Mental Health


Croydon Drop In celebrates forty years of serving Croydon

Posted on July 9th, by Rekha Shane in Politics & Society. No Comments

A local charity working to support young people is going from strength to strength

Ask any parent what their concerns are for their offspring, and they will likely reel off a list as long as your arm. But not all young people have access to a supportive family member. Sometimes, even when parents are present, they just don’t understand. Sometimes they themselves are the source of the … Read More »



#mumlife: finding your Croydon mum tribe

Posted on May 11th, by Rachael Cox in Culture. No Comments

Becoming a new mum isn’t always easy. Here’s how to find support groups close to home…

During my pregnancy, I spent a lot of time worrying about maternity leave. I wasn’t sure that I’d enjoy it. Living in a cosy (let’s be honest… small) flat, unable to drive, I was scared that I’d become isolated when my husband returned to work. My daughter was due in September, … Read More »



Review: The Village, Maternal Mental Health Week at Matthews Yard, Wednesday 2nd May

Posted on May 8th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Sisters are naming it for themselves – Croydon Cycle Theatre looks at the reality of birth and new motherhood

We always live in modern times. When my babies were born in 2001 and 2003, the world was packed with awesome inventions and bristled with cutting-edge tech. Transformed by fresh insights, we scorned the hidebound ways of the past.

Except that my phone was a Nokia. My … Read More »



Announcing the Croydon Creative Carers’ exhibition, Saturday 13th January

Posted on January 8th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Join us as we celebrate the wonderful work produced by our creative carers

Release begins: The Croydon Creative Carers’ exhibition will be open on Saturday 13th January 2018 from 13:00 – 15:00 in the Studio Space at 2-4 Park Street, CR0 1YE.

Local mental health charity Studio Upstairs has been running a new Creative Carers’ group in Croydon, funded by Croydon Council’s Community Fund and led by qualified professionals. The … Read More »



Event review: Keeping Calm in Croydon at the Croydon Literary Festival

Posted on September 14th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s first literary festival was the scene of a thought-provoking session on mental well-being

September 2017 is proving especially good for seeing Croydon at its best. The month-long Warhol Croydon event and the first Croydon Literary Festival together have really been putting our town on the map.

Croydon’s inaugural literary festival was a day-long event held on Saturday 9th September in the David Lean Cinema in … Read More »



The mental health crisis of Croydon’s children

Posted on September 13th, by Charlotte Davies in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Let’s work together to help families affected by young people’s mental health issues

When I was a deputy headteacher, I was woken one night in early June by a phone call asking me to go down to a police station to pick up a vulnerable year 11 student. When I say ‘vulnerable’, I mean distressed, angry, wild, violent and beyond reason, but inside was a small child crying for … Read More »



The long road to self-care

Posted on May 10th, by Loren Dixon in Politics & Society. No Comments

How can Croydonians take better care of themselves?

The national carers’ strategy consultation (the draft Carers’ Strategy 2011-2016) agreed that “carers often neglect their own health and wellbeing”. This message comes as no surprise. It’s very easy for your health to deteriorate when others are a priority in our lives – but, of course, this is not just an issue for carers.

Carers do have a … Read More »



Why I’m running the London Marathon for MIND in Croydon

Posted on February 1st, by Tommy Newman in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

One Croydonian is putting on his running shoes to support mental health and well-being in the local community

“How are you today?”. “Good”. “OK”. “Fine”, comes the expected reply. But this week, it’s time to consider probing a bit further if you think that might not be the case.

That’s because Thursday 2nd February is Time to Talk Day, an annual day led by mental health charity … Read More »



Print archive: May 2016 – The mental health edition

Posted on June 1st, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The Citizen takes part in May’s mental health week with art, articles and testimonials from mental health service users and providers around the borough

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Mental health, loneliness and the needs of Croydon

Posted on May 18th, by Richard Pacitti in Politics & Society. No Comments

Richard Pacitti, director of Croydon Mind, looks at one mental health project that made a difference to vulnerable people

Like most people working in mental health, I was pleased by the government’s announced allocation of another billion pounds to mental health services. But, like many others, I was also concerned that the money should be spent in a way that would have the most positive … Read More »