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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.

Bangladeshi Mental Health Forum

The Bangladeshi Mental Health Forum (BMHF) raises awareness of mental health within the Bangladeshi community, and other BME groups such as Somali, new migrants and hard to reach communities. To do this our work includes organising mental health awareness events and workshops; campaigning for better accessibility to mental health services; and highlighting the concerns of families, carers of service users and the community to commissioners and service providers.

Santé Refugee Mental Health Access Project

Our vision is for refugees and asylum seekers to have the freedom and opportunity to lead independent lives in a community, and our mission is to support refugees and asylum seekers in the London region, particularly those with mental health issues, to gain equal access to health and other essential services. We offer one-to-one befriending and advocacy, helping service users access services, integrate into the community and seek asylum. Many service users become volunteers.

Mental Health Champions

Mental Health Champions are community workers or volunteers who aim to increase mental health awareness among Black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) groups.

They are often of a similar background or culture to the communities they work with.  

Champions help to break down stigma and ignorance surrounding mental health issues by talking about mental health; delivering information, advice and guidance; raising awareness and knowledge of services through various activities including workshops, discussions and role plays.

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