To coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week, the NHS across south east London has commissioned Kooth to give local children and young people aged 11-19 access to free, anonymous mental health and emotional well-being service.
Kooth has been available to young people in Lewisham for two years with over 1,000 children that have already benefited from the service. For an initial period of 14 months the service will now also be made available to young people across the whole of south-east London – Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth and Southwark.
Improving mental health is a priority for Our Healthier South East London (OHSEL) which is the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for south east London.Kooth offers access to self-help materials, mood-tracking and goal setting tools, counsellor messaging and peer-to-peer support through moderated online forums. The forums address issues that range from exam stress and depression to self-harm and relationship problems.
Qualified counsellors are also available to support any child or young person in one-to-one sessions, from 12-noon until 10 pm on weekdays, and from 6 pm until 10 pm on weekends.
Young people can log on to Kooth.com from any connected device wherever they are 365 days a year to access help and support for their mental wellbeing.
Lambeth public health has launched a new health and well-being web page titled ‘Your Health’.
This digital resource will help to promote health and well-being amongst Lambeth residents. The site provides information and advice regarding health and well-being, as well as detailing all council services. The services are provided by community and voluntary sectors, to create an up-to-date and comprehensive directory.
More specifically, this resource has updated information, advice and signposting to promote health and well being, including physical activity, healthier eating and sexual health.
So whether it helps smoking cessation, cutting down on alcohol or just getting involved with a local community group in Lambeth. The Lambeth ‘Your Health’ page will be the place to start.
Lambeth Council has launched a new online service called DrinkCoach – this service will help residents understand the risks associated with their drinking and what services are available to give advice and support.
A quarter of Lambeth residents binge drink at least once a week and 38% of adults drink more than the recommended 14 units per week – higher than the national average. This has led to an increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions.
By answering 12 simple questions, users can understand their drinking receive advice and information on local face-to-face support.
The test only takes two minutes to complete and is confidential.
Streatham High Practice kicked off the celebrations on Friday 6 July, partnering with the other surgeries in Gracefield Gardens for a day full of NHS-related activities, live singers and healthcare stalls.
Streatham Place Surgery also hosted a successful Tea Party for all members of the public on Friday 20 July 2018.
The event was well attended, mixed with members of the general public, registered patients, local healthcare providers and surgery staff.
Attendees had the opportunity to meet with old and existing staff members of the practise. The event was to celebrate the NHS turning 70 years old, and gave attendees the opportunity to have their shingles vaccinations. Patients also had access to refreshments.
The event provided a great platform for local healthcare services to engage with one another, promoting a holistic and community based approach to healthcare. The local services that attended were:
Certitude, a charity that supports people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues. They provide support in a variety of ways, such as round the clock support, to independent living in the community.
The London Ambulance Service, a service with 70 ambulance stations and 5,000 staff, making it the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK.
Lambeth CCG, to spread information and advice on diabetes.
Carers Hub, a charity offering services to anyone who provides unpaid care and support to a Lambeth resident. They offer advice, information, emotional support, and events.
GoodGym, a local scheme which raises money by running to fund projects such as helping older people with tasks such as clearing gardens, making social visits to isolated older people and running in groups to do physical tasks for community organisations.
Carers4Carers, a charity group run by carers and ex-carers, who offer care services for those who care for disabled, sick and elderly loved ones. Some of the services offered are a pampering programme, organised trips and picnics.
Tennis2Be, a charity that is committed to ensuring tennis is enjoyed by a broad spectrum of participants, including disables and special needs players. This provides essential social engagement, and increases the wellbeing of the members.
All patients are invited to join us in celebrating this milestone on Friday 20 July 201812.00pm – 2.00pm.
You will be able to enjoy our FREE tea party, one of a number of similar events taking place all over the UK to mark 70 years since the NHS began. There will also be an opportunity to meet with members of our practice team as well as local health and social services, and eligible patients will be able to receive their shingles vaccination.
Find out more about 70 years of the NHS, watch these insightful presentations:
All patients are invited to join us in celebrating this milestone on Friday 6 July at Gracefield Gardens between 11.00am – 4.00pm
You will be able to enjoy our FREE tea party, one of a number of similar events taking place all over the UK to mark 70 years since the NHS began. There will also be an opportunity to meet with members of our practice team as well as local health and social services, and eligible patients will be able to receive their shingles vaccination from 12.00pm.
Please note that Streatham High Practice, Edith Cavell Surgery and Streatham Place Surgery will be operating the following schedule till Tuesday 29 May 2018, after which the usual schedule will resume:
Please note that Streatham High Practice, Edith Cavell Surgery and Streatham Place Surgery will be operating the following schedule till Tuesday 3rd April 2018, after which the usual schedule will resume: