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Mental health and the pandemic: Interactive workshop at BATCA AGM 8 March

Mental health and the pandemic: how has it been for you?
Interactive workshop at BATCA AGM 
7-8.30pm on Monday 8th March on zoom

You’re warmly invited to the BATCA AGM at 7-8.30pm on Monday 8th March on zoom. It will be in two parts, the official business, which will be short, and an interactive session with the South West London Mental Health Trust on the impact of the pandemic on mental health.

AGM
The AGM may sound bureaucratic but it gives us the chance to look at what we’ve achieved in the past year. We’ve adapted to lockdown, kept the news flowing round the community and had a splendid Community Awards celebration in November.

As important, it gives us the opportunity to look forward, whether returning to our landmark events or taking new directions. We want to gather your ideas for BATCA’s activities in 2021.

Mental health and the pandemic: how have you been affected?
Lockdown has taken its toll on everyone. It’s had a profound impact on mental health, and the effects will stay with people for years to come. But this gets much less attention than the physical health aspects of Covid and there are few opportunities to talk about it.

The South West London Mental Health Trust, our local mental healthcare provider has offered the opportunity for us to share our individual experiences and feelings as part of their consultation exercise, ‘South London Listens’.  The session will take a workshop format and those taking part will divide into facilitated groups in breakout rooms. The Trust are keen to hear as many voices as possible as they tailor their services to meet current needs. They’ll also describe the evolving pattern of support.

This should be a very worthwhile evening. If you can’t come on 8th March, please consider joining the ‘Listening Summit’ the Trust are offering at 1pm on 1st March (see below)

I’ll follow up soon with more details of the AGM. Meanwhile please book the date.

Kate Allan
secretary@batca.org
07966 690308 / 020 8870 1550
www.batca.org    Twitter @weareBATCA  

South West London Listening Summit  (to access the links below you may need to paste them into your browser) 

In partnership with Citizens UK, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust are inviting individuals and communities across South West London to join our online South West London Listens Summit  at 1pm on Monday 1st March to share their stories of the pressure COVID-19 has placed on their mental health and wellbeing.
https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/campaigns/london-listens

Chaired by community leaders, this event will be a listening exercise in of itself. We will hear reflections from local leaders on mental health in the pandemic and an update on the South London Listens project. We will then move into break out rooms to answer:

  • What is putting pressure on the wellbeing of you and the people you care about?

The findings from this exercise will contribute to the South London Listens project, and attendees will be encouraged to stay involved into its next stage.

Please register for the online event here: South West London Listens Summit
https://cuk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd-GpqzMvH93eubWgdBGP-wDTX_TCm0G_

We would be very grateful if you could promote this to your network to help us listen to as many people as possible.

If you have any questions or require any further information please contact  emma.hill@swlstg.nhs.uk