Independent Review of the Mental Health Act: interim report

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act: interim report

The independent review of the Mental Health Act was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve.

The interim report gives an update on the review’s findings and the areas it will look at next. It is based on evidence including:

-service user and carer surveys

-focus groups

-stakeholder workshops

-a call for evidence

-wider discussions with organisations and professionals

The review will examine the issues as set out in the report before making its final recommendations.

Further information can be found here Independent Review of the Mental Health Act: interim report

RNIB Make a Noise in Libraries Week 4 – 17 June #MANIL2018

Hertfordshire Libraries will be taking part in RNIB’s “Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight” which takes place from Monday 4 to Sunday 17 June.  

Hertfordshire Libraries have signed up to The Six Steps Promise, which is a charter which over 200 Library services have adopted to ensure that facilities for people with visual impairments are consistent and meet their needs.   
 
During the fortnight regular Baby Rhyme Time and Toddler Tales will include a tactile book which may include Braille-style numbering, play elements, high contrast images and rhythmic rhyming text making them particularly suitable for young children with visual impairments. They may also include a Giant Print, Braille picture book. 

Hemel Hempstead Library is hosting a coffee morning on Monday 4th June, starting at 10am. This is a drop in event and is free. It will give library staff the chance to speak to customers and local organisations about what the library provides and how it can be utilised. 

Your local Library offers a range of services that our users with visual impairments can enjoy: 
 
All Hertfordshire libraries have a wide range of books in Large Print and a good supply of Talking Books on CD.  Larger libraries have small collections of MP3 CDs which enable the complete book to be on one disc.  You are able to reserve these if your local library does not stock them.  Books are circulated around our libraries so you should always find new titles in stock in your local library. The collection includes books in all genre including Romance, Family Saga, Crime and Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Westerns, Biographies and Non-fiction titles.  Library users with a visual impairment are able to borrow talking books free of charge and also to request titles in from another library free of charge.  Staff are always available to help select titles and to suggest new authors you may enjoy. 
 
For children and teenagers with a visual impairment libraries offer a selection of books in large print.  There are also picture books for young children featuring Giant Print and Braille available in Larger Libraries.  The braille as well as being helpful to a child learning braille also enables an adult braille reader to share and enjoy a book with a young child.  We have tactile board books which contain a range of tactile features such as braille style numbering, play elements, high contrast images and rhythmic rhyming text. 
 
Hertfordshire Libraries are delighted to be able to offer a wonderful range of eBooks and eAudiobooks via BorrowBox. There are titles for adults, children and teenagers.  We currently have almost 11000 eBooks and over 4000 eAudioBooks.    BorrowBox is an exciting collection of eBooks and eAudioBooks available around the clock.  It’s simpler than ever before to access your favourite titles wherever you go with the BorrowBox library app.  On your phone, on your iPad, on your home computer, BorrowBox means the doors to your local library never close.
  
Elegant, intuitive and simple to operate and enjoy, the BorrowBox app incorporates a dedicated eBook reader and eAudiobook player and is available from the App Store and Google Play.  Install it on all your mobile devices for free – get the app now and get ready to borrow and download. Font size can be increased on eBooks to suit your reading needs.
If you are an Apple user there is a Dyslexic font available.  We are hoping that this will be available for other devices shortly.  You can also choose your background colour from paper, white, sepia and night.  If you find the speech on the eAudiobooks a little slow you can speed up the sound to suit you.  BorrowBox works well with Apple VoiceOver, not only reading the screen but also reading eBooks for you.

Find out more by visiting https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/Libraries   
 

Library members can also access on line magazines and newspapers, the print size in these can be enlarged.    
 
Computers are available in our libraries which can be used with sound, using headphones.  We also have large print keypads available.  Wi-Fi is available free of charge in all libraries enabling you to bring your own device.  Printing is available for a charge. 
  
To find out more about your local library and the services Hertfordshire Libraries offer visit your local library, telephone 0300 123 4049 or visit our website https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/libraries-and-archives.aspx 

View the flyer here

Walking Month - Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity 2018

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Step out for Walking Month

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Walk to School Week 21-25th May
 

This week sees the start of Hertfordshire's Walk to School campaign, to encourage children to walk to school from now until Clean Air Day on 21st June 2018.

Buster, Hertfordshire’s amazing Stepasauraus is walking across the Earth to encourage active travel and cleaner air. As well as getting more children to walk, scoot and cycle to school they will also have the educational opportunities to discover more about the planet and the benefits of active travel. For more information contact activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call 01992 556803.


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Walk after work: Summer evening Health Walks

During the summer we have a host of summer evening walks available across the county to help you make the most of the daylight hours and increase your steps if you work or have other commitments in the day. Register online or just turn up!

East Herts: Bengeo, Ware, Panshanger Park, and Hartham Common
Watford: Cassiobury Park
St Albans: Verulamium Park and Batchwood
North Herts: Oughtonhead Common and Ickleford
