Coronavirus/ Covid 19

BLG Mind Temporary Service Offer in response to the impact of coronavirus and associated restrictions

In the last few weeks, so much has changed and BLG Mind are doing our best to respond to the needs of our service users across both mental health and dementia services.

We have been offering lots of support and advice by telephone and if you feel you would like to speak to someone please see below for the telephone number to call.

In addition to telephone and email support, some services have now started to offer face-to-face services via video link and other technology. These details are also listed below.

If you are an existing client of BLG Mind, please do make contact with the service you usually receive support from, to access the help you need.

Dementia Carers Support

These services are available to carers of people with dementia, offering coping strategies and advice.

Details for Bromley residents: 020 3328 0366

Details for Lewisham residents: 020 3228 5960

Details for Greenwich residents: 07742 407189

Mental Wellbeing, Emotional & Social Support

These services:

  • help people manage their mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak by offering a listening ear, support and advice on coping strategies
  • help people connect to other sources of support and community resources

Details for Bromley residents: Call Bromley Well – 03003 309039

Details for Lewisham residents: Call Lewisham Community Wellbeing – 0203 228 0760/ contact@lewishamwellbeing.org.uk                                                                                       Opening times Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm excluding bank holidays

Details for Greenwich residents: Call Mindline – 0208 853 1735/ mindline@blgmind.org.uk

Mindline opening times: Monday to Friday: 10.30am -4.30pm & Tuesday to Friday evenings from 6.00pm-9.00pm. Since most of our counsellors are working remotely, please leave your details including your phone number and email address on the answerphone and our counsellors will call you back. We have counsellors that speak English, French, Polish, Punjabi and Hindu so please make it clear what your needs are.

Greenwich Counselling

Crisis and longer-term counselling, including culturally specific counselling for people from Asian, African, African-Caribbean and Eastern European backgrounds.

Contact: 0208 853 1735/greenwich@blgmind.org.uk

Greenwich Peer support Workshops

We are currently developing ways to deliver some group support online.  Details of these should be available this week.

Contact: 0208 123 6461/ leona.patterson@blgmind.org.uk

Support for expectant or new Mothers and Fathers

Offering support to parents who are expecting a baby or are new to parenthood. This includes facilitated wellbeing and peer support sessions delivered online.

For women’s support, contact the relevant Mindful Mums Project Worker for your area:

Bromley: 07935 073625

If you need a friend, we also run a befriending service in Bromley: 07885 975129

Lewisham: 07850 639818

Greenwich: 07850 639819

For men’s support across all areas contact: 07704 536424/ beingdad@blgmind.org.uk

To contact the project coordinator:  07764 967933/ mindfulmums@blgmind.org.uk

Bromley Recovery College

We are introducing some new and potentially powerful opportunities to support each other in maintaining our mental and physical health.  Although these will take time to develop, the college team are working hard to bring these on line as soon as possible.

If you would like more information about the college and how it could support you please contact: 07745 182738/ 07718 445559.

The College has recently established a WhatsApp group for college students to enable the sharing of tips and ideas. For more details please contact: 07787 412856.

Lewisham Community Wellbeing

Supporting adults in Lewisham to recover from mental ill health and maintain wellbeing.

1:1 phone support being provided, including advice and guidance.

Staff are currently working remotely, please contact: 020 3228 0760/ contact@lewishamwellbeing.org.uk

Peer Support Groups– We are currently considering ways to provide support online. Contact: Smita.Patel@lewishamwellbeing.org.uk

Employment Support

Help for people with mental health problems who are struggling to retain their jobs or are looking to return to work.

The IPS Employment service offers support in both Bromley and Greenwich. If clients are currently accessing IPS Employment support and in work, and worrying about retaining their job, they should speak to the Employment Specialist currently supporting them. However, if they are new, looking for paid work and currently accessing support from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, they should speak with their Care Coordinator to refer them to the IPS Employment Specialist.

In Bromley, we can also offer employment support to anyone with mental health problems concerned about keeping their job through the Recovery Works service.

Contact: 0208 289 5020

Greenwich Information and support

Connecting Communities Alliance offers social support for residents of Greenwich. Services include advice, guidance and signposting in areas such as benefits, housing and accessing other services within the borough.

Contact: 07742 407193/ Paul.Gadsdon@blgmind.org.uk

Benefits support in Bromley

If you are currently receiving support from us with benefits, please continue to use the same contact details.

If you need support with a new benefit issue, contact Bromley Well on 0300 3309 039

Training & consultancy

Delivery of live online training sessions in the areas of mental health and dementia. We can also provide consultancy over email and by telephone.

Contact: 0203 328 0364