Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind - Our local Mental Health Charity....https://www.sgmind.org.uk/

Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind are pleased to announce they have made some changes to how individuals can access The Alexandra Wellbeing House.

Previously referrals had to come via a GP or 2gether Trust teams, however, we have listened to feedback from the community and we are now able to accept referrals from other organisations directly. The only criteria we ask is that an individual has been known to an organisation for 6 months or longer to ensure we have enough background to understand their needs. Further to the above we are now able to offer a structured day guest service for those looking to build up to a stay.  Day guests will be offered one visit per week for 5 weeks, each week we will work with them on one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, after this period of time hopefully the individual will be in a position to plan a stay or we will have helped them in some way to improve their wellbeing.

We feel these changes are a positive step to open up the service to a wider audience.  

Our website provides further details about The Alex, the eligibility criteria and how to access the referral forms.


We're 2gether. We provide specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire: https://www.2gether.nhs.uk/.... https://www.facebook.com/2getherNHS

Emergency Help in Crisis. If you are worried about your own, or someone else's suicidal thoughts or feelings, take the following action!

For a life threatening situation call 999. If you are in Gloucestershire, call 2Gether Trust Crisis Team on: 0800 1690398Contact Suicide Crisis Charity on 07975 974455Make an URGENT appointment with your GP. Call the Samaritans on 116 123.

Stay Alive Suicide Prevention App....thinking about suicide...download the app....This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.


PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide. We've worked with Raise Your Hands to put together this introductory video about PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide. web site HERE.

MHFA Line Managers Resource - file:///C:/Users/antho/AppData/Local/Temp/MHFA_Line_Managers_Resource.pdf

Healthwatch - Independence of local Healthwatch Report

Carers Gloucestershire - Really helpfull list of Carer Support Groups.... http://carersgloucestershire.org.uk/ Contact Us: If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just get in touch and ask us about it.  Our friendly and experienced Carer Advisers are available to speak to you on our Carers Helpline  0300 111 9000 from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Address: Carers Gloucestershire
2nd Floor
35 St Michael's Square
Tel: 01452 386283

It's time to talk. It's time to change. Time to Change web site...lets end mental health discrimination. A really helpful web site with personal story's, latest news and comments, resources, support, etc., Watch Time to Change related video's about real story's, experiences......you don't need to be an expert to talk about it. Find out how to start your conversation at:

time-to-change.org.uk    facebook.com/timetochange   @timetochange     #TimetoTalk

or visit www.talk2gether.nhs.uk, www.onyourmindglos.nhs.uk, www.independencetrust.co.uk, www.gloucestershireselfharm.org, www.time-to-change.org.uk.

'Gloucestershire tackles stigma....talk mental health'. Mental Health problems are common but talking can make a real difference. You can speak to:

Your GP, midwife or health visitor; the free NHS Lets Talk service on 0800 073 2200, The Samaritans on 116 123; Rethink Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline on 0808 801 0606.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 years. (April 2017). CALM charity. Campaign Against Living Miserably.

Improving Mental Health for Veterans - Do you need help? click here for list of contacts nationwide provided by NHS Engalnd.


Crisis Care Concordat.

You may be interested in the Gloucestershire Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat.  Signatories agreed to work together to improve the system of care and support so that people in crisis because of a mental health condition are kept safe.  You can find the updated Gloucestershire declaration here. If your organisation would like to endorse the local Concordat, please contact Karen Taylor at Karen.taylor29@nhs.net.


The 'Mental Health Crisis Concordat' - visit the website to support your local Declaration and action plan :


'No Health without Mental Health' in England:


Suicide: BBC Radio 4 Inside the Ethics Committee Samantha is coping with the recent death of her mother. It's been a turbulent few years - drug binges in her teens, then bulimia. She's now twenty two and is finding it difficult to cope - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b062mhnl 

Gloucestershire Care Services are an LiA accredited organisation and forwarded the following helpful article regarding a self-help guide written by someone who has personal experience of depression.



The Mind guide to who's who in mental health. This online booklet is for anyone who wants to find out more about the different people who work  in mental health. It lists the job titles and organisations you may come across, and explains what different people and organisations do.

Sec 136 – The Impact of Introducing an NHS Place of Safety, NHS Gloucestershire CCG. The Maxwell Suite, key findings of use of Sec 136, etc.

Self Harm - Rethink Mental Illness, the mental health charity.

Self Harm - Link to ASAP NHS Choices Video. An expert explains why young people may self-harm, and describes some of the different forms it can take. Caroline, director of Harmless, used to self-harm as a teenager. She gives advice on how to get the right support.

Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline. Partnership between Rethink Mental Illness and Gloucestershire County Council. www.gloucestershireselfharm.org.....Phone:08088010606. Txt:07537410022. Open 5pm - 10pm every day.

Getting the conversation started about self-harm. (Article from April MHFA Insight Newsletter. See 'News' for all Newsletters)

Dr Pooky Knightsmith of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has produced an excellent set of resources designed to provide hope and practical support for anyone affected by self-harm. The resources include videos and information packs for young people, parents and professionals and can be downloaded from www.inourhands.com/noharmdone. The MFHA Newsletter says, 'Please feel free to use these resources for any relevant work you are doing around mental health and self-harm'.

HARMLESS - Self harm support.


Heads Up – council supports mental health plan launch

Published on 7th October 2016

two people holding hands

Heads up Cheltenham sees the start of a year of action aimed at bringing the town together to encourage good mental health.


The following are useful links for further general information as forwarded to us by the CCG.

I hope you find the links/guidance below useful:

Dear colleague, I hope you find the information below useful:

Whats New in Mental Health September 2018

One in three freshers 'show symptoms of mental health disorder' - here

A giant head will light up London’s skyline to get us talking about mental health - here


Imperial geologist tackles field trip mental health - here

New crisis cafe offering mental health support set to open in Clatterbridge - here

Nine free apps you can use to help your mental health - here

Mental health services 'let down children' - here

World Health Organisation Suicide Data - here

World suicide prevention day 2018 - here

CQC calls for guidance to improve sexual safety on mental health wards - here

Suicide prevention: toolkit for engaging communities - here

Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of using tele-therapy for UK veterans with PTSD - here

BBC Mental Health news - here

The Independent Mental Health news - here

The Guardian Mental Health newshere



Home Group invite you to the relaunch of the Gloucester Community Wellbeing Service at the Guild Hall between 11am-2pm on Tuesday 18th September – this is a drop in




Mental Health Crisis Care Awareness Training – see attached




Barnwood Trust Free Workshops - The Launch of the Open Workshop Programme 2018/19 – see attached




Gloucestershire Counselling Services Training – see attached




Next Tuesday 18 September is #RethinkSchizophrenia. We will be raising awareness of what psychosis is, how to recognise early signs and where to get help.

We will be releasing a short film on our Facebook page. It tells the story of Luke and his father Steve, and highlights the importance of early intervention for people who are experiencing psychosis. It is a powerful film so do share with family and friends once it is up.

In the evening we have organised a panel discussion event on the topic ‘More aware but do we care (enough)?’ We will discuss how far we have come in terms of mental health awareness, but whether that equality applies to those affected by severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

We’re delighted to be joined by Bryony Gordon, Juliette Burton, Emily Reynolds, Dean Burnett and Steve Gilbert, with the event chaired by our Deputy Chief Executive Brian Dow.  If you are unable to join us in the audience for this event don’t worry as we’re pleased to say the event will be streamed via Facebook Live.

Keep an eye on our social media channels - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - next Tuesday!




Suicide Bereavement Training

Do you come into contact with those bereaved or affected by suicide?

Are you confident on how to respond to them?


If not, you might want to consider attending the PABBS evidence-based suicide bereavement training, which

·      has been informed by a three-year study conducted at the University of Manchester,

·      is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (Research for Patient Benefit Programme),

·      is first of its kind internationally; and

·      is delivered by two trainers who have considerable experience working in this field.


What are the benefits of attending this training?


       It will help

  • increase your knowledge, confidence, skills and provide a framework and service-response plan for immediate and ongoing support for those who come into contact with those bereaved by suicide; and
  • encourage professionals to consider and recognise their own needs and develop a strategy or support structure that will be available to them if someone dies by suicide


What dates are currently available?


  • October 16th 2018
  • November 6th 2018


Cost: £250 + VAT per person

Venue: Pendulum Hotel, Manchester

Time:     9am -4.30pm


For more information, about the training, testimonials and dates available, visit our website https://suicidebereavementuk.com/sbuk-training


To register contact: Paul Higham:    paul.higham@suicidebereavementuk.com



Best wishes.


Karen Taylor 

Project Manager – Integrated Disabilities Commissioning Hub

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October 2018 - February 2019

Welcome to our free open workshop programme for autumn to spring.  These sessions are an opportunity for you to connect with people where you live and work, and to reflect and learn about how to build more inclusion and a greater sense of belonging in Gloucestershire. Our aspiration is that these learning experiences feel safe, fun and inspirational - we invite you to come along.

Workshop: Conversations That Include Everyone

26 September 2018  |  1:00pm – 4:00pm  |  Cheltenham

This workshop aims to support you to have more conversations, more involvement and more fun with people who have some difficulty with talking. You will gain practical ideas and techniques that will help you to communicate effectively and more confidently with people with a range of communication impairments.

Click here to read more and to book


Workshop: Active Inclusion – gaining insights, taking action

10 October 2018  |  1:00pm – 4:00pm  |  Cirencester

This workshop centres on the importance of inclusion, focusing on approaches and skills to make everyone feel welcome and appreciated. The session is delivered by a team of trainers all of whom have lived experience of impairments, this will enable you to look at life differently.

Through hearing stories and taking part in activities you will gain an understanding of how exclusion happens and feels. The workshop will give you ideas and guidelines to help you feel confident in welcoming everyone.

Click here to read more and to book

Workshop: Building Welcoming Communities

15 October 2018  |  9:30am – 1:00pm  |  Cheltenham

In this workshop you will discover tools and techniques that that will help you build welcoming communities that enable people to be better connected to their community and discover a greater sense of belonging.

We’ll explore practical approaches to discovering local assets and learn how these can be connected together to build safer, healthier and more inclusive communities. You’ll also hear stories of how people across Gloucestershire are developing their practice in Asset Based Community Development, enabling friends and neighbours to get together to do the things they love, and make a difference to where they live.

Click here to read more and to book

Booking a place

All our workshops are free of charge and open to everyone.  We have lots more workshops running right through to spring 2019.  Click here to see the full list and sign up to our mailing list to stay up-to-date.

To find out more information or to book onto a workshop, visit www.barnwoodtrust.org/learning/workshops or contact the learning team on
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Whats New in Mental Health May 2018

Coronation Street's suicide storyline has 'helped' others - here

Kent and Medway NHS Trust rapped over mental health care - here

Families will have voice in mental health inquiry says minister - here

Mental health: Shock total of youth suicide bids revealed - here

‘I have sleepless nights’: the looming mental health crisis facing generation rent - here

The perinatal mental health care pathways - here

Specialist mental health services for new mums goes nationwide here

Government plans to tackle mental health crisis 'will fail a generation' - here

The independent review of the Mental Health Act: interim report - here

Report finds 'serious issues' with use of Mental Health Act - here



Please see below information regarding the Personality Disorder Awareness Training four extra dates added on for other agencies. If you would like to book onto a course, please email the 2g Admin Team (2gnft.CollingwoodAdmin@nhs.net or 01452 894091/3).



To enable staff to develop and enhance their awareness of Personality Disorder.


Learning Outcomes:

•To understand what Personality Disorder is and how it may manifest / be recognised.

•To understand the principles of the causes, diagnosis, treatment and effective management of Personality Disorder including NICE guidance.

•To dispel myths, develop skills and build confidence in working with those with Personality Disorder.

•To recognise interventions that can be utilised to support people with Personality Disorder and minimise the impact of negative behaviours.


Course Overview:

A one day course designed to develop awareness for staff working in 2gether NHSFT. This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for both registered and unregistered staff



Assessment of skill acquisition will be through trainer monitoring and reflection as well as feedback from team managers and others. The design of the course will allow for capture of changes in understanding, skills and attitudes.


Dates, Times and Locations


Monday 25th June 2018

Gloucester Farmers Club Ltd. Agriculture House, Greville Close, Sandhurst Road, Gloucester GL2 9RG

09.15 – 16.30


Monday 30th July 2018

Clinical Skills Room Dowty Sports and Social Club Down Hatherley Lane, Down Hatherley, Gloucester GL2 9QH

09.15 - 16.30


Friday 7th September 2018

Clinical Skills Room Dowty Sports and Social Club Down Hatherley Lane, Down Hatherley, Gloucester GL2 9QH

09.15 - 16.30


Monday 15th October 2018

Gloucester Farmers Club Ltd. Agriculture House, Greville Close, Sandhurst Road, Gloucester GL2 9RG

09.15 - 16.30




Funding Officer Gloucestershire and Wiltshire – see attached




Training & CPD Events at Gloucestershire Counselling Service


Introduction to Listening & Counselling Skills Training.  Boost your listening skills at work or at home. A great course too if you are thinking of training to be a counsellor. Upcoming courses: June 16th & 17th in Cheltenham and The GCS Summer School in Stroud Aug 6th – 10th Visit: www.gloscounselling.org.uk/training

CPD & Specialist Training Events:led by top trainers in their field, including: Body Talkby Suzanna McKenzie & Madeleine Woof June 23rd exploring the sexual relationship in couples, Attachment Theory & The Internal Working Models of Childrenby Niki Reeves June 2nd & 23rd, Understanding the Effects of Attachment Style on the Teenage Yearsalso by Niki Reeves July 7thvisit: www.gloscounselling.org.uk/events-and-workshops




Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust would like to make Gloucester a happier and healthier place to live for all of its residents (people and wildlife). We are co-developing plans with many organisations and individuals to look at what changes could be made to neighbourhoods in and around the city. However we would like all residents and workers in Gloucester to have their say on changes that could be made, and how people’s lives could be improved.


Please us the link below to answer a short survey and ensure you have your say. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7PCJ67K




Next week the Mental Health Foundation will kick off Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), running 14-20 May. This year the campaign is leading with the theme of stress, asking the question, ‘Stress: are we coping?’. It will seek to highlight the impact stress has on us all, and the connection between stress and our health – both mental and physical.

The Address Your Stress Toolkit
To support the campaign, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England are today launching the Address Your Stress Toolkit: a set of practical resources designed to help people better understand and manage stress.

This toolkit is free for you to download from our campaign page right now, and includes infographics and shareable GIFs on stress and self-care, as well as a signature banner you can see below. Why not get started and show your support by adding this to your email signature right now? 




Dear Members and Supporters,

The NSPA is going out to tender for support to develop its workstream around people with lived experience of suicide and suicidal behaviour.  We believe that there needs to be a stronger voice of these groups of people in the development of suicide prevention policy and practice, locally, regionally and nationally. Following some initial scoping work, our next step is to work with people with lived experience to explore what role NSPA could play to support and enable a network of people across the country.

We invite you to consider submitting a bid for this work – the full details are in the attached document, and the deadline for submission of proposals is 9.00am on Friday 25th May.


Penny Fosten
Executive Lead NSPA

National Suicide Prevention Alliance, The Upper Mill, Kingston Road, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2AF
Telephone: 020 8394 8381 | Switchboard: 020 8394 8300 | E-mail: p.fosten@nspa.org.uk | Web: www.nspa.org.uk



Whats New in Mental Health February 2018.

Mental Health Commissioners Network welcomes clear steer from NHS England on mental health spending link here 

A new guide to raise awareness of suicide risk in primary care – link here 

New debt advice pilot for mental health in Stroud District – link here 

NHS England has launched wave 2 of the perinatal mental health community services development fund – link here 

Early intervention in psychosis waiting times: December 2017 link here 

Improving physical healthcare for people living with severe mental illness (SMI) in primary care: guidance for CCGs link here 

Suicide prevention: policy and strategylink here 

Let’s Walk About Itlink here

Hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders dropped by 12% in a year, from 8,621 in 2015/16 to 7,545 in 2016/17 – link here 

Man “frustrated” at mental health delays took his own life after NHS 111 hung up on him – link here 

What is it like to experience mental health problems link here 

Improving physical healthcare for people with severe mental illness in primary care: guidance for CCGs link here 

Mental and physical health programme for young people rolled outlink here 

Zoe Ball: Sport Relief challenge to raise mental health awarenesslink here 

Nick Gibb: Extra exams would cut risk to pupils’ mental health link here 

Review of mental health transport needs of people subject to the Mental Health Act (MHA)link here



Programme for the Masaf-Lin Conference now available – see attached




My Life,  My Plan

A free workshop for any VCSE organisation, large or small, commissioned or non-commissioned, that is involved in improving the health and wellbeing of people in the community. Places are limited to no more than 2 people per organisation.

This workshop will help you:
Identify the value of your organisation within a commissioning environment
Collect data using a structured methodology and approach that best suits the people you work with
Use this data as a starting point to produce the evidence required in bid-writing for statutory and grant funding streams

This event organised in partnership between the VCS Alliance, Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire County Council.

Date and time: On Tuesday 27 February from 10.30am-3pm. Lunch is provided – please advise any dietary requirements when you book.
Where: The Conservatory, Oxstalls Sports Park, Plock Court, Tewkesbury Road, Gloucester GL2 9DW. There is plenty of parking on site.

The workshop will be delivered by Spice Innovations Ltd, a registered charity and social enterprise association with the NHS IPC (Integrated Personal Commissioning) programme.

To book please email: info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk



 Brexit and mental health link here 

Media Charter : link here 

Counselling for new mums link here 

Student mental health: the role and experiences of academics link here 

Letter from Jeremy Hunt to the Health Select Committee on parity of mental health care between trusts link here 

Letter from Jeremy Hunt to the Health Select Committee on waiting times for autism services link here 

Student mental health: the role and experiences of academics link here 

Supporting mental health for all link here 

Two thirds of UK adults have 'nobody to talk to' about problems -  link here 

New animation highlights benefits of IAPT talking therapieslink here 

Children & Young People Mental Health : end of Consultant Link here



Sunflowers Suicide Support – attached newsletter




A few bits of news and information from MHELO  - please share widely!


1) SPARK JOY - Decluttering for inner calm

The next MHELO Network session will take place on Wednesday 21st February 2018 from 5PM to 7PM (approx.) at The Manor House, 162 Barnwood Road, Gloucester, GL4 3JX. Denise Holder will present a talk about her experiences of decluttering for inner calm  - please find a link to the MHELO website here and our Facebook page here

MHELO events are completely FREE and for anyone with lived experience of mental health difficulties, their support networks and local professionals. 


Do let us know if you're able to make it so we can make sure we've enough drinks and biscuits for everyone. 




2) Nutrition for good mental health and wellbeing

In March we're looking forward to welcoming Kate Birch-Scanlan who will talk about Mental Health and Nutrition. 


Kate will discuss a wide range of topics linked to food and mental health -
•The impact of the western diet on our mental wellbeing.
•Gut health, our microbiome and inflammation and how they can influence mental ill health.
•How we can improve our gut microbiome and decrease inflammation.
•Why sometimes it's very hard to break the habit of eating junk food.
•And also show how you can make some simple swaps to your diet to improve your mental wellbeing.


Come and join us on Wednesday 21st March 2018 from 5PM to 7PM (approx.) at The Manor House, 162 Barnwood Road, Gloucester, GL4 3JX. 

The event is listed on our website here and on Facebook here


As above all MHELO events are completely free and open to people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, their support networks and local professionals. Please share with anyone you think might like to come along.



2) MHELO Steering Group

MHELO is looking for people with lived experience of mental health difficulties to join it's Steering Group. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at The Manor House, 162 Barnwood Road, GL4 3JX usually for a few hours from 4PM to 6PM. Steering members guide MHELO's work and plan for the future, so if you'd like to have a say in how to improve the local offer please get in touch with us - info@mhelo.co.uk 



3) MHELO members were involved in a consultation led by the Care Quality Commission which highlights a “system under strain” as one of the causes in the rise in detentions made under the Mental Health Act, but identifies other factors too -  here




4) And finally...some of you may have already read this report regarding 'adverse childhood experiences and the risk mental illness throughout life' by Public Health Wales. Link here FYI




A free workshop for any VCSE organisation, large or small, commissioned or non-commissioned, that is involved in improving the health and wellbeing of people in the community. Places are limited to no more than 2 people per organisation.


