Chinese Mental Health Association

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2nd Floor Zenith House
155 Curtain Road
London EC2A 3QY

Tel: 020 7613 1008
Fax: 020 7739 6577

The Chinese Mental Health Association is a voluntary organisation and registered charity set up to help Chinese people suffering from mental health issues. The association aims to promote mental health education in the Chinese community and to raise awareness amongst the mainstream healthcare providers regarding Chinese mental health issues. The association aims to improve the quality of life amongst Chinese mental health sufferers and their carers by the following means.
  • Helping them access services which are already provided through statutory and voluntary organisations.
  • Provision of Chinese services run by Chinese workers specifically for mental health issues.
  • Community housing support assists vulnerable or elderly Chinese people to live independently in the Borough of Barnet.
  • Befriending Project - Befriending aims to ease the sense of loneliness and isolation felt by those suffering from mental health problems. Befriending is a positive way for Chinese mental health sufferers to get back into society through friendship and support. Befrienders are trained by a coordinator and then matched according to interests, language, age, etc, with someone in need of close counsel or friendship.
  • Counselling - At CMHA, they provide English, Cantonese and Mandarin speaking counsellors for their service users. This assessment is conducted by a qualified counsellor and is free of charge. If the client decides to proceed with therapy, counselling sessions will then be booked regularly as and when the client and the counsellor deem necessary subject to a charge of ú15 per session. These may take place as face to face counselling at the CMHA office, over the phone conversation or via a Skype conversation over the internet.
  • Social Club - The overall aim of the project is to strengthen the well-being of the Chinese mental health service users and facilitate a supportive environment by establishing a social club where users can gather regularly to learn, share and enjoy a more fulfilling and empowered lifestyle.
    The social club convenes on a weekly basis with regular programmes and activities such as Tai Chi class, user-run cafe, exercise, health seminars. movie enjoyment, interest group, skills training, support group, art and craft workshop, cooking and outing etc.
  • Chinese Gamcare Project is not just for the gamblers to stop or to bring their gambling under control, but also to improve health and social aspects of everyone who is in need of support services in or to maximise their potential to enjoy a productive life.
  • Employment Project is to help people with mental health needs gain and retain paid or unpaid employment. Ascertain the employment and education needs of individuals, organise and facilitate in-house training programme, develop appropriate work placement and opportunities.
  • Elderly Social Club - Offering care and support for the elderly in a safe and friendly environment and provide a place for social networking with like-minded people by organising fun activities. The project aims to build a strong sense of community for the Chinese elderly and promote health awareness by arranging regular exercise classes.
  • Carer's Support Project - This project aims to improve the quality of life of the Chinese family carers for people with mental health issues. Through a health promotion programme between February and June 2011, the project is to strengthen the carers' understanding of their role, and the services and support that are available to them.
  • Oral History Project - Planning oral history research on understanding the origin of London Chinatown and its process of development, particularly the life stories of the first and second generation Chinese who had pioneered and contributed to the success of London Chinatown.
The association have produced a wide range of bilingual mental health information resources to raise awareness and combat stigmas attached to mental illness. These range from television documentaries, weekly newspaper columns to translated mental health booklets and a hospital in-patient welcome pack.

Last updated on 21/07/2012

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