2014: what a year for the Lewisham Mental Health Connection

An outcome of the 2013 Lewisham Mental Health Conference, the Lewisham Mental Health Connection has gone from strength to strength in 2014.

Our keen early members came together in January 2014 – all very committed to working together to improve mental health in Lewisham.

The spirit of openness and sharing has prevailed throughout 2014, with Lewisham Mental Health Connection members sharing activities, resources, ideas and also joint-funding events in Lewisham.

LMHC members and supporters in 2014 include Quo Vadis Trust, Equinox Lewisham,Bromley & Lewisham Mind, Healthwatch Lewisham, Animals for Therapy, Family Action, Community Connections, Hexagon Housing, Network Arts Lewisham, Voluntary Action Lewisham, This Way Up WellBeing, Volunteer Centre Lewisham, Lewisham Samaritans, Lewisham Parish, Sydenham Garden, Matthew McKenzie (A Caring Mind blog), Penrose and the Mental Health Providers’ Forum.

There have been many highlights of 2014, including collaborative meetings, activities and events – some of them are listed here:

  • monthly Meetup groups which are hosted by different LMHC members (this picture was taken at Newtork Arts Lewisham)

LMHC Meetup at Network Arts

Phoenix Festival 2014

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  • a Mental Health Community Day, hosted by by St Mary’s Church, Lewisham
  • the Lewisham Mental Health Connection Christmas Party, attended by 112 people, with animal therapy, massage and relaxation therapies, a dancing competition, DJs, food, raffle and Mind volunteering opportunities

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Members have also publicised activities including: smoking cessation groups (Family Action); volunteering opportunities (Bromley & Lewisham Mind);  5 Ways to Wellbeing session (VAL); a mental health forum on anxiety (Volunteer Centre Lewisham); open day fundraisers (Animal Days Out);  a World Mental Health Day film & exhibition photography (Equinox Lewisham); an autumn fair (Sydenham Garden); and a Your Voice Counts meeting (Healthwatch Lewisham).

Thanks to all who have so generously contributed their time, commitment, money and passion to the Lewisham Mental Health Connection in 2014.

Lewisham Mental Health Connection Christmas Party

The Lewisham Mental Health Connection Christmas Party finished off 2014 in fantastic style. 112 people came to celebrate with us at the end of the first full year of work for the Lewisham Mental Health Connection. We ate a delicious buffet cooked by Hexagon Housing (Newstead Road). We experienced animal therapy and relaxation therapies provided by Animals for Therapy. The DJs were provided by Quo Vadis Trust. There was a stand and volunteering opportunities, provided by Bromley & Lewisham Mind. Incredible raffle prizes were donated by Quo Vadis Trust, Hexagon, Family Action, Equinox Lewisham and more.

It was an event full of festive cheer, which attracted people to eat, drink, dance and celebrate with us from across Lewisham.

See all the party pics here…