Make Newham a mental health friendly borough

Our plan to address this step:
  • Implement a borough wide befriending service to reduce levels of isolation and loneliness – particularly in the recovery phase of the pandemic
  • Develop a volunteer network of Mental Health Champions and Befrienders
  • Promote the five ways to wellbeing across all universal and community services
  • Develop an extensive mental wellbeing toolkit providing training and support in community and workplace settings
Tracking progress:
  • Widespread take up of Mental Health First Aid, establishment of sustainable volunteer led befriending service as post COVID-19 legacy
Who is involved:
  • Newham Council
  • Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Clinical Commissioning Group

Can you help?

We rely on the support from organisations and individuals to help us deliver our goals. We are on the look out for more partners who are able to support this step. Please email [email protected] or [email protected] to find out more.

Now is the time to act. Together we can make Newham a healthier borough.


Newham changemaker

Bailey is involved in co-producing a new model for mental health services that will be adopted nationwide. Newham is 1 of 12 regions in the country that is helping to do this. This model is revolutionising the way we look at mental health services, moving away from just treating the symptoms of a condition in isolation and towards a more holistic and integrated approach.

“We want Newham to be healthy in every way. Thinking about healthcare is often overshadowed by physical health, but having good mental health is just as vital because it can go on to effect so many things in life, including physical health.”

– Bailey Mitchell, Interim Borough Director at East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham changemaker

As someone who has struggled with mental health herself, Sandra is incredibly passionate about making Newham a more mental health friendly borough. She is Chair of ASK, a user led participation group that offers organisations the

opportunity to listen, learn and ultimately adapt the services they offer to those that suffer with mental health issues.

“There is huge stigma that exists around mental health issues and this is something that has to change. If we can make Newham a mental health friendly borough, we can really change people’s lives. Everyone should understand mental health and everyone struggling with mental health should have access to the support they need at their fingertips. Let’s all be more open and honest about mental health.”

– Sandra Amoah, Chair of ASK and Co-chair of the co-production forum for health and adult social care

Contact us

Get in touch to find out how you can support the borough’s drive to be healthier.

We are on the look out for organisations and people in our community who are thinking differently, challenging the norms, trying new things and looking at ways they can help Newham be a healthier borough.

If you think you can help, we’d love to hear from you, email [email protected]

Follow our hashtag for #whatsyourstep