General Secretary Ballot Opens 28th October. Use Your Vote!

UNISON is holding an election to choose who will be the next General Secretary to lead the union for the next five years. The General Secretary is the most senior role in the union and is the public face of UNISON at home and abroad.

Now it’s time for UNISON members to choose the person who leads the union. All current members, including retired members, who were in membership on 28 June 2020 have the right to vote. Ballot papers will be sent to the most recent home address you have given UNISON. You are being asked to vote for the person who speaks up for you with employers and politicians; who will make the case on issues that matter to you.

The General Secretary represents UNISON – and you – when talking to the media, other unions, employers and to parliament. It is important to have your say in electing the union’s leader.

Barnet UNISON nominated Paul Holmes – here’s why:

Eye Health Care

Jifunza Rukiya Jaha, Naturopath & Nutritional Therapist and Barnet UNISON Health and Safety Rep, has produced a very helpful and informative presentation about Eye Care.

As many of us are spending more time on electronic devices it is really important to keep our eyes healthy, please click on the following link to view the presentation

Eye Health Webinar September 2020

LBB Adult Services UNISON Member Zoom Meeting

We have arranged a UNISON zoom meeting specifically for all those in Adults Services. You can access this meeting from your phone, laptop or i-pad. You do not have to have an account with zoom to access the meeting. Please see here for our guide to zoom:

This meeting is an opportunity for you to tell us how things are for you. What issues do you want us to be raising. We can feedback on developments and discussions we are having with the Council.
A key focus for us now are the long term arrangements around homeworking which works for some but is a nightmare for others.

Helen Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Adults Services UNISON zoom meeting
Time: Oct 14, 2020 12:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 861 8241 0551
Passcode: 356909

Looking after your mental health

This week, the government has announced another set of new guideline about COVID19.

Whether you have been working throughout the pandemic, been furloughed, working from home, self-isolating or something else, Barnet UNISON understands the impact this may be having on your or a colleagues mental health.

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Below are details about websites and organisations to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Able Futures

Able Futures can help you manage your mental health at work so you can enjoy more good days. If eligible they provide you nine months advice and guidance from a mental health specialist who can help you learn coping mechanisms, build resilience, access therapy or work with your employer to make adjustments to help your mental health at work.

Call Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday or apply online.


Nafsiyat is an intercultural therapy centre, committed to providing effective and accessible psychotherapy and counselling services to people from diverse religious, cultural and ethnic communities in London.

We currently offer intercultural therapy to people living in the London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Enfield and Haringey. This therapy is short-term only, but available at no charge.

To access this therapy, you need either to be referred to us, for example by your GP, or you can apply to refer yourself.


NHS Every Mind Matters

Visit the NHS Every Mind Matters website:


Urgent support

If you are having thoughts of suicide, are harming yourself or have thought about self-harm, it’s important to tell someone.

These thoughts and feelings can be complex, frightening and confusing, but you do not have to struggle alone.

If you cannot wait to see a doctor and feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, contact one of the organisations below to get support right away. Or see further NHS advice on dealing with a mental health crisis or emergency.


Free 24-hour listening support

When life is tough, Samaritans are here to listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how difficult.

Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website

Shout offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.

Text “SHOUT” to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line


Urgent, non-emergency medical advice

If you need help urgently but are not at risk of death or serious illness, use the NHS 111 non-emergency advice online.

NHS 111 advice online

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

People with hearing problems can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) service.


Crisis support for young people

If you are under 35 and feel that life is not worth living any more, call Papyrus’s HopelineUK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends.

Call HopelineUK on 0800 068 41 41

Text 07786 209697

Visit the Papyrus website



CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason.

Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Free, anonymous webchat with trained staff

Visit the CALM website


Dial 999

In a life-threatening emergency, phone the emergency services and ask for an ambulance.

When to call 999


When to get help from your GP

It’s important to seek help from your GP immediately if you are experiencing the following symptoms for the first time or are not already receiving care from mental health services/

If you live in England, in most areas you can also refer yourself for free, non-urgent NHS psychological therapy services, also known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, which provide evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety.

Services remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, so do seek professional help if you think you need it.

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