Kol Chai Wellbeing Group

We have recently established a small Wellbeing Working Group at Kol Chai.

Our objective is to plan and present a series of wellbeing events together with information evenings and talks for all our members on various aspects of mental health and wellbeing.

By doing so our aim is to help and support each other. In the long term we would like to run a skill development programme for volunteers at Kol Chai.

If you are interested in joining the group or have any ideas for future events, please contact Isobel on [email protected].

Kol Chai is a member of Harrow Citizens. Our Citizens Mental Health Action Team have compiled two Directories of mental health services and health and wellbeing support that you may find useful. They are called General Directory for Adults and Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing.

The first is a general Directory for Adults and the second is specifically for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing support services.

For Members of Kol Chai please remember that if you are feeling lonely, anxious or depressed, or you have a family member or friend who you are worried about, you can always contact our Community Care Co-ordinator in confidence.

Other useful resources on Mental Health

The BBC Website has new pages on mental health. Called “Headroom”, it provides a range of tips and tools to support your mental health

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/YfRzhXDKSZQxFVn30TlXBj/your-mental-health-toolkit

There are lots of mental health resources for children, families and schools, on the Anna Freud Website.

The content in the link below has been developed by the Anna Freud Centre staff to provide advice and guidance to parents and carers who may be
supporting and child or young person who may be struggling with poor mental health.

https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/resources/

For young people, On My Mind webpages aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing. The pages have been co-produced by young people to help other young people.

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind

Jami (www.jamiuk.org) is a mental health charity serviing the Jewish community. Jami’s Head Room Café events are online. The link below takes you to the online programme

https://headroomcafe.org/whats-on

Reform Judaism has produced a Mental Health and Wellbeing Directory which lists a variety of National and Jewish charities offering mental health support.

https://www.reformjudaism.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/wellbeing-directory.pdf

Good Thinking, the digital mental wellbeing for London (www.good-thinking.uk) has launched the five ways to wellbeing and Judaism produced in collaboration with Jami, in consultation with Rabbi Miriam Berger and Rabbi Daniel Epstein and with the support of The London Jewish Forum, Maccabi GB and the London Borough of Barnet. This expanded resource is to meet the growing demand for mental health support across London and its diverse communities and to provide curated resources that feel more culturally appropriate for faith communities.

https://www.healthylondon.org/resource/five-ways-to-wellbeing-and-judaism/

Local support in Harrow

Harrow Rethink Support Group is open to carers, people living with mental illness and their families and friends. The group provides mutual support, as well as helpful information via monthly evening meetings and monthly newsletter, which is available by email and post. The Group also aims to improve local mental health policies and services by promoting members’ views at local and national meetings.

https://www.rethink.org/help-in-your-area/support-groups/harrow-rethink-support-group/

Mind in Harrow has a wealth of information, both local and national on its website

https://www.mindinharrow.org.uk

Harrow Talking Therapies

This is a free, confidential NHS service which provides psychological treatment for depression and anxiety disorders.

www.talkingtherapies.cnwl.nhs.uk/harrow

Harrow Carers website has a page devoted to mental health and wellbeing

https://harrowcarers.org/mental-health/