This workshop will help you:

  • Identify the value of your organisation within a commissioning environment
  • Collect data using a structured methodology and approach that best suits the people you work with
  • Use this data as a starting point to produce the evidence required in bid-writing for statutory and grant funding streams

This event is organised in partnership between the VCS Alliance, Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire County Council.


Date and time: On Tuesday 27 February from 10.30am-3pm. Lunch is provided – please advise any dietary requirements when you book.

Where: The Conservatory, Oxstalls Sports Park, Plock Court, Tewkesbury Road, Gloucester GL2 9DW. There is plenty of parking on site.


The workshop will be delivered by Spice Innovations Ltd, a registered charity and social enterprise association with the NHS IPC (Integrated Personal Commissioning) programme. 


To book please email: info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk




Gloucestershire Counselling have spaces remaining for up-coming CPD Courses, please contact Rachael to make bookings: training@gloscounselling.org.uk  


  • Endings by Ally Kessler: February 17th half-day event - in this half-day workshop participants will think together about their clinical experiences
    of endings and the assumptions that underlie our practice; you will explore the difficulties and questions that arise for patient and therapist,
    as you consider the question: how much time is enough?

    contact Rachael to book: training@gloscounselling.org.uk


  • Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy: The principles of Psychoanalytic & Psychodynamic Couple Therapy - by Suzanna McKenzie & Madeleine Woof (Feb 17th, March 17th, April 14th & May 19th)
    This four-day course aims to develop and integrate the use of fundamental couple therapy theories into practice, working with couples and families.
    The main approach will be psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy but will incorporate other approaches and theoretical bases including neuropsychoanalysis,
    systemic thinking, behavioural approaches and attachment theory.

    contact Rachael to book: training@gloscounselling.org.uk




Mental Health First Aid England  : Time to Talk Day 2018


On Thursday 1st February the MHFA England team joined in to mark Time to Talk Day. This year the theme was talking about mental health anywhere.

It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk, the better life is – for all of us. Time to Talk Day is a great reminder for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen and to change lives.

We believe in giving people the skills and confidence to be ready to support mental health anywhere – to listen non-judgementally, to reassure and signpost someone to support. That’s why, for Time to Talk Day, we asked some of our Mental Health First Aiders and instructors to share their message: That it's always a good time to talk about mental health. You can watch their video here.


In keeping with the theme of talking about mental health anywhere, we also asked two of our instructors to share their stories of the most unlikely place they’ve spoken about mental health. Natasha Devon MBE spoke about her experience of a simple conversation creating an unexpected connection, and Stuart Skinner from World Challenge shared his hair raising story of how MHFA skills helped him after an unexpected encounter underwater!

We spoke to ten inspirational instructors and Mental Health First Aiders from very different walks of life to find out how they’re using MHFA to break stigma, and get people talking about mental health. You can read their story here: Talking mental health: from the rugby pitch to the barber shop.

Brogan Driscoll, reporter for the Huffington Post, also wrote about becoming a Mental Health First Aider in an article that was featured on the homepage of the Huffington Post website. As part of the article she spoke to Stuart Skinner and Natasha Devon MBE about their experiences of becoming an instructor and using their MHFA skills.







You may remember that in 2012 the Government massively reduced the budget for publicly funded legal advice – the pot of money that meant anyone, regardless of income, could get help to enforce their rights in the justice system.

They did this through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which meant that legal aid would no longer cover all housing, debt, welfare benefits and family law problems. These are the types of law that those of us living with mental health problems are most likely to need help with. We’re concerned that for too many people, having no legal aid means their problems are spiralling out of control, destroying their lives.

This year the Government is at last reviewing this legislation. This is an opportunity for us to make sure that everyone living with a mental health problem can get legal help when they need it. We need to prove to the Government that, at the moment, this law is having a devastating impact on people with mental health problems. 



That’s where you come in. We’re looking for people who have needed legal help or advice in the past to share their stories. With the help of your stories, we can make sure decision-makers understand the impact this legislation has had, and hopefully encourage them to change the law.


Whatever the nature of your legal problem, and whether or not you got legal aid, we want to hear about your experience of the justice system.


Can you help us? Tell us your experience today.



Whats New in Mental Health January 2018. 

I hope you find the links/guidance below useful:

Mental Health and money advice link here

Schizophrenia - The Abandoned Illness five years on link here

Mental health services monthly statistics: October and November 2017 link here

Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services : November 2017link here

The rise in the use of the Mental Health Act to detain people in England link here

Wellbeing in Mental Healthlink here

Most children and teens with gender dysphoria also have other psychological issues link here

“Lives At Risk: When crisis teams fail to understand the impact of trauma on their patients" – link here

Funding and staffing of NHS mental health providers: still waiting for parity link here

Why ancient herbs are now being prescribed instead of drugs to cure stress link here

Funding and staffing of NHS mental health providers – link here

Mental Health spending link here


Nelson Trust Vacancieslink here 

Depression: 'I kept my head down to survive the day at work' – link here 

Out of area placements in mental health services: October 2017 link here 

Mental health services monthly statistics: final September, provisional October 2017 link here 

Mental Health in Prisonslink here 

Over 42,000 dementia patients on antipsychotics, show first data -  link here

Understanding and dealing with stress – link here



MHELO and Kingfisher Trust are co-hosting an event on Wednesday 17th January from 3.30to 5.30PM at Chuckaboos (The Cavern) for anyone with lived experience of Mental Health Difficulties (including those close to them) to 'feedback on their experiences of local community and voluntary services'.


It's a free event and refreshments will be available on the day, as will help with transport costs – see attached.





Please find attached details of a safeTALK course we’re organising for January – please could you pass this onto colleagues/contacts who may find it useful.


Note that places are limited and only those in the public sector, community and voluntary sectors are eligible to attend this free course.




FREE: Face to Face Energy Efficiency Advice for Vulnerable Consumers – Limited time Only


Until March 2018, Warm and Well are delivering an outreach programme as part of the Big Energy Saving Network.


We are offering face to face energy advice and assistance to vulnerable consumers on tariff switching and accessing funding and support.


We are interested in coming along to existing events you may have planned, where we could engage with vulnerable people, including people over 60, people on low incomes and/or on benefits, people with disabilities or long term health conditions, and those without internet access.


We can offer 1-1 advice as well as short interactive presentations -ideally you will have 20 or more participants.


To book a session, please email Warm and Well on warmandwell@severnwye.org.uk, including a few dates and times to suit you. We will then contact you to make a firm booking.


Please also remember: We offer free energy advice and home visits, and grants for insulation, heating and boiler replacements (subject to funding and eligibility criteria).


The Warm and Well advice line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm - 0800 500 3076


Please forward this information to colleagues who may be interested. Thank you.





In February, the Government introduced regulations that limited the amount of support that people who struggle to make journeys because of psychological distress could get through PIP.


Today the High Court has ruled that these changes are unlawful because they unjustifiably discriminate against people with mental health problems.


This ruling is a big win for all of us who have campaigned against these changes. It is an important first step towards getting these regulations overturned for good. We are very proud to have supported the Public Law Project and their client RF who took this case on behalf of the thousands of people affected.


Thanks to all of you who have campaigned with us since February, by sharing your story or emailing your MP. You’ve helped make a difference to this case. The experiences of Mind campaigners were used as evidence in Court.


We still have some way to go and we expect there to be more legal cases later this year. We know that many people will be anxious to know what this means for their PIP assessment. We have put together some information about what we know so far.


The Judge was clear in his ruling that there was no basis for making the changes. The Government now needs to accept the judgement they have been given so that more than 160,000 people with mental health problems will be able to access support to help them live their lives independently.


Thank you so much for all your help and support this year. Today’s ruling shows that we really can make a difference when we work together.


Mind Policy and Campaigns







Time to Change Children and Young People (CYP) team is now recruiting for eight part time paid positions

We are seeking Regional CYP Co-ordinators who will carry out vital local campaigning work to grow the movement and act as leaders by example for young champions (campaigners with personal experience of mental health problems).

This is an exciting opportunity to make a huge difference to the lives of young people through local campaigning for a leading social movement that is changing attitudes around mental health across England. 

Successful candidates will have personal experience of mental health problems, be willing to travel around the country when needed and will be able to work flexibly.

If you know someone who wants to use their personal experience of mental health problems to be a passionate campaigner for and with young people, please make sure they see this advert.  We are keen to spread the word in local regions countrywide.

Full details about the 8 roles are available here



Whats New in MH - November 2017

Mental health workforce plan link here

Publication of the Community mental health survey 2017 link here

NHS Therapeutic Gardening link here 

Feel Better Singing Choir link here

Mental health trusts restrain patients 'every 10 minutes'link here

Depression link between fathers and teenage children, says studylink here

Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services September 2017 link here

Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics : Final August, Provisional September 2017 link here

How does the NHS in England work? An alternative guidelink here

Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts link here

A 30-minute lesson in the malleability of personality has long-term benefits for anxious, depressed teenagers link here



Pre-Christmas MHELO Network session on Laughter Therapy - see attached poster.


The event is free and there will be a small Christmas party to accompany - nothing too extravagant!


The event is open to anyone with lived experience of mental ill-health and we'd ask they email info@mhelo.co.uk to book a space. 




‘Free Intro to Listening and Counselling skills’ Bishops Cleeve – see attached




Message from Inclusion Gloucestershire


Thank you so much to those who have contributed to the framework of questions that we are planning to use for the new mental health quality checks. Your input has been invaluable and is fundamental  to creating something that works and makes a difference for people with mental ill health.


Next step – testing it out!

We agreed at the focus group that the next step is to do some informal roleplay to test out the questions that we have. This will take place here at the Manor House, 162 Barnwood Road, Gloucester, GL4 3Jx at 3pm on 22nd November. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to play the part of answering the questions. Answers given do not need to be real, but if you do feel able to talk about real experiences that’s great.


Also taking part in this session will be people who have applied for the role of Quality Checker so it is a really good chance to meet them.




If you are planning to apply but haven’t yet, please keep free between 12 and 4pm on the 22nd as we may invite you for a short, informal interview then. (Job description and application form attached).


