Hounslow Council and West London NHS Trust helping residents’ mental health

On Mental Health Awareness Week, Hounslow Council, in partnership with the West London NHS Trust, will continue to fund a number of key Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise organisations.

Published: Thursday, 12th May 2022

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On Mental Health Awareness Week, Hounslow Council, in partnership with the West London NHS Trust, will continue to fund a number of key Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in supporting residents who don’t traditionally engage with mental health services.

The following organisations have received funding to encourage access to community based mental health services and empower local residents to stay well and connected to the community across the borough.

  • EACH – helping to counteract COVID-19’s negative impact on refugees’/migrants’ mental health by offering holistic sessions and access to local support.
  • Home Start – supporting BAME families with anxiety or post-natal depression through volunteer support and access to services that improve their wellbeing. 
  • ILAYS – supporting the Somalian and East African community with targeted support.
  • LEAH (Learn English at Home) – providing healthy living and wellbeing learning for isolated ethnic minorities.
  • METRO/NAZ – supporting BAME and LGBTQ+ residents in Hounslow through community embedded and holistic mental health services.

Commenting on the partnerships during Mental Health Awareness Week, Martin Waddington, London Borough of Hounslow’s Director of Commissioning, said:

“It’s an exciting prospect to build on the excellent work of the last year and continue making a difference to communities in the borough that require specific support.

“It’s also a great example of effective partnership working between ourselves, the NHS and the voluntary sector”.

Commenting on the partnerships during Mental Health Awareness Week, Dr Julia Renton Clinical Director of Community & Recovery MH Services, West London NHS Trust said:

“The pandemic highlighted health inequalities across our communities but by working alongside local voluntary sector organisations to improve conversations about mental health we will help all those needing support, to access mental health services. These partnerships in Hounslow give us the opportunity to remind everyone that there is no shame in struggling and that talking, seeking support and working together helps recovery and gives hope when needed”

More than 500 Hounslow residents have already received support over the last year. One user of Metro/Naz’s Cherish Hounslow Mindfulness Course, who wished to remain anonymous, said:

As a 28-year-old British Asian, bisexual, working woman, I often find it difficult to bring my whole identity to anything I do. Over the first half of 2021, I had experienced real burnout. This was when I was recommended to reach out to Naz and they recommended that I consider taking up the LGBTQ+ mindfulness course.

“I can honestly say it has been the start of a life changing experience for me. I now implement mindfulness exercises at least twice a day. I really appreciate the support and guidance and I would recommend these sessions. My only wish is that I had heard about it sooner.”

Home-Start Director, Cristiana Camisotti added:

“Home-Start Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow are delighted to be supporting BAME families to get the best start. The project provides us with an invaluable opportunity to deepen our connection with families across the borough, providing weekly support - focused on each child and parent’s unique circumstances.”

 
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