Barnet Voice for Mental Health

Mental Health support run by and for people with lived experience of mental health issues.

Barnet Voice Forum

Join us in a relaxed, friendly environment to tell us what you think of mental health services and policies in Barnet and nationally.

Help to shape and drive a group aiming to make sure that decision-makers hear the voices that matter most – those of the people whose lives they affect.

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Barnet Voice Newsletter

Our newsletter provides a weekly run-down of local mental health related news, events and services. To sign up for the BVMH News please put in your details below. By signing up you agree to our privacy and data usage policy.

Wellbeing Videos

Difficult times such as these may have an effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Our Peer trainer Hannah has created some videos to help you support your own mental health and wellbeing from home. These videos include tips and techniques to staying well.

Wellbeing Breathing Exercises


Developing Resilience in Challenging Times Part 1


Developing Resilience in Challenging Times Part 2



Developing Resilience in Challenging Times Part 3


About Barnet Voice


Barnet Voice for Mental Health (BVMH) was started by Elsie Lyons in 1994 as the first mental health ‘Service-User Group’ in the borough. Elsie and her fellow inspiring Founding Members built Barnet Voice upon the strong belief that people who live with mental health issues or distress day-to-day can harness their rich experiences to design, deliver and improve mental health services in Barnet. Barnet Voice for Mental Health became an Independent Organisation in 1998, run by and for people with lived experience of mental health difficulties.

Historically, Barnet Voice was closely involved with the design and development of mental health services with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust and in shaping the way in which ‘service user involvement’ was integrated into services in Barnet; this included helping them to decide which services to start, taking part in consultations about changes to services, delivering training to staff and sitting on panels for the recruitment of mental health staff. Barnet Voice also ran their own innovative peer-run crisis house, Kaya House, and delivered peer support with people who were staying in mental health wards in Barnet.

Merging with Inclusion Barnet

In October 2017, Barnet Voice members voted to join Inclusion Barnet; this decision was made in order to strengthen BVMH’s infrastructure in challenging times and in the belief that joining forces would enhance the power and reach of peer-led activity in the borough.

Find Out More

To find out more about Barnet Voice for Mental Health, or any of their services, get in touch with us today.

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Our Services and Projects

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    Touchpoint provides residents of Barnet with a place to go to get advice and support when things get difficult.

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    Benefits Advice Service

    Supporting disabled people in Barnet with information and help with applications.

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    Trust Wide Enablement Partnership

    We are proud to be working with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust to help them deliver peer support and coproduction.

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    Barnet Voice for Mental Health

    Our team of talented volunteers provide peer support for people who are struggling with their mental health.

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    User Voice

    Our User Voice project aims to amplify the voices of disabled people in Barnet to ensure they are heard by decision makers and those in power.

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    Training and Consultancy by Inclusion Unlimited

    We provide high quality training and consultancy for organisations which want lived experience to inform their practice and projects.

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    Inclusion Barnet runs two popular local libraries, East Barnet and South Friern, in partnership with Barnet Council.

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    We believe that research is important and that there is a lack of research that deals with the realities of being a disabled person.

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    The Co-Produced Support Project

    A peer led research, policy and campaigning project focused on improving Barnet adult social care.

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    Community Organisation Support

    Working to support the vital role of voluntary sector organisations in the borough of Barnet.

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    Healthwatch Barnet

    Helping local people get the best out of local services.