New campaign launched to help anyone struggling emotionally in Kensington and Chelsea
Today the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) are launching the 'OK not to feel OK' campaign.
This campaign promotes sources of support and help to anyone struggling emotionally in Kensington and Chelsea.
They want to reduce the stigma around mental illness and death by suicide within the community by talking more openly about this and for anyone in distress to feel confident to turn to someone for support and seek help before they reach crisis point.
The campaign will focus on identifying and owning how you feel and asking for help to cope with these feelings.
This campaign isn’t only about suicide but about promoting good mental health. If those who are most at risk can’t reach out directly then we hope their loved ones might find this campaign a useful source of support and help. Posters and flyers have already been mailed out for community hubs to display.
You may have already seen tweets from the @grenfellsupport Twitter feed and posts on the Grenfell Support Facebook page, please share these far and wide. There is also a 'OK not to feel OK' dedicated Facebook page for the campaign so please do take a look and like the page and get your friends and colleagues to like it too.
Visit the 'OK not to feel OK' campaign website today and find out about how else you can get involved and spread the message.
Remembering with the North Kensington Community
Over this week the NHS has been preparing to support the many community events that have been arranged to support those remembering loved ones and friends lost during the tragic events of 14 June 2017.
This time is also for us an opportunity to share in remembrance with the community. Many of our staff will be in North Kensington on the day to provide support but also to pay their respects.
Back in our offices, staff will come together to share reflections on the year and will then observe a 72 second silence.
On Friday we will stand alongside the community by taking part in Green for Grenfell. We will share our pictures online.
Everyone who is remembering this week is in our thoughts and prayers. We offer you our continued support during this difficult time.
Go Green for Grenfell
Green For Grenfell is an annual event bringing together communities to celebrate diversity and unity. This year the focus is on schools and community groups. Each year the focus will widen in order to build a lasting legacy of the support the Grenfell community received in the first days and weeks by the local community but also from every corner of the country.
Read all about Green for Grenfell and how you can take part on the Grenfell United website,
Video message from the health and wellbeing team
The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Team have recorded a message about the services that are available to the local community and how to get in touch with them. Members of the team who spoke were:
- Leili Alikhani, Advanced Practitioner Outreach Team, Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service
- Dr Catherine Broadway, Clinical Psychologist and Deputy Clinical Lead Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service
- Dr Sarah Heke, Psychologist, Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service
To see what they said, visit this video that is on the Grenfell Speaks Facebook page.
To get into contact with the Team, email: email@example.com or call 020 8962 4393.
For further information, visit the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing website.
Grenfell Mental Health Professionals and Diocese of London Warn Against ‘Retraumatisation’
Ahead of the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, Healing Minds, a group bringing together a number of local NHS and mental health professionals and organisations, has worked with the Diocese of London to issue guidance for media organisations reporting on, and dealing with those affected by, trauma. Bishop of Kensington, Dr Graham Tomlin, who has been involved with the Grenfell response since the early days, and some representatives from Healing Minds, have met with journalists to discuss the challenges of balancing necessary and sensitive reporting with the risks of retraumatisation for a number of vulnerable people, particularly as the Public Inquiry continues to hear evidence.
The NHS Grenfell Outreach Team has, to date, made 6794 contacts with members of the community affected by health issues related to Grenfell. 880 adults and children are in treatment, under the NHS Screen & Treat trauma programme,alongside other organisations and community groups who have been delivering support services.
Healing Minds practitioners have recognised the importance and value of much of the media reporting on Grenfell over the past year, knowing that good media stories can change lives. However, for some people still in the very early stages of recovery, there are concerns that certain aspects of media coverage and engagement with journalists can have a retraumatising effect.
The feedback from the media is that they would value advice from mental health professionals on engaging with people who have experienced trauma. The new guidelines on retraumatisation, put together by Healing Minds, build on the principles of DoNoHarm and are as follows:
1. Intrusive reporting can put undue pressure on those affected to comment, when they clearly would rather not.
2. Warnings of sensitive content, printed, online or verbal, are helpful to identify sensitive content, likely to provoke a strong emotional response for some.
3. Images of the Tower today demonstrate to those living with trauma that the incident is historic - pictures of the tower in flames could cause distress by making events seem current.
4. First-person accounts could prove similarly upsetting - the third-person should be used where possible.
5. Where to get help ‘fact-boxes’, accompanying in-depth pieces about Grenfell, are vital.
6. Trauma recovery can make for good news stories, demonstrating that healing is possible and probable for most people.
7. Interviews with children should be avoided, given they are particularly vulnerable to the long-term effects of media attention.
Healing Minds includes organisations active in North Kensington such as CNWL NHS Trust, Kensington and Chelsea Mind, Help Advisory Service Hestia, Cruse Kensington Chelsea Hammersmith & Fulham, Winston’s Wish, Mind and Soul Foundation, Place2Be, West London Action for Children and Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind. The consortium formed in the early days after the Grenfell Fire to coordinate skills and resources, in response to the volume of requests each organisation was receiving for help and assistance.
The Bishop of Kensington, Dr Graham Tomlin, who has worked closely with members of the Grenfell community over the past year, commented:
“Healing Minds brings together a group of organisations who together have done some remarkable work in helping offer support for the local community around mental health issues over the past year. These guidelines come from a very useful and constructive dialogue between mental health professionals and journalists, to try to help the necessary reporting of the Grenfell story be as sensitive as possible to those who still are still in the early stages of healing from their trauma on that night a year ago.”
Dr John Green, Clinical lead for Grenfell Health & Wellbeing service, said:
“The memorialisations at the Inquiry have been very powerful and emotional, but distressing for the families and others. I have been very impressed at the resilience people have shown in this painful process, and some have needed support at times. Media reporting needs to be mindful of retraumatisation so I’m pleased to support this initiative. It helps journalists do their job with less danger of retraumatising those already affected most.”
Dr Green has written more fully about this here:https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/news/reporting-trauma-advi...
The anniversary can be a time when intense feelings emerge. If you feel down, stressed, traumatised or bereaved we’re here to help. Our Outreach Team is here when and where you want; free, confidential help. Call Outreach on 020 8962 4393 (10am to 8pm).
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Media queries for Healing Minds practitioners:
Mike Waddington, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL)
Media queries for the Diocese of London and Bishop of Kensington:
Diocese of London Media Team