Spotlight on World Mental Health Day

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Spotlight on World Mental Health Day

This newsletter is for everyone working with children and adults in Waltham Forest.

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World Mental Health Day - how you can help!

mental health day

World Mental Health Day is marked on Monday October 10 2022. The day aims to raise awareness of mental health matters around the globe and to promote positive change for mental health advocacy. 

With one-in-four adults and one-in-ten children experiencing mental illness during their lifetime, as professionals it’s important to know that there’s a range of support services available for people in the borough. 

Talking Therapies is one of the many confidential services for people in the borough. It’s for those aged 18+ who are registered with a GP in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.  

The service can help with:  

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Difficulty coping with daily life and relationships 
  • Employment support
  • Managing long COVID-19
  • Low mood
  • Worry caused by long-term conditions 
  • Stress

People accessing Talking Therapies can make a self-referral by completing the online form or by calling 0300 300 1554 option 4, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. 

Improved mental health and well-being is associated with a range of better outcomes for people of all ages and backgrounds. This includes improved physical health and life expectancy from reduced health risk behaviours such as smoking and alcohol misuse. 

Improve mental health with Good Thinking

Good Thinking is London’s free NHS-approved digital mental wellbeing service for people living and working in London. It promotes proactive self-care for the four most common mental health conditions: anxiety, low mood, sleeping difficulties and stress, and uses digital technologies to provide confidential, high-quality support that people can access for free 24/7 – at home, at work or on the tube. 

NHS Good Thinking

Make Every Contact Count


Make Every Contact Count training aims to build confidence, knowledge and skills required for good conversations and provide professionals with resources specific to supporting people to take better care of their health and well-being.

After completing the training, professionals will be able to:

  • Understand the range of factors that influence residents’ health and wellbeing
  • Be ready to engage residents in short conversations about these issues
  • Draw on a range of talking skills that help a good conversation
  • Be able to find information, tools and services to help people improve their health and wellbeing

Sign up for make Every Contact Count training 

Safeguarding Adults Week 2022 programme

SAW 2022

Waltham Forest's Safeguarding Adults Board is proud to present this year's programme for Safeguarding Adults Week 2022!

How can I support? Sign up for and share links to training (which covers emerging safeguarding themes) across your teams 

On Monday 21 November, 10 to 11.30am: Safeguarding and self-neglect: how to support when a person is making unwise decisions (with mental capacity element)  – co-delivered by NELFT Named Professional for Safeguarding Adults' Matt Lazard and ASC Team manager, Tim Stubley

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On Tuesday 22 November, 11 to 12pm: Fire risks: the dangers of hoarding (for professionals and carers) - delivered by Chingford Fire Station Commander, Chris Mattingley 

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Wednesday 23 November, 9.30 to 11.30am: “Support for Carers” workshop: safeguarding unpaid carers and what this means in practiceto be delivered by All Age Carers Strategic Lead, Saddique Ahmed and Waltham Forest’s Safeguarding Adults Board Independent Chair, Deborah Cohen

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Thursday 24 November, 10 to 11am: Transitional safeguarding – supporting young people at risk of exploitation, spotting signs of modern slavery (related to county lines / gang activity and making an NRM)delivered by Gangs Task Force Police Officer Richard Graham 

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Friday 25 November, 10 to 11.30am: Supporting vulnerable residents during the cost of living crisis, co-delivered by DWP’s Partnership Manager Jakir Hussein and Citizen Advice Bureau’s Ferah Aydin 

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In other news - CGL Open Day and FREE training!


Change Grow Live invite colleagues across the partnership to their Open Day on 12 October, from 12.30 to 4.30pm:

Attend in person Open Day to learn more about assessment and engagement and harm minimisation for service users with issues around substance abuse.

Sign up for Open Day 

Upcoming training:

Learning from practice on Tuesday 11 October 2022, 2pm to 4pm

Learn about how the lessons learned from statutory reviews feed into how we improve practice and implement change to keep residents safe in Waltham Forest.

During this session, professionals will learn to:

•Raise awareness of the Strategic Partnership Boards and the link between strategic work and front line practice

•Provide an understanding of the range of learning and improvement activity across all the boards, giving headlines and signposting to further information

•Share and disseminate resources that can assist with supporting safeguarding practice

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Safeguarding Adolescents Awareness Training on Friday 18 November 2022, 10.30am to 12.30pm

This training session is aimed at those working or volunteering with children and young people who live in Waltham Forest. It will equip you with knowledge about our trauma informed approach to working with children and young people and give you tips and tools for sharing within your school/agency/service.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Describe the principles for safeguarding adolescents
  • Explain adolescent risks outside of the family context
  • Use strength-based approaches with adolescents in response to risk and trauma
  • Plan to apply the principles in your work with adolescents and share with this with colleagues in your school/agency/service

Once you have attended the session, you will be invited to become part of a network of Safeguarding Adolescent Leads where you can access support, resources and good practice through a range of multi-agency professionals.

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This newsletter is brought to you by the Strategic Partnership Boards, which is made up of Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children’s Board, Safeguarding Adults Board, Health & Wellbeing Board and SafetyNet (our Community Safety Partnership).

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