croydon MP Steve Reed, who told parliament, “The questions that this case raises are profound and … Continue reading

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Lord Cashcroft’s magazine gives festive boost to Barwell

Ah. Tidings of comfort and joy. Croydon Central’s Gavin Barwell has been named as MP of the month by Total Politics magazine, for his work on his mental health reform private member’s bill. Well done Gav! Inside Croydon has welcomed … Continue reading

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Painful memories may lead to opening of the Shop of Hope

Matthews Yard hosted a packed charity benefit gig last night, where a moving reflection was heard from a Purley resident about her son’s suicide, as Patti Boyle sought backing to try to avoid other mothers losing their children in such … Continue reading

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Improve Your Health workshops: Nov 21, Dec 12

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Charity opens counselling centre in Thornton Heath

Family Resource Centre UK, an award-winning national charity, has opened an accessible and low-cost counselling centre in the heart of Thornton Heath. The counselling centre is staffed by a qualified and experienced team of counsellors who are able to see … Continue reading

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“Shamed” MP Barwell’s apologies fail to make amends

Under extreme mental stress when the MP for Croydon Central, ANDREW PELLING says he felt shunned and abandoned by his supposed parliamentary friends. That his mental ill-health was exploited at the General Election by a colleague should have the latest … Continue reading

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Praise for mental health bill MP who calls people “loons”

Many believe that the Right-leaning Spectator magazine, whose recent editors have included Charles “Lord Snooty” Moore, Dominic Lawson, the son of a Tory Chancellor, and Boris Johnson, has been going downhill ever since star columnist Jeffrey Bernard became terminally unwell.

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