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CHERISH HOUNSLOW

holistic Mental health and wellbeing services and support

Cherish Hounslow is a mental health community project partnership provided by NAZ and METRO. The project provides one-to-one advice and advocacy, group work, social groups and counselling for both LGBTQ+ and BAME people in Hounslow who are experiencing mental health issues. Provided online and over the phone until COVID-19 restrictions ease, then provided at community locations in the borough.

BAME and LGBTQ+ people have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Many of us have struggled with ill health, social isolation, job loss, problems accessing benefits and low confidence to access more generic mental health support services.

 

This holistic programme will address community disparities in access to and engagement with mental services by focusing on social issues that affect mental health. The programme will address community belonging, economic stability, housing, income and social support.

The partnership will deliver holistic mental health and well-being services and support, including: 

  • Mental health and well-being peer support groups  

  • Structured group work and social groups such as mindfulness and dance sessions

  • One-to-one advice and advocacy 

  • Counselling 

 

One-to-one support is provided by experienced workers and can help you with advice and support and signposting and can help in accessing other mental health support and services. Our group work is through structured sessions and weekly drop-in support. Our structured support includes dance classes and mindfulness classes. We also provide a weekly drop-in support session where you can meet with others in a similar situation.

who can use this service

To access the service you need to be from the LGBTQ+ community or the Black and minority ethnic communities, or both. You also need to live, work, or study in Hounslow.

 

Free 6 week Mindfulness and Self-care Online course

Starting Thursday 6 May 2021 from 7pm to 8.30pm (Every Thursday)

For LGBTQIA people we have seen a lockdown of our safe spaces, our queer friendly support bubbles decimated whilst coping with unprecedented levels of uncertainty, anxiety and loss. 

This 6-week online course for LGBTQIA people by LGBTQIA people and is designed to support you in becoming more accepting, caring and re-assuring with yourself, especially during times when life feels challenging.

For more information and to find out how to register, please contact: mindfulness@naz.org.uk

12 free professional counselling sessions

NAZ’s counselling service provides professional and culturally competent sexual health and HIV counselling to our client groups – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals, many of whom are living with HIV and/or are LGBT or another sexual minority. We aim to improve access to mental health services and improve the quality of life for BAME people around a range of issues including HIV diagnosis, difficulties around sexuality, relationships, self-esteem and depression. We provide a short-term focused intervention of 12 sessions across 12 weeks.

For more information or to book an appointment, contact Elaine Cunnea: elaine@naz.org.uk

free african dance workshops

Starting Wednesday 5 May 2021 for 8 weeks (Online)

The past year has been particularly difficult for our mental health.  Many of us have experienced loss, loneliness, isolation, grief, disease, fear and many other challenges. For this reason, we need creative ways to cope with the toll this pandemic has on our mental health. Dance is a stress buster. It gets the serotonin pumping and endorphins flowing building good feelings and resilience.

 

Designed to help Black and Brown people of all ages experience the therapeutic benefits of African dance. We will explore popular genres including Afrobeats, Hip-hop, Coupé Décalé, Ampiano, Dancehall and Njombolo, as well as more traditional dances from different parts of Africa.

For more information, contact Parminder Sekhon: sekhon@naz.org.uk