Helpful Information & Guidance
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 1690398. Contact Suicide Crisis Charity on 07975 974455. Make 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.
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
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
'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.email@example.com.
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
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 news – here
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.
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
What dates are currently available?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
•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.
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
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.
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.
National Suicide Prevention Alliance, The Upper Mill, Kingston Road, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2AF
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
Improving physical healthcare for people living with severe mental illness (SMI) in primary care: guidance for CCGs – link here
Suicide prevention: policy and strategy – link here
Let’s Walk About It – link 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 out – link here
Zoe Ball: Sport Relief challenge to raise mental health awareness – link 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
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
Supporting mental health for all – link here
Two thirds of UK adults have 'nobody to talk to' about problems - link 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 -
Come and join us on Wednesday 21st March 2018 from 5PM to 7PM (approx.) at The Manor House, 162 Barnwood Road, Gloucester, GL4 3JX.
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 - email@example.com
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gloucestershire Counselling have spaces remaining for up-coming CPD Courses, please contact Rachael to make bookings: email@example.com
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 2017 – link here
The rise in the use of the Mental Health Act to detain people in England – link here
Wellbeing in Mental Health – link 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
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 Vacancies – link 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 in Prisons – link 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 study – link 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
Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts – 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 email@example.com 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,
Deputy Chief Executive
Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Awareness Workshop (PIMH) – see attached
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 blast – link 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 toolkits – link here
Let’s talk about suicidewebinar – link here
Whats New in Mental Health - June 2017
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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE TWO DAY MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE FOR VOLUNTARY, COMMUNITY & PUBLIC SECTOR
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:
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: email@example.com
Our free accredited training “Introduction to energy use in the home and Fuel Poverty Awareness” is now available
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 public sector
o housing providers
o local councillors
o others who may be interested…
To book a training session, please email Warm and Well on firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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
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
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
Outcome Manager – Mental Health Commissioning
Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
T: Telephone: 01452 328608
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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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
Mental health in STPs
Mental Health Workforce Roundtable - 5 May
If you would like to attend this event please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.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 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
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
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 email@example.com.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
• 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.
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
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 email@example.com 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.
Thrive Plan from the West Midlands Mental Health Commission
Call for case studies - mental health and primary care
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
Mental Health First Aid Training Courses
To register interest or book a place, phone 07870 334553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
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 email@example.com 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
FREE : ADDITIONAL TWO DAY MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE FOR VOLUNTARY, COMMUNITY & PUBLIC SECTOR
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
*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 email@example.com
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
HLF is keen to support the development of projects which achieve outcomes for people, heritage and communities from groups working with people:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Gloucester – 2Gether 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
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
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.
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
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!
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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
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
Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics : Final February, Provisional March 2016
The Mental Health Toolkit for Employers has been launched to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Makaton Training Courses – please see attached.
What's New in Mental Health - May 2016
The stolen years: the mental health and smoking action report
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
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 email@example.com. 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
Creating Mental Healthy Workplaces
Mental Health deaths under reported
Guidance for commissioners of psychiatric intensive care units (PICU)
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
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
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
Standing together project https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/projects/standing-together
Mental Health and Housing https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/mental-health-and-housing
Emergency Mental Health made CLEAR
Positive practice in Mental Health Services
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