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

ADO Flyer

ADO Flyer




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 .

“Thinking Big Together” – Lewisham Mental Health Connection in 2015

LMHC Thinking Big Together meeting 16.1.15

23 brilliant brains came together on Friday 16th January 2015 for the Lewisham Mental Health Connection ‘Thinking Big Together’ planning meeting for 2015.

Pictured are LMHC members, including many with lived experience of mental ill health. in attendance were representatives from Quo Vadis Trust, Hexagon Housing (Newstead Road), Equinox Lewisham, Animals for Therapy, Bromley & Lewisham Mind, Community Connections, SLaM, A Caring Mind, Penrose, IAPT Lewisham, Network Arts, the Mental Health Providers Forum and Family Action – who give their time, ideas and energy to planning collaborative events and initiatives in Lewisham borough, to improve mental health and wellbeing in 2015.

The Lewisham Mental Health Connection have already proved in 2014 that we can achieve very positive things to benefit people with mental health needs in Lewisham and surrounding areas. There’s lots to do in 2015 and we welcome all to join us – including people with lived experience of mental ill health and recovery, family and friends, mental health professionals, carers and local people with an interest in volunteering.

To find out more about Lewisham Mental Health Connection and to attend our monthly Meetups, please sign up free here to keep informed.

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





  • 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



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…

Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2014


On 11th September 2014, 118 delegates attended the Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2014. Following on from the first conference in 2013, delegates came together to ‘connect, collaborate and celebrate’.

Sponsored by Quo Vadis Trust and Equinox Lewisham, and supported by Voluntary Action Lewisham, the conference offered a range of learning and development opportunities for delegates, including workshops from IAPT Lewisham, Bromley & Lewisham Mind, Voluntary Action Lewisham, HeadStart Lewisham, Social Spider CIC, Lewisham Samaritans, Healthwatch Lewisham and Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark Employment Pathways.

You can read the full Lewisham Mental Health Conference evaluation here, which comprises feedback from 46 of the 118 delegates.

To find out more about Lewisham Mental Health Connection, sign up free to the LMHC Meetup site here.

More conference pictures









Lewisham Mental Health Connection – launch event


The Lewisham Mental Health Connection – a collaboration of mental health providers and service users in Lewisham – has launched on a bright midsummer’s day in Lewisham.

On Tuesday 24th June, the network put on a free public event at Hexagon Housing aimed at people who experience mental ill health, carers and family members, as well as professionals in the mental health field.

Over 150 guests enjoyed barbecue food and drinks, animal therapy provided by Animal Days Out indoor and outdoor games, art therapy and music.

Speaking at the launch event, Councillor Chris Best (Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Older People) said: “I welcome the Lewisham Mental Health Connection. It’s inspiring to see so much on offer here today for people who experience mental ill health. There are many great things to do in Lewisham – leisure activities and free film screenings, for example. No-one in Lewisham needs to feel isolated at home.”