Donna's Story: Depression is a Liar Part 2

Apr 23, 2021
Content Warning: This blog discusses topics which some readers may find triggering. 
In this blog series, we will share the personal stories of those who have struggled with their mental health. We hope to show the universality of mental health problems and empower others to ask for help.
In the second part of this blog, Donna shares the steps and tools that helped her with her depression. 

Recognise it as an illness.
You did not choose to be ill with depression. The same way you...

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Mental Health Crises among Children are on the Rise - We Need Greater Levels of Support

Mar 12, 2021
Content Warning: This blog discusses topic which viewers may find upsetting, including discussing issues around self-harm and suicide among minors. If you are a young person struggling with your mental health, support is available on the YoungMinds website.
In this blog, we look at the rising issue of mental health crises among children both in recent years and particularly since the onset of the pandemic.

The effects of lockdown on mental health have frequently been in the headlines...

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Our December Activities: Wellbeing Days and a Festive Fun Day

Jan 22, 2021

In December, we hosted the second and third of our Wellbeing Days and a Festive Fun Day on 29th December 2020.

To round off a year like no other, we offered a number of additional activities beyond those normally on offer from Meridian Wellbeing.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have created a new website and moved our services online – so that people have access to activities and resources to support their wellbeing during lockdowns.

Later in the year, we put on the first...

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The Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion

Jan 06, 2021

In conjunction with our upcoming Digital Inclusion project, this blog looks at the ‘Digital Divide’ in the UK and its impact on wellbeing during the Covid-19 crisis and the third lockdown. 

When the country first entered into lockdown last Spring it quickly became clear that these changes would have a major impact.

While essential for protecting public health during the crisis, it was clear that this ‘new normal’ would have significant consequences for...

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The Covid-19 Vaccines: An Overview

Jan 05, 2021

In this first of our mini-series on the Covid-19 vaccines, we give an overview of what a vaccine is, the existing vaccines and our work relating to the pandemic.

In the last couple of months there’s been a lot of talk about the Covid-19 vaccine which is currently being rolled out in the UK.

With the announcement of a new national lockdown on 4th January 2021, we now have a new national target for the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines which is currently increasing its pace.

As a...

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The Lockdown, Mental Health and Domestic Abuse

Dec 18, 2020

Lockdown’s have led to increased risks for victims of domestic abuse. In this blog, we take a look at this troubling issue and its intersection with the crisis in mental health.

For many of us a normal day may only mean leaving the house once, or even less. For those shielding the reality is often of being stuck inside 24 hours a day. And for others in at-risk groups, such as the over 70s and those with asthma or emphysema, leaving the house may be a relatively uncommon...

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Wellbeing Day: Our Activities This November

Nov 27, 2020

This Thursday we hosted the first of our monthly Wellbeing Days in partnership with a number of other organisations.

On November 26th from 10:00am to 1:10pm we hosted our first monthly Wellbeing Day with our partners Citizens Advice Barnet, Age UK Barnet, MIND in Barnet and funded by London Community Response Fund.

The free half-day event included a range of activities and classes to support wellbeing.

By offering a real range of things to do,...

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The Rise in Anti-Chinese Hate Crime

Nov 23, 2020

Anti-Chinese hate crime has been on the rise this year. Here, we explain what has happened and introduce our project Tackling Hate Crime.

One of the less well-noticed consequences of the pandemic has been the rise of anti-Chinese hate crimes.

In May it was reported that there had been 267 recorded hate crimes against people from Chinese backgrounds between January and March of this year.

Police estimates suggested a trebling of the number of such crimes when compared to the previous...

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This Week is National Safeguarding Adults Week

Nov 20, 2020

This week we’re marking National Safeguarding Adults Week. As part of our blogs series, we take a look into what the week is all about.

In the above video, Fiona Bateman, Independent Chair of Barnet Council's Safeguarding Adults Board, introduces a webinar on the importance of National Safeguarding Adults Week.

This week is the first ever National Safeguarding Adults Week, intended to raise awareness on the importance of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of adults...

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Unemployment, Wellbeing and Finding Support

Nov 03, 2020

The pandemic has led to a surge in unemployment and left many looking for jobs. Here, we discuss the current situation and its impact on people's wellbeing. 

We are living through uncertain and unprecedented times with the Covid pandemic, the lockdown, and the consequences of these events for the economy.

For many, this has substantially changed day to day life. It has been a real challenge which has impacted wellbeing and led to worry over uncertainty, stress and feelings of...

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