IAPT Lewisham: what they do and how to refer

Julie Odele, Community Development Worker for the IAPT Service in Lewisham, came to present at the Lewisham Mental Health Connection February Meetup.

Julie informed LMHC members about the IAPT Lewisham service, which is a free and confidential NHS service, offering a range of psychological therapies to adults 18 years and over, who are registered with a Lewisham GP or live in the borough of Lewisham.

You can access the service using IAPT Lewisham’s referral process, which is available here.

Julie’s full presentation she gave to the Lewisham Mental Health Connection is available for download here:
IAPT Lewisham presentation

For more information about IAPT Lewisham, contact Julie Odele – julie.odele@nhs.net or 020 3049 2487.


Animals for Therapy: how to get involved

At the February Meetup of the Lewisham Mental Health Connection, we were lucky enough to have a presentation from Victoria McHolland-Pilcher. Victoria is the Education and Therapy Programme Director from Animals for Therapy, which is part of Animal Days Out CIC.

Animals for Therapy provide Animal Assisted Activities And Animal Assisted Therapy for individuals, groups, parents and professionals. They offer therapeutic sessions and workshops for many types of groups, schools with special needs provision, residential homes, day centres, hospitals and private health. Their services provide opportunities for children, young people and adults including disadvantaged, disability and community groups, offering a wide range of interactive animal, nature and horticultural based activities.

You can download the Animals For Therapy Agent Referral Form and the Self-Referral form here:
AFT Agent Referral Form
AFT Self Referral Form

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Get your tickets for ‘So U Think I’m Crazy?’ at The Albany Theatre

Back - Just can't copeKnow My Mind community group have been sponsored by 2 Lewisham Mental Health Connection founder members to perform ‘So U Think I’m Crazy?’ at The Albany Theatre, Deptford.

Quo Vadis Trust and Equinox Lewisham made the sponsorship commitment at the Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2014, after a direct appeal from Know My Mind to help raise awareness of black and minority ethnic mental health issues.

‘So U Think I’m Crazy?’ blends poetry, lyrical rap, dance and music. The performance is scheduled for Friday 20th March, 7.30pm, and will be followed by a Q&A panel debate.

Visit The Albany Theatre website.
Call The Albany Theatre box office: 020 8692 4446


For more information, contact Charlotte Tarrant on 07761 235 485.

Dementia books: now available at Lewisham libraries

People with dementia and their families, friends and carers can now get help from 25 specially-selected books available in Lewisham’s libraries.

Dementia books, The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency has worked with experts, people with dementia and carer groups to produce the list of books to provide a ‘self-help’ health and wellbeing service through reading.

The books provide factual information and advice, as well as personal accounts by those who have encountered dementia first hand.

The book list with further information is available here. 

All the books are also available on display in any of Lewisham’s libraries.

For more information, please contact Joan Redding, Service Development Manager, Lewisham Library & Information Service: joan.redding@lewisham.gov.uk .