March - MIND

For more than 70 years, Mind has been committed to ensuring that all who are experiencing and suffering from a mental health condition can access the support they need and are treated with the respect they deserve.

Every year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem. However, hundreds of thousands are still struggling to get the support they need, unable to access the services they need and facing prejudice and misunderstanding.

Through public campaigns, influencing decision makers and the services local Minds deliver in communities across England and Wales, millions of lives have been touched.

Some of their major achievements include:

In 2007 they campaigned for investment in psychological therapies to be available for everyone on the NHS and the government invested £170 million in response.

2009 -The “Time to Change” campaign when Mind partnered with Rethink to challenge stigma and discrimination against mental health sufferers – the first part of their awareness-raising.

In 2010 Mind secured a change in the Equality Bill which introduced a ban on pre-employment health questionnaires requiring candidates to disclose their mental health history by application or at interview.

2012 saw the Health and Social Care Bill clarify that physical and mental health should be treated on an equal footing.

In 2013 the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013 repealed the legislation that prevented mental health problems from serving on a jury, being a Director of a company or serving as an MP.

Mind maintains that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone – whether they are stressed, depressed, anxious or in crisis. So what does Mind do at ground level? They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Millions of people now have access to advice and support thanks to the information and support they provide locally – there are around 135 local minds, supporting over 513,000 people. Their services include supported housing, crisis help-lines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.

Bromley and Lewisham Mind is our local branch and they provide a wide range of groups, courses and support throughout the borough for those with mental health needs and dementia. Their core values promote:

• Active participation – recognising and using the skills of people with lived experience of mental health

• Valuing individuality and responding to the unique needs and aspirations of those they support

• Reaching out to anyone who needs them – especially those feeling excluded

• Continuous improvement to deliver high quality services in ever changing times

In Bromley we are privileged to have access to Mind’s Recovery College which provides workshops and courses to achieve greater insight into our own mental health – all for free! It’s not only open to those over 18 with problems themselves, but to friends, families and carers and mental health practitioners and clinicians- everyone can learn here. In addition there are groups for mums with a crèche provided, walking groups, peer support and even a chance to volunteer yourself and help others in a similar situation.

Thank you for supporting Mind – just think, with 1 in 4 of us suffering mental health at one time, in a busy service at St Giles this could mean 8-10 pews worth possibly suffering in silence. As well as raising much needed money for this valuable charity, let’s use this opportunity to talk and reach out to each other and to learn not to be ashamed.

Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Orpington Centre: 01689 811222

Depression, faith and me...

My name is Jo and I have suffered from depression and anxiety. This may seem a small sentence but it is one that has taken courage for me to write, not least because I don’t know what reaction it will evoke. Will it make things awkward for me to talk to others, or vice versa, in case they think I am mad or unstable, will I be looked at or thought of differently, could it be found if I were to apply for another job and be held against me?

I don’t know the answers to any of these but I am willing to take a chance and reveal this in the hope that others will feel more comfortable knowing that there are other people out there who know how it feels, that it will raise awareness both of the illness and the charity MIND and that therefore there is help available, and that in most cases a good recovery is possible.

Unless you have experienced it yourself, or been the carer of a sufferer, it is hard to describe depression but for me it was a sense of utter helplessness, an almost non-stop feeling of sadness and streams of tears, an over-whelming darkness filling my mind and a heavy weight resting on my head that was thoroughly incapacitating. It chipped away at my confidence, my selfesteem and made me introverted and paranoid.

However, it was this depth of darkness and feeling of emptiness that led me to the doors of St Giles, seeking comfort and refuge, and a tribute to Matthew and the friends and acquaintances I have met that I am still here some 16 years later. It was difficult for me to seek and accept help but it is thanks to counselling, medication, the support of professionals, societies like Mind, prayer and the unfailing support and love of my husband that sees me as the person I am today – happy, confident and in employment, something which seemed impossible at the time.

Jo Cook


Charities for 2018:

Month Charity
Jan / Feb Certitude
March MIND
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley
IIf you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator:

Helen Roberts 01689 851267


Money Raised 2017:

Month Charity
Jan/Feb The Maypole Project £354
March Water Aid £1,436
April/May Christian Aid* £900
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,500)
Jul/Aug Medicins Sans Frontiere £521
September The Stroke Association £349
October Poverty and Hope £610
November Crisis £1,004
December ABCD - Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability ** £1,646
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,820
  (Total in 2016 £6,149)

* excludes street collections £373

** Toys and Gifts from the Toy Service went to Welcare in Bromley



Charity Film Night:
The Blue Dahlia

Monday 23rd April
8:15 St. Giles Centre

This is a 1946 film noir, directed by George Marshall based on an original screenplay by Raymond Chandler.


The film marks the third pairing of stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. It was Chandler's first original screenplay.

About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  


There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charity is supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart. If you would like to sponsor a charity, or any further information,  then please contact our co-ordinator:

Helen Roberts 01689 851267