Finally…we think it is really important for a MHELO member to be on the interview panel. Obviously this has to be someone who is not planning to apply too! You will be needed between 11 and 4pm on the 22nd.


Please get in touch if you have any questions.  Many thanks,


Vicci Livingstone-Thompson

Deputy Chief Executive

01452 623120




Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Awareness Workshop (PIMH) – see attached






Mental Health & Money Advice Service 

Mental Health & Money Advice, the first UK-wide online advice service designed to help people understand, manage and improve their financial and mental health, is launching next Tuesday 28 November.

It’s being launched by Mental Health UK Please watch this short video introducing the Service's new website and share it with your network.

Seasons' Greetings

Spread a little festive cheer this Christmas and help support our work by purchasing our Christmas cards which are on sale now.

Only £4 per pack of 10 cards, plus postage and packaging, you can choose from three seasonal designs. 

Order your Christmas cards from our online shop





Mindful Employer


It’s well recognised that one of the most important areas involved in supporting staff who have a mental health condition is about enabling employees to feel able to talk and managers to know how to respond. There’s no reason at all why a manager should automatically know what to do so we produced a range of publications to help all concerned and also a film which illustrates the difficulties which arise through not talking and the benefits of having that conversation.








Whats New in Mental Health - August 2017

Gloucestershire’s Annual Public Health Report (includes info on mental health) link here 

Eating disorders among men rise by 70% : How to talk about them with a friend who has one - link here 

Failure in Mental Health provision - link here  

The government has published its response to the health select committee’s inquiry into suicide prevention – link here 

Manchester Attack: Mental health support after arena blastlink here 

Mental Health Workforce Plan for England link here 

Mental Health staff recruitment plan for England – link here 

Families bereaved by suicide need support and legal help at inquests – link here 

R5 Breakfast News: "Crisis Teams Need To Be Vigilant" – link here 

Perfectionism as a risk factor for suicide - link here 

Business in the Community toolkitslink here 

Let’s talk about suicidewebinar link here


Whats New in Mental Health - June 2017

Suicide Prevention.



Cambridge University: Psychosocial assessments in hospital after episodes of self-harm and how they impact upon future risk of repeat self-harm



Staff experiences and perceptions of working with inpatients who are suicidal



A healthy state of mind: improving young people's mental fitness



Psychological Therapies : reports on the use of IAPT services



The role of housing in accelerating discharge from mental health care services



CQC request for families, carers and health professionals to provide input to help improve the way in which health providers and NHS Trusts learn from deaths  



As a psychologist for NHS staff I saw how hospital work takes its toll





Advance Notice : Mental Health & Wellbeing Stakeholder Event September 2017


Following many requests from our stakeholders, we are in the process of arranging the next stakeholder event on the topic of Personality Disorder.  Further details will follow when our keynote speaker Rex Haigh FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed his availability.  It is expected that Rex will be accompanied by one or two experts by experience/peer mentors.


Would you please let me know if you have any suggestions in terms of what you think would be valuable at the event?  Karen.taylor29@nhs.net






Funded by Public Health Gloucestershire


Course: Mental Health First Aid

Date: 26th and 28th July 2017 (Wed & Fri)

Venue: The Growth Hub, Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Longlevens, Gloucester GL2 9HW

Times: 9.30 to 4.30 both days

Trainer: Jem Sweet (accredited by MHFA England)


This is what MHFA England say about the course:


Our Adult MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider.

Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

For further information see https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/adult/2-day/

Free workbook and manual to use on the course and keep for future reference


NB the course is likely to be of most benefit to those with little or no previous experience or training about this topic


To register interest or book a place phone 07870 334553 or email: info@trustinyou.org.uk





Our free accredited training “Introduction to energy use in the home and Fuel Poverty Awareness” is now available


  • FREE - funded by all the local authorities in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, through the Warm and Well project
  • For frontline staff, volunteers and councillors who interact with vulnerable clients including:


o   health and social care sector

o   disability and mental health services

o   child and family services

o   black and minority ethnic groups

o   advisory services

o   community and voluntary sector

o   education

o   public sector

o   housing providers

o   local councillors

o   others who may be interested…


  • Fully accredited by the CPD Certification Service and will count towards any CPD goals of staff/volunteers
  • Only 120 minutes long and can be run as an extended team meeting or as an event in its own right


Participants will


  • understand the main uses of energy in the home
  • understand what is meant by fuel poverty, how it is measured, and its causes
  • understand the effects of fuel poverty, how these can be minimised, and identify those at risk
  • be able to signpost and refer householders to appropriate support
  • learn how to assist clients/patients save energy and money while keeping warmer and healthier at home


Venue options:


  • You can host a training session - ideally you will have 10 or more participants. Warm and Well will come to you. All you need to do is provide a room!
  • Other options are being arranged. We will contact again about these.


To book a training session, please email Warm and Well on warmandwell@severnwye.org.uk, including a few dates and times to suit you. We will then contact you to make a firm booking.




Message from MIND


The Queen officially opened Parliament with a speech which outlined the laws the Government hopes to introduce over the next two years.


In her speech, the Queen said the Government will reform mental health legislation, including the Mental Health Act, and ensure that mental health is prioritised in the NHS in England.


We’re pleased the Government has made these commitments and we’ll be holding them to account to make sure they deliver on these promises.


Mental health services have been underfunded for decades. For too long, those of us with mental health problems have had to put up with second-rate, second-class services.


We will campaign for mental health services that offer everyone the treatment and support they need, when they need it. Changing the Mental Health Act is a mammoth task, so we’ll be watching to see that it’s done properly. We’ll be pushing for legislation that gives people choice, control and dignity.




The Queens speech stated that the government will now begin to consider what further reform of mental health legislation is necessary, including changes in how the Mental Health Act is implemented on the ground. As part of this they will review the mental health legislative landscape and publish recommendations on "where new policy could provide greater rights for those experiencing mental health problems so they can live lives free from discrimination." 


If you would like some more information on the Queen's speech the NHS Confederation has put together a briefing which summarises the main points for the health and care sector.




RCPsych event on Urgent and Emergency Mental Health pathways

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) are holding an event on Friday 14 July on achieving better access to 24/7 urgent and emergency mental health care.

The one day event, chaired by Jim Symington, national advisor to the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, will bring together CCGs, emergency service professionals, experts by experience, professionals from crisis teams and liaison psychiatry. The discussion will focus on NHS England's implementation guides to help prepare and support services and CCGs, as well as sharing practical ideas on improving access, delivering compassionate and person-centred care and improving the care pathway. 

Places are free but spaces are limited. If you would like to attend please email aba.emergbl@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Whats New in Mental Health - March 2017 (3)

It's good to talk: pupils gather for world's largest mental health lesson



Why virtual reality could be a mental health gamechanger



NICE advocates annual mental checks for offenders



Negative effects of new psychoactive substances 



Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis reveals which professions have the highest risk of suicide



Schools must do more on mental health, say School Reporters



Senior pupils help younger ones over mental health



Stormzy criticises 'foul' NME over mental health cover



Zero Suicide Event



Dying from inequality: socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour



Health Select Committee on suicide prevention



Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final December 2016, Provisional January 2017



Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Report, December 2016 Final, January 2017 Primary and most recent quarterly data (Quarter 2 2016/17)





Survey for professionals only


Dear Colleague


As you may know, Gloucestershire County Council commissions a community based service for people living with serious mental illness, called the “Independence Trust Mental Health and Wellbeing Service”. This is provided by the Independence Trust, part of the Hereford Housing group. We are starting to review this service, and initially would like to hear from people who either refer clients into the service, or work with the Independence Trust to provide some of the wider community delivery.


Please can you complete a survey using the following link, and cascade to people within your teams who do or could refer into the service, or work in partnership with the service.  https://gloucestershire-consult.objective.co.uk/public/health/wellbeingservices/wellbeingservices


This survey is not for service users or carers, and will be followed by a separate consultation for this group.


Please contact me if you have any queries


Frances Clark-Stone

Outcome Manager – Mental Health Commissioning

 Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

 Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group


T: Telephone: 01452 328608

E: frances.clark-stone@gloucestershire.gov.uk





You're Welcome Workshops are back!

Barnwood Trust, alongside partners, is launching its latest phase of free, fun and inspiring workshops for people living and working across Gloucestershire. They will run April - July 2017. 

The workshops are designed to support people to grow more welcoming and inclusive communities. A short description of each of the workshops can be found below.



Mental Health Foundation : That water cooler chat is more important than you think...

Work can be challenging and rewarding and a great asset to our mental health, but we also know work related stress can quickly take a toll on our mental health. Having good relationships both inside and out of work can have as much impact on our mental health as obesity or smoking and the line management relationship is a great place to start.

Luckily, the principles of good management and good business practice are, by and large, principles which contribute to the development of a mentally healthy workplace. We've written a blog on how to make the most of the line management relationship and here are some of our top tips:

  • Make time for your staff with regular catch ups
  • Turn off your phone in meetings- be present and focused
  • Listen- then recap on what's been discussed and make sure you act on anything you say you will
  • Don't give stigma a home- stop any comments with may affect mental health and lead from the front.


Read our blog in full about the difference a strong line manager relationships can make to the mental health of your organisation





Time to Change have launched a new national campaign, aimed at children and young people.   This marks the next phase of our work with young people and has been developed following research carried out over the last year


In any given year 1 in 10 children will fight a mental health problem.


Our research revealed that while awareness of mental health problems is improving, understanding is still poor in this age group. It also showed that young people have a strong impulse to help and support a friend who might be struggling 


Using a series of short films, the In Your Corner campaign shows young people how they can easily support a mate if they are struggling.


Free resources 


Watch the campaign videos 


Download and use posters, email signatures and social media graphics 


Read our guide for parents


 Share the campaign with young people you work with and ensure they are in their friends' corner.




Free e-Learning package for all university Staff  For students experiencing depression, anxiety, homesickness or low self-esteem, that first conversation can make all the difference.


