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Camden Free Adult learning courses – summer term starts soon

Did you know that there are free adult learning courses in community centres and libraries across the borough for people over 19?
Some classes are open to all, others are for particular groups such as older people, parents and carers, ESOL learners or people with learning disabilities. Tutors support people to move onto further learning, employment or volunteering opportunities. Here is a list of the available courses.

LGBT mental health

If you are lesbian, gay or bisexual, issues such as homophobia, isolation and discrimination can take their toll on mental health. You might experience rejection, negative reactions or hostility from family members, friends, strangers, employers or members of religious communities. This can have a big impact on your self-esteem and may mean that you might feel unable to be open about your sexual or gender identity.

Help sing your way to better mental health

Key Changes, the mental health charity that promotes better mental health through music, is organsing free, weekly singalongs at St Pancras Hospital. Open to all, come and join service users, NHS staff, volunteers and others from the local community. It’s fun, relaxed and friendly, and all levels are welcome - no previous experience is necessary. The choir sings folk, world, gospel, pop, reggae, classical and more! No audition required.

'Committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health' - charity seeks 'Experts by experience'

The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute is an independent charity, committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems. People with personal experience either of living with a mental health problem, or of supporting someone who does, are at the heart of its work, and it now wants to hear from more 'Experts by experience'.

Mind in Camden - seeking volunteers for its Phoenix Wellbeing & Recovery Service

Do you have a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing, and an open mind and a non-judgmental approach to people? Mind in Camden is recruiting Recovery Volunteers for its Phoenix Wellbeing & Recovery Service to support service members and to work alongside paid Senior Recovery Workers, Specialist Sessional Workers and other volunteers. Phoenix offers a range of options and works with each of its member to find a recovery programme that is right for them.

What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience?

Should we pay more attention to the spiritual underpinnings of good mental health? What can indigenous cultures teach us about the positive impact that community support and peer mentorship have on mental health? What can we learn from people who have successfully navigated a psychological crisis? The film CRAZYWISE, by Kevin Tomlinson and Phil Borges, follows two young Americans who achieved exactly that.

Philosophy of Mind podcast

Mind in Camden is pleased to share its "Philosophy of Mind" podcast, based on a philosophy of mind workshop series which they ran in October 2017. It was a weekly group taking place over six weeks.  It focused on sharing and using philosophical tools and ideas to talk about mental health; based on this, a Philosophy of Mind group has been launched in HMP Pentonville.