For students in distress, the first point of contact is often with non-specialist university staff such as porters, domestic staff, bar staff, security, academic tutors or maintenance staff. The first conversation students have with a member of staff like this can be vital – in ensuring they receive a warm, empathic and understanding response to help them immediately, and that they are then signposted, if necessary, to receive help from a mental health specialist.   Developed by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust,this new e-learning package is designed to give non-specialist staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer this first line of support.   Introduced by well-known TV presenter Alexander Armstrong, the package consists of six, easy-to-follow 20-minute sessions, including:


 ·         Signs to look out for

·         Key helping skills

·         Knowing who else to involve

·         Supporting students at risk or in crisis


Student mental health is a growing area of concern, with increasing numbers of students struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm and suicide risk. There is no doubt that equipping staff with the necessary skills and confidence will put students in a better position to be supported with their mental health issues at an earlier point.


Visit http://learning.cwmt.org.uk to access the e-learning or find out more.   If you would like to promote the e-learning in your university Posters and palm cards are also available to order: please call 01635 869754 or email amy.neal@cwmt.orgto order these.


Young people 'fear stigma' if they ask for mental health help

The Prince’s Trust has published part 2 of the Youth Index 2017 which looks at the views and outlooks of young people aged 16 to 25 in the UK. Findings from an online survey of 2,215 young people conducted by YouGov include: 78% of young people think there is a stigma attached to mental health issues; 24% of young people would not confide in someone if they thought they were experiencing a mental health problem; 56% of young people who said they have experienced a mental health problem didn’t believe in themselves when they were at school.   Source: The Prince’s Trust  Date: 01 March 2017

Further information: Youth index 2017 


Young men and self harm

YoungMinds reports on a survey looking at the self harm behaviours of young men. The survey, commissioned by The Mix, Self-Harm UK and Young Minds and carried out by YouGov, finds that: 24% of 16-24-year-old men in the UK have intentionally hurt themselves; and 22% have considered self harm as a way of coping with a difficult situation or emotion.

Source: Young Minds  Date: 01 March 2017




Whats New in Mental Health - March 2017 (2)

Health Select Committee on Suicide Prevention



Islington IAPT Service – An IAPT service with a strong focus on recovery rates #5YFVMH-1YearOn



County Durham Crisis and Liaison #5YFVMH-1YearOn



Tower Hamlets Early Intervention and Detection Services #5YFVMH-1YearOn



The Aldershot Safe Haven Café #5YFVMH1YearOn



A report from the Samaritans links higher risk of suicide with inequality



Prison Psychiatrists warn mental health care breaking point



Suicide Crisis In The Media “When We Experience Suicidal Crisis, Is It Because We Are Not Resilient Enough?” 



 The Guardian: After My Suicide Crisis I Set Up A Centre To Give Others The Safety Net I Needed





Active Gloucestershire and the VCS Alliance will be holding a ‘Mental Health, sport and physical activity’ meeting on Wednesday 29th March between 2pm and 4.30pm at The Manor House, 162 Barnwood rd, Gloucester GL4 3JX. The aims of the meeting are:

To help us mapout what is currently available in the county

To provide information on existing opportunities

To identify what works and what needs to improve to ensure that people with mental health difficulties can access sport and physical activities.


The meeting is open to all but may be of particular interest to:


People with lived experience of mental health difficulties (past or present.)

Organisations working with people with mental health difficulties.

Activity providers, deliverers or facility providers.

Health and well- being professionals.

Community and voluntary groups.


Teas and coffee and refreshments are provided. In order to help us plan for numbers could you please confirm your attendance by registering at the Eventbrite link  - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-sport-and-physical-activity-forum-tickets-32436162435



Message from MHELO


Dear friend, Have a look at this: http://bit.ly/2moNJYr

The government’s changing the rules so that people with mental health problems can’t get an essential financial support called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This is money that helps people pay for carers or therapy sessions. In other words, money needed to live with dignity. 

The government’s sneaking through the changes next week without a vote. But there’s a last-minute way that thousands of us could stop this cut happening. The plan is to use a special parliamentary process to force a proper vote in the House of Commons - and the bigger the public outcry, the more likely it is to happen.

Will you join me and sign the petition to demand the government continue funding mental health benefits? 


Message from the Independence Trust


Please find attached details of the free “First Steps – Get Ready” course running over 2 weeks on a Tuesday and Thursday 10am-1pm. 


You are invited to enrol for the first programme on Monday 20th March between 10am and 1pm at Independence Trust, 1 Mill Place, Bristol Road, Gloucester, GL1 5SQ.  Thereafter, enrolment for further programmes will take place every Monday at the same time and place (except for bank holidays).


Would you kindly circulate this invitation to any of your contacts who may be interested.


We look forward to welcoming you very soon.




Improving Mental Health in the Workplace Wednesday 17th May 2017 – Central London

For brochure and booking form click here

Book Now: Book online here or email me at conference.events@capita.co.uk using Booking Source Code EMBL

As the Prime Minister unveils plans to transform organisations’ mental health support provisions our conference offers expert guidance and trailblazing approaches to improving employees’ mental health.

With an estimated 18 million days lost to absence caused by poor mental health at a cost of around £9 billion to employers in 2015,* ensuring your organisation has a comprehensive strategy for managing mental wellbeing is now an urgent priority.

* The Shared Society: Prime Minister’s speech at the Charity Commission, 9th January 2017

Chaired by Rachel Suff, Public Policy Adviser, Employment Relations, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)





Mental health in STPs

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) have analysed NHS England's latest mental health dashboard, looking at mental health spend by STP region. They found that of the 44 STP areas, four are investing less in mental health care this year (2016-17) compared to last year (2015-16). You can see the interactive map they've put together on this. 

RCPsych have focused on the percentage change in aggregate mental health planned spend as a proportion of overall CCG allocation from 2015/16 to 2016/17 by STP. This means the figures are based on the average of the comparable figures for each CCG in that STP area - if one CCG performs particularly well or badly it can set the tone for the whole area.

The HSJ ran a story on this and I provided a comment emphasisng that commissioners are serious and ambitious about improving mental health services and achieving parity of esteem but we are working in an incredibly financially challenged climate. The range of high priority and competing demands that CCGs have on their budgets can make it difficult to deliver transformation, in spite of their clear desire to do so. Read the full article.




Mental Health Workforce Roundtable - 5 May

Centre for Mental Health has been commissioned by the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network to assess the future workforce for mental health. They are exploring the challenges faced by the current workforce and the workforce that will be required in the future to meet people’s needs longer term.
A consultation event is being held on Friday 5 May in London to speak to, and get feedback from, people who work in mental health, including commissioners and other stakeholders. The discussion will focus on four areas:

  • Capacity – meeting growing demand with limited (maybe shrinking) resources.
  • Culture – changing aspirations and attitudes.
  • Skills – to work in different ways.
  • Knowledge – of new and emerging approaches.


If you would like to attend this event please get in touch via s.connor@nhscc.org and we will confirm the details with you.



Whats New in Mental Health - March (1)

Looking back, looking forward: the FYFV for mental health one year on | Claire Murdoch



Thousands of children and teenagers with anorexia forced to wait months for help



Obesity in Mental Health Secure Units



Perinatal Mental Health a clinical priority



Mental health in primary care conference



Mental Health first aiders in schools



Maternal Mental Health Women’s Voices



Preventing Prison Suicides : Staff Perspective



Mental Health Community Teams Activity Data



Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final November, Provisional December 2016



Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services - January 2017




Mental Health, Sport and Physical Activity
Active Gloucestershire and the VCS Alliance will be holding a Mental Health, sport and physical activity meeting on Wednesday 29 March from 2pm-4.30pm at The Manor House, 162 Barnwood Road, Gloucester GL4 3JX.


  • The aims of the meeting are: to help us map out what is currently available in the county; to provide information on existing opportunities; to identify what works and what needs to improve to ensure that people with mental health difficulties can access sport and physical activities.
  • The meeting is open to all but may be of particular interest to: people with lived experience of mental health difficulties (past or present); organisations working with people with mental health difficulties; activity providers, deliverers or facility providers; health and wellbeing professionals; community and voluntary groups.


Please confirm your attendance by registering on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-sport-and-physical-activity-forum-tickets-32436162435.



Mental Health First Aid Lite Course
For the voluntary, community and public sector on 30 March at St Mary’s Congregational Church Hall, Gloucester GL1 2QS from 9.15am to 12.30pm. Funded by Public Health Gloucestershire. Course instructors, accredited by MHFA England: Jem Sweet and Christine Sweet of Trust in You CIC.
By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Define mental health and some common mental health issues
  • Identify stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues
  • Relate to people's experiences and support people in distress
  • Look after your own mental health.


The course is of most benefit to those with little or no previous experience or training about this topic.  To book a place phone 07870 334553 or email info@trustinyou.org.uk.




Mental Health First Aid Lite Course


Mental Health First Aid Lite is a respected national learning programme.  The course is a three hour introductory mental health awareness course which will enable you to:


  • Gain a wider understanding of the issues surrounding mental health
  • Work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems
  • Identify the discrimination surrounding mental health
  • Define mental health and some mental health problems
  • Relate to people’s experiences
  • Look after your own mental health


Aimed at anyone who is in a situation where they feel they may benefit from increased awareness of mental health issues, particularly carers, family and friends.


As part of our commitment to supporting organisations to manage mental health in the workplace, we also offer places to employers.  These will provide greater opportunity to discuss how and why positive and negative mental health affects business and develop a business case for promoting positive mental health in the workplace.


You’ll receive a certificate of attendance and a manual with further information and resources.  Please note that numbers enrolling from any one organisation may be restricted if demand is high.


It will be held on Monday 27th March 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Where: The Council Chamber, Cotswold District Council, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AZ

To book please telephone: 01452 894204 or email jackie.baker7@nhs.net




The Let’s Talk service has a new website.

The Let’s Talk is a service for adults experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression. An individual can be referred into the service via their GP or they can self-refer themselves.

The site can be accessed through the same link – www.talk2gether.nhs.uk – however it has an updated look, improved layout and a wide range of improved functionality.

This includes:

•           A quick self-assessment tool which uses the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) and Generalised Anxiety Disorders (GAD) questionnaire to give a quick guide to the person’s level of depression and/or anxiety.
•           A self-referral form linking directly to IAPTus (the clinical system used within Let’s Talk). This will streamline self-referral and be a helpful option for those people who prefer to book online, rather than speak to someone on the telephone.
•           Sections on each of the health conditions Let’s Talk treats, including further reading and resources.
•           A password protected area for service users, giving them access to online learning materials and self-help workbooks.

The site also features a series of short films, giving an overview of the service and sharing the personal experiences of service users who have benefitted from the support Let’s Talk provides.


Please circulate and raise awareness.




Family Lives is looking for Volunteer Mental Health Buddies
Can you offer someone recovering from a mental illness support to:


  • Improve self-management and coping skills
  • Reduce social isolation
  • Increase physical and social activity?


Call Rebecca Wheatley: 07587 373 436 email RebeccaW@Familylives.org.uk





Please find attached details of the latest Positive Caring Programme Sessions in Cheltenham for carers.  Please signpost/circulate where appropriate.




Citizens Advice is looking looking to recruit a  Trainee Mental Health Money Advice Worker

(22.5 hrs/week) to work in our busy Stroud Office


The successful candidate will be a qualified mental health practitioner who will be given full training to become a fully qualified money adviser working within our busy Debt Team to support people experiencing mental health and money difficulties.


Salary: £20,661 pro rata whilst training, rising to £25,952 pro rata once qualified.  1 year contract initially


For more information and a job pack, go to

www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk/stroud-cab-news.php or email denise.stride@ca-scd.org.uk or phone 01453 758252 ex 311.


Closing date: Friday March 24th

Interviews: Monday April 3rd


We welcome and encourage enquiries and applications from people that reflect the diversity of the communities which we serve.




The new Time to Change campaign has been launched. In Your Corner shows the easy ways anyone can step in and support a mate by being in their corner. 

Over the last eight years there have been positive changes in the way people across England think and act about mental health. 3.4 million people have improved attitudes since Time to Change started. 




BBC had a health week where they covered all manner of NHS news. It focused on the key challenges the health and care system is facing and, as you would expect, mental health featured heavily. As part of this BBC's Panorama ran a dedicated programme looking at the current state of mental health services including the challenges around funding.

Then this week saw the first year anniversary of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, the much welcomed road map setting out a ten year journey for mental health transformation. There's still much to be done but one year on we're making some good progress. As the MHCN, we will continue to support you and will make sure we're doing all we can to keep up the momentum on this agenda.


Thrive Plan from the West Midlands Mental Health Commission 
As you may have seen the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission (WMCA) has recently launched the Thrive West Midlands plan in which CCGs and other key organisations across the region have agreed a series of actions and pledges to promote good mental health. The commission was chaired by Norman Lamb MP, who speaking at the launch about the plan said:  “I have seen recommendations made and then nothing changes…instead we have come up with concrete actions that people have signed up to.”

Call for case studies - mental health and primary care
We're producing a new report highlighting how CCGs are working to deliver more for patients in primary care when it comes to their mental health. As part of this we are looking for case studies so please do get in touch if you are doing work that we could feature – I know that there’s a lot of good practice in this critical area taking place across the country!  

We’ll be using the report to help spread learning and raise awareness of best practice. We’ll also use it to lobby and inform and influence national bodies, government, parliament, the media and other key stakeholders.

For further information or to let us know about case studies please email Sinéad Connor, Network and Project Manager, via s.connor@nhscc.org by Friday 3 March – at this stage we just need brief details including, where applicable, any positive results that  you have seen to date. You can see our last case studies report around early intervention on the NHSCC website.




Whats New in Mental Health - January 2017 (1)

Specialist substance misuse services for young people: a rapid mixed-methods evidence review of current provision and main principles for commissioning



Experts acknowledge that mental health problems may be more difficult to diagnose for people with learning disabilities



Mental Health funds must reach the front line



Immigration Removal Centres in England : A mental health needs analysis



Promising signs in a challenging landscape: mental health in 2016



MINDSet launch at the Houses of Parliament



The Government’s response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health



The Independent : spending of child mental health money



Support after a suicide: A guide to providing local services



Preventing suicide in England: Third progress report of the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives



Support after a suicide: a guide to providing local services



Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services - November 2016



Only half of teenage girls in Gloucestershire say they are happy



Scouts and Guides 'grow up to have better mental health'



Some psychotic episodes 'may be triggered by immune disorders'




New Gloucestershire Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service goes live

Social care and health charity Change, Grow, Live (CGL) has opened a new Community Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service in Gloucestershire. The service, commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council, will provide treatment and support options to individuals struggling with substance misuse.

CGL is working with a number of partners across Gloucestershire to deliver a holistic and comprehensive range of services to people in local communities. Partners include Barnardo’s, Young Gloucestershire, ARA, Emerging Futures, Intuitive Thinking, Lloyds Pharmacy and local children and adult’s social care services and criminal justice partners. The service will also develop innovative education, training and employment solutions with local private sector company The Commercial Group.

The new service is operating from a range of hubs, with office bases in central Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud. There are also a number of discreet community venues across the county, ensuring services are accessible for everyone. Updates will be posted at https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-gloucestershire.



Mental Health First Aid Training Courses

Trust in You is offering free two-day mental health first aid training courses for the voluntary/community and public sectors funded by Public Health Gloucestershire.

The course will equip participants to feel confident about helping someone experiencing mental health challenges, providing help on a first aid basis, guiding someone towards the right support and reducing the stigma of mental illness. The course is likely to be of most benefit to those with little or no previous experience or training about this topic.


  • 26 and 27 April, Longfield, Minchinhampton, Stroud, 9.30am to 4.30pm both days
  • 11 and 12 May, Cotswold District Council, Cirencester, 9.30am to 4.30pm both days


To register interest or book a place, phone 07870 334553 or email info@trustinyou.org.uk



Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

The course, funded by Public Health Gloucestershire, is free to voluntary, community and public sector workers who support people with mental health issues or suicidal thoughts. It is being run in Gloucester on 22 & 23 February, 16 & 17 May and 14 & 15 November 2017. Read more details here. To book, please contact commissioningadmin@gloucestershire.gov.uk.



Shaping the integrated Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles Service – see attached invitation




Raising Awareness of Abuse within Teenage Relationships

A Half Day Conference facilitated by Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board on 22nd February 2017, 12:45pm – 16:45pm, The Guildhall, Gloucester


This half day conference has been developed and designed in partnership with GCC ‘Ambassadors for Vulnerable Children and Young People’ and focusses on recent learning from the ‘Lucy’ Serious Case Review


The conference is provided free of charge and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis


If you would like to book a place then please email the GSCB Business Unit mail@gscb.org.uk with your name, job role, organisation, contact phone number and email address.

Please state DA Conference Booking Request in the subject line.




MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID for the Armed Forces Community CHELTENHAM - Tues 31st JAN & Wed 1st FEB 2017 – details previously circulated. Cost is £225 per person.



Whats New in Mental Health - December 2016 (2)

Scale of suicide unacceptable, say MPs



Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme


The Independent: What it's like to work at a Suicide Crisis Centre over Christmas and New Year





Funded by Public Health Gloucestershire


Course: Mental Health First Aid

Date: 16th and 17th January 2017

Venue: Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm Stadium

Times: 9.30 to 4.30 both days


Includes workbook and manual to use during the course and keep for future reference


The course will equip you to feel confident about:

Talking with someone who is experiencing mental health challenges
Providing help on a first aid basis
Guiding someone towards the right support
Reducing the stigma of mental illness


For information about course content see http://mhfaengland.org/first-aid-courses/adult-mhfa/


NB the course is likely to be of most benefit to those with little or no previous experience or training about this topic


Course instructor, accredited by MHFA England: Jem Sweet of Trust in You Community Interest Company


To register interest or book a place phone 07870 334553 or email: info@trustinyou.org.uk






*Places still available* ASIST Training in January and February


Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training (ASIST) is an interactive and practical two day course that has been described as a form of ‘suicide first aid’.


Recent delegates on the course have described it as:


“Very good training, very informative and varied range of skills, thank you”

“thank you for a very informative course – easy to understand and well presented”

“I found the training very constructive and it’s given me the confidence to try and help those at risk of suicide”


Free places still available on;


Weds 19, Thurs 20 January 2017

Weds 22, Thurs 23 February 2017


Please see attached flier for more information or book a course by emailing commissioningadmin@gloucestershire.gov.uk




Reminder : You may be aware that the Government issued the Improving Lives green paper last month for consultation – see attached an overview of the key points.


Please circulate to your networks and encourage your customers and service users to get involved - this is a really important consultation and it is important that we feed our views into it.


The link to the full document can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/work-health-and-disability-improving-lives








Heritage Is for Everyone – Heritage Lottery Fund Funding Information Event for Equalities Groups on 31st January, 2-4pm at the Growth Hub, Oxstalls Campus, GL29HW


Gloucestershire VCS Alliance and BSWN are working with Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to host an HLF Information Event for equalities groups and organisations. HLF funds a wide range of projects from £3000 and upwards that actively involve people in heritage. This can include

  • cultural traditions,
  • histories of people, communities, places or events;
  • languages and dialects;
  • people’s memories and experiences
  • and more!


HLF is keen to support the development of projects which achieve outcomes for people, heritage and communities from groups working with people:


  • with physical, sensory or learning disabilities or mental health issues
  • from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups, religious groups, Gypsies and Travellers
  • from LGBT communities


This event will tell you more about HLF’s grant schemes Sharing Heritage; First World War: then and now; Young Roots and Our Heritage funding programmes and some of the inspiring projects which equalities groups are running using HLF funding.


Presentations will focus on HLF’s grant schemes and cover:

  • What is heritage?
  • The application and assessment process
  • Application tips
  • Project outcomes


There will be an opportunity to ask questions, meet other groups and discuss potential heritage project ideas. 1:1 HLF surgeries will be available for groups to discuss specific heritage project ideas. These need to be booked in advance.

To book your place at the event: Email: Info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk

To book a 1:1 surgery: Please email timb@hlf.org.uk by Friday 20th January

Please let us know of any access requirements




It’s less than two months until Time to Talk Day 2017 which takes place on Thursday 2 February. Time to Talk Day brings the nation together to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems. Since it first launched in 2014, it’s sparked millions of conversations in workplaces, schools, homes, sports clubs, in the media and online.

For 2017 we’re focusing on how positive conversations about mental health change lives, and urging people to start up a conversation, whatever the hour, on Time to Talk Day itself. People will be able to log their conversations on our website and we’ll track how the nation is talking round the clock.

Your help can make sure we reach more people – and that more conversations take place – than ever before. You can support Time to Talk Day in your workplace by using our materials, spreading the word, or hosting an event.

If you have Champions in your workplace, they will receive an activities pack so please make sure you link in with them.

We'd love to hear what you have planned - please contact us and let us know. Once you’ve arranged your activity please register it on our website to spread the word.



On 22 July 2016 The House of Commons Health Select Committee launched an inquiry into the action which is necessary to improve suicide prevention in England, and in November they took evidence from a wide range of contributors from across the country, including many voices from the South West.

The South West Zero Suicide Collaborative submitted written evidence, alongside Torbay Public Health Team, the RNLI, Samaritans, Suicide Crisis, Papyrus, MIND, Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue and many others. Particular thanks go to Marie Ash who courageously went to give evidence in person on behalf of the Devon Suicide Prevention Alliance, and to Lynden Lynn who wrote her own personal testimony. We look forward to seeing the results of this inquiry in the new year. Links to all the evidence is available here:

Gloucester2Gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucester SOBS are busy planning their next Conference, in partnership with the South West Zero Suicide Collaborative, to take place on 23rd June 2017



Whats New in Mental Health - December 2016

New CCG access indicator for children’s mental health



Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2015/16



Recovery College – mental health support

Mental health support for people over 16 years. Further information on this poster.


Preventing Prison Suicide



Men and Suicide: What They Are Telling Us About The Kind Of Care They Want


On Call With The Charity Suicide Crisis: BBC TV News Follows The Team As They Go Out To Clients At Risk In Gloucestershire


More money pledge for women’s mental health



Pregnant women and new mums in mental health funding boost



Children’s Mental Health



Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey




Advance Notice – Mental Health & Wellbeing Stakeholder Event


To be held at 12.45 pm to 4.00 pm on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at the Dowty Sports and Social Club, Down Hatherley Lane, Down Hatherley, Staverton, Gloucester, GL2 9QH. Further details to follow in the New Year.




Heads Up Cheltenham December – see attached





The Family Haven is looking for trustees

The Family Haven is a small local charity based in Spa Road, Gloucester, which provides practical help and support to deprived, disadvantaged and vulnerable families with pre-school children living in the County of Gloucestershire. We predominantly help families living in B&B or unsuitable accommodation, those with mental health issues, victims of domestic abuse and pre-school children with special needs.

We are looking for trustees to help govern and strategically drive The Family Haven to meet its objectives and continue to provide the much needed services to Gloucester’s most marginalised families:


  1. Chair of trustees to provide guidance and leadership to the Board
  2. Trustee with marketing and communications expertise including social media
  3. Trustee with HR, operational management and experience of working within the voluntary sector
  4. Trustee with experience of working with and managing volunteers


For further information please call Louise Williams on 07789 482597.





Mental Health Foundation : A study on 2,000 Brits has revealed that average person will say “I’m fine” 14 times a week, but only 19% will actually mean it. This is a surprising statistic - and one which we are challenging. Our ‘I’m Fine’ poster campaign has been launched across a wide network of trains in London to challenge the stigma against mental health, and to “bring back meaning” to our daily conversations.

A video campaign has also been produced to accompany our posters.
Control and click to Watch our video campaign


Whats New in Mental Health - November 2016

Is mental health crisis care in crisis?



Age UK examine the unmet mental health needs of older people



The Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard



CCGs 2015/16 assessment for Maternity and Mental Health



Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions



Health professions calling for greater leadership and action to tackle early deaths of people living with severe mental illness



Why can’t the NHS treat my mental health as effectively as my cancer?


Mental health digital innovators to apply for new £400k fund



NHS figures show 'shocking' rise in self-harm among young



Trust finances raise concerns about the future of the Mental Health Taskforce recommendations



IAPT early implementers will set pace for integrating mental and physical health



How to manage and reduce stress




E-bulletin produced by Public Health England South West Health & Wellbeing Team - October 2016 – see attached




This is to inform you that the PHE Guidance on Local Suicide Prevention Planning has been made available via the link below

Suicide prevention: developing a local action plan - Publications - GOV.UK

This will be followed over the next few days by a letter from the Secretary of State to the Chief Executives of each Local Authority encouraging them to use this to develop their local plans.

Other documents are available via the suicide portal: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/suicide-prevention-resources-and-guidance



Time to Change.

Save the date!

​Time to Talk Day 2017 will be on Thursday 2 February. Save the date and look out for more information soon on all the different ways you can get involved and start the conversation about mental health.

We are pleased to announce that Time to Change Employers team have secured funding for a further three years.

Since Time to Change began in 2008, over 400 organisations have committed to change the way they think and act about mental health problems in their workplace by signing the Employer Pledge.

Across the country, Time to Change also work with schools and in communities to change attitudes. While there has been significant progress in improving attitudes, raising awareness and opening up more conversations, it’s not universal. Our national campaigns will be targeted to reach people who have not yet engaged to improve their attitudes and encourage them to be open to mental health.

And we will work with hundreds more organisations, supporting them to implement plans to transform their policies and practices where mental health is concerned.


Do you work in a secondary school or youth organisation? Want to talk about mental health with students or young people you work with but not sure how?

It's not too late to join our 'make time' programme this November. Sign up and you'll receive free session plans and materials to help your students talk about mental health. You'll be joining hundreds of schools across the country taking part.

'The school loved this campaign and the students really engaged with all the work.' Sean Jordan, Youth and Wellbeing worker, Greenwood Academy

'All the staff have generally been very positive about the resources, so the feedback has been really good. The sessions were all well structured and one of the main feedback points has been that the resources are student friendly.' Laura Windebank, Academy Counsellor, Skinners’ Academy, Hackney

Email naomi.russell@rethink.org for more information



Crisis Care Concordat – moving forward

Since it was launched in February 2014, thanks to the support and commitment of everyone involved, the Concordat has gone from strength to strength. Every area in England has an action plan outlining how local organisations will come together to commission and provide better mental health crisis care. As intended, from today, Mind’s role as Concordat Secretariat comes to an end. The Concordat will now be progressed by the Department of Health, the Home Office and NHS England. All signatories remain committed to realising the aims of the Concordat and improving outcomes for everyone who experiences a mental health crisis.

>> Read more about how the Concordat will move forward



Whats New in Mental Health - October 2016


Stigma faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties.


Gloucestershire’s elephant in the room.


Mental Health Film produced for Clinical Commissioning Group Annual General Meeting


Report from Age UK, mental health services are failing to meet demand from an ageing population.


Commitments to increase mental health funding not reaching the frontline.


Mental Illness recovery linked with deprivation.


Mental Health services not considering needs of women.



Listening Post Seminar Programme – the only way is ethics – see events calendar

Public Health England South West Mental Health e-bulletin October 2016 – see events calendar


Whats New in Mental Health - August 2016

Managing stress and avoiding burnout: Part 1 – understanding stress and burnout


Government announces successful bids to £15 million mental health fund


The London Mental Health Clinical Network has published guidance on improvements to access, training and education for mental health in primary care settings


A new programme will help an extra 30,000 new or expectant mothers who experience serious mental ill health


High Suicide Rate Under Crisis and Home Treatment Teams

Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final May, Provisional June 2016
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Report, May 2016 Final, June 2016 Primary and most recent quarterly data (Quarter 4 2015-16)


HQIP Vlog: A video round up of key findings within mental health, arthritis and emergency surgery


The Department of Health has launched a mental health check for those adversely affected by the 2015 and 2016 attacks in Paris and Brussels


CIPD report focussing on mental health in the workplace highlights that only 10% of organisations provide training for Line Managers in managing and supporting staff with mental health difficulties


Stress levels among primary care staff


Audley Harrison: Mental suffering affected my career


Gloucestershire’s Suicide Crisis Centre: How to really prevent suicide


How can we improve mental health care?


Whats New In Mental Health - July 2016

Prescribing of antidepressants growing faster than any other area



People's experience of primary mental health services in Wales: three years on



A spectrum of obstacles: an inquiry into access to healthcare for autistic people



New Statistics of deaths reported by Coroners



Suicide by Children and Young People



Children and young people's mental health - policy, services, funding and education



Funding for Mental Health



NSPCC argues for change in infant mental health



The Policing and Crime Bill : Report Stage



Improving access to psychological therapies report – spring 2016 data



Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final March 2016



Improving access to psychological therapies report: March final, April primary 2016


What's New in Mental Health - June 2016.

Looking after infant mental health


Working together to improve babies lives


Using digital technology to access mental health care


RAIDPlus integrated mental health urgent care test bed



This isn’t acceptable’: outcry at state of NHS mental health care funding



Budget management of tertiary mental health services



Children wait ten years for mental health support, says review from Centre for Mental Health



Find the Word campaign



Suicide Crisis from the Daily Express in your ‘what’s new in mental health’ bulletin

Gloucestershire Counselling Service is running a Supervision course from September in Stroud. The details are here: http://www.gloscounselling.org.uk/events-and-workshops

Gloucestershire Counselling Service, Alma House, 52/53 High St, Stroud, Gl5 1AP www.gloscounselling.org.uk


The Mental Health Transport Review Mental Health Transport Survey has been extended to the end of June 2016. Please encourage those who have been transported under the Mental Heath Act (MHA) to participate. This is very important part of the review as there is no current data about what people want from their transport under the MHA. The closest we have are general statements in Chapter 17 of the MHA Code of Practice.


Please contact David Pugh, MCA & MHA Consultant (david.pugh@gloucestershire.gov.uk , Mob: 07905238573) or Linda Buckley, Commissioning Manager (linda.buckley3@nhs.net) if you have any queries.


Self employment course for carers – see attached.

ACSYL (A Circle Supporting You for Life)
ACSYL builds lifelong circles of advocacy and friendship for individuals who are at risk of social isolation.  The organisation is looking for people who would like to work as part-time Community Connectors in Cheltenham and Gloucester. The role of the Community Connector is to:
  • work with an individual who would like to have a circle
  • identify local people who can form intentional friendships with the individual, based on shared interests
  • facilitate these new friendships
  • keep accurate records
  • facilitate the circle meetings
  • support the circle members
This is a part-time post with flexible hours: on average, 2-8 hours per month.  You must have your own transport and a full driving licence, valid for use in the UK.  The salary is £10.00 per hour and training will be given. 

To request an application pack, please email michelle@acsyl.co.uk or call Michelle Sheers on 01989 555006.

Dods Research have been commissioned by the mental health charity, Mind, to collect information about the workplace stress faced by health and social care staff. The results will be used to help Mind shape their upcoming awareness campaign on the same topic.

The questions in the survey ask about the impact of workplace stress - please note that this survey asks some questions about mental health, and if you do not want to complete the survey you are free to drop out at any point. Please also note that this survey is completely anonymous and results will only be used in aggregate form. If you have any questions around this, please do not hesitate to email research@dods.eu and we will respond as soon as possible. To take part in the study, please click here.

The survey should take under five minutes to complete, we do hope that you will add your views and experiences to this study.

Best wishes,
Dods Research


What's New in Mental Health - May 2016 (2)

Mobile labs aim to reduce premature deaths of people with mental illness


Severe mental illness and substance misuse (dual diagnosis) - community health and social care services


UK perinatal deaths for births from January to December 2014


Improving the physical health of people with mental health problems: actions for mental health nurses


Mental health problems in the LGBT community


MIND Primary Care Campaign


Exam stress 'among teen suicide causes'


Telehealth schemes effective for depressed patients, say researchers


Benefits of personalised mental health support revealed


Mental health scheme doubles numbers getting health checks


Southern Health cancels crisis talks


Family doctors fear a mental health scandal waiting to happen


Funding Mental Health at local level


Improving Health Based Places of Safety



Mental Health Community Teams Activity, quarter ending March 2016


New studies reveal rise in alcohol screening

The Mental Health Toolkit for Employers aims to help employers take positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental health and supports those who have mental health problems. The interactive resource is free to use by all employers, whether private, public or third sector.

The toolkit is available for download here: http://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/all-resources/toolkits/mental-health-employers

MHELO - Mental Health Experience Led (Group) https://m.facebook.com/BPDGloucestershire

We are a independent voice for people with lived experience of mental health problems & services

We are currently looking for participants;

Do you (or does anyone you know) have interest, passion, knowledge or experience of mental health in Gloucestershire? You can offer up some regular time, a specific area of expertise or you could just come and get to know us and support what we are doing. Experience of mental health is not required although it would be helpful (you need to be recovered enough to be committed to regularly attending meetings & contributing as a collective alongside the group).

We are looking for reliable committed compassionate caring people with relevant knowledge, skills or interest as either an active or observing member at our monthly meetings.

The role is voluntary but offers training, networking & other opportunities.

MHELO is funded by Gloucestershire commissioners to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in mental health care & services across the county.

We are involved with setting up new support services & improving current ones.

Do you simply want to find out more? Please contact us for more information & an invite to our upcoming monthly meeting....



As you will be aware, Gloucestershire County Council recently ran a consultation to help shape the future of healthy lifestyle services in Gloucestershire. You may be interested to know that a report of the findings was presented to Cabinet on 20th April 2016, together with a cabinet report outlining the proposed next steps. Cabinet approved the proposal to implement a new model for healthy lifestyles provision. You can view the consultation report and cabinet paper via the Gloucestershire Consult portal here:


The decisions and minutes of the cabinet meeting are available on the cabinet pages of the GCC website. Thank you for your input and/or support during this consultation, it has been greatly appreciated. Please feel free to share this email with interested colleagues/networks.

If you have additional questions, please contact: suzie.lane@gloucestershire.gov.uk


Makaton Training Courses –  please see attached.


What's New in Mental Health - May 2016

The stolen years: the mental health and smoking action report


Role of specialist health visitors in perinatal and infant mental health


No ‘weekend effect’ on mortality in psychiatric hospitals


Mental health and criminal justice: views from consultations


Health and Social Care Information Centre annual improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) report


Kings Fund Bringing together Physical and Mental Health


A report from the National Audit Office notes progress in improving access to mental health services but says significant risks remain


Mental Health Foundation Books on Prescription


Virgin Trains partners with Mental Health Foundation to highlight the importance of mental health


Southern Health


Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health


National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2016


Collaborations around mental health and dementia



International day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) 17th of May

Please see attached our full programme of events. All these events are being hosted by the LGBT partnership and totally free of charge. There will be informative interactive sessions surrounding our local schooling system and mental health and wellbeing, giving us a chance as a community to discuss prominent issues facing the Lesbian, Gay , Bisexual and Transgender communities in our community, and nationally. There will also be a chance to network at a lunch being hosted by The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum Café and engage in culture and the arts by going for a guided tour of the Wilsons latest exhibition Hidden Agendas and Crafting Change. The evening will be a time for celebration and sharing as we engage with LGBT heritage in our event Past.Present.Future. There will be a free buffet, and a visit from a very special guest speaker who is a prominent transgender activist, Guardian journalist and TV personality!!

Alongside the IDAHOT events there will be a rainbow flag on display outside the Municipal Offices, across all University of Gloucestershire Campuses, Cheltenham Borough Homes offices, and at various Cheltenham Trust venues.

Please RSVP to Lillie.Rowe@cheltenham.gov.uk letting her know which events you would like to come to. Please feel free to also circulate this information to anyone you think who would like to come along.



The County Council, in Partnership with PING, are carrying out a Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments Needs Analysis.

We have been busy holding focus groups and distributing a survey to find out more about the population of Gloucestershire. This survey phase closes on the 8 May. You can complete the survey, if you haven’t already done so, here: http://bit.ly/26aDbMb

We then have the task of analysing the results of the survey. This will be along the themes of education, care and support, healthcare, access (to transport, buildings and the outside environment), advocacy, employment, accommodation etc. This is where we need YOUR help. We would like to create a working group to assist us in mapping the trends and themes that are emerging from the work that has been done so far. The group will help guide us so that we can then present some of our findings and potentially hold a workshop at the next partnership board meeting in July.

If you are someone with a disability and/or sensory impairment and you would like to be involved in this working group (or want to find out more), please get contact sam.howe@gloucestershire.gov.uk. This is an opportunity for members to have an impact on shaping future strategy and to help us build a picture of what people in the community are saying.


What's New in Mental Health -  April 2016

CentreForum Commission on Children and Young People's Mental Health: state of the nation


NHS eating disorder treatment wait discrepancies revealed


Mapping the Global Mental Health Research Funding System


Evaluation of the Crisis Care Concordat



Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline : funded by Gloucestershire County Council, the Helpline is developing a stand-alone website for anybody in Gloucestershire affected by self harm (including friends, family, carers and professionals). We are looking to get feedback from those who may use the website on both a personal and/ or professional basis to steer the content, layout and information provided. If you are able to complete the below survey, and forward on to anybody you know who may be able to provide feedback, it would be greatly appreciated.

The survey: www.rethink.org/GSHWebsite


“Suffer the Children…” Child and Adolescent Mental Health - A one day conference – see NEWS.


Have your say and be a part of creating positive change for all people with disabilities in Gloucestershire see NEWS and please circulate to your stakeholders.


Mental Health practitioners and culture change training – Building Better Lives and co-production

Following on from the culture change consultation and event in 2015, culture change training will be rolled out from the end of April – June 2016 for all relevant GCC staff and partners (including disabled people and carers.) Please see attached information.


What's New in Mental Health - March 2016

Need Support with Self Harm? Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline call 0808 801 0606. Text support: 07537 410022. Mon to Sun 5pm - 10pm.

Barrier between physical and mental health ‘costs NHS £11bn’



Mental Health Access and Waiting Time Guidance



Joining the Community Learning Partnership Online Communication Portal – Moodle

Online communication portal and searchable database that Adult Education have created for you to use to communicate with potentially 368 individuals that make up the CLP partnership. In the first instance we ask you to complete an online form that will provide the information about your organisation that you wish to share with other people from this ‘members only’ group. Here is a link to the online form. http://adulteducation.gloucestershire.gov.uk/

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – please see attached.

Homeless Healthcare Team moves to Gloucester Contact: Homeless Healthcare Team on 01452 521898.

The Homeless Healthcare service run by Glos Care Services NHS Trust will be based in the George Whitfield Centre in Gloucester from Monday 29 February. The Team will be sharing the premises with Gloucester City Mission (Gloucester Foodbank), and it is hoped this new arrangement will provide a convenient and accessible set of services for the client group.

The specific services provided by the Homeless Healthcare Team will remain the same: health assessments, treatment, screening, mental health assessments and treatment and drug and alcohol advice. The team also runs the potentially violent patient service.

Email addresses and the office phone number will remain unchanged(01452 521898). The location is central and very close to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital: The George Whitfield Centre, 107 Great Western Road, Gloucester, GL1 3NF. The location can be seen at: http://tinyurl.com/jp4zq9g


What's New in Mental Health - March 2016. 

The Mental Health Network (MHN) has published the fourth edition of its factsheet on key statistics and trends in mental health


Bringing together physical and mental health


Dr Phil Hammond: 'Depression led my father to kill himself'


New training to support mental health professionals to tackle stigma and discrimination within services


Joining up your information


MIND campaign



What's New in Mental Health - March 2016.

Secondary mental health care for common mental disorder


Bringing together physical and mental health



Mental Health Services for Veterans


Mental Health check and treatment for survivors of terrorist attacks



Have a look at the 10 changes we want to see within the next five years here.



Will the Mental Health Taskforce report make it off the shelves?



Learn about the Department for Education's call for evidence on peer support


Using Cognitive Therapies to treat depression


Mental Health Foundation

The truth about self harm https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/truth-about-self-harm

What's New in Mental Health - 16/02/16.

Improve mental health treatment to get thousands more back to work



New investment in mental health services



Five Year Forward View for Mental Health



Poor mental health care ‘ruining lives’



Mental Health Integration Past, Present and Future : A Report of National Survey into Mental Health Integration in England



The Commission to review the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults


Market Engagement launched: Improving GPs’ Access to Mental Health Support



Mental health reform targets vital by October 2017 – Crisp Commission



Children and Young people shaping mental health services and treatments



Mental Health beds search a scandal




Can call centre therapy solve the NHS mental health crisis?



Psychological Health of Military Personnel



The arts are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing



Time to Talk Day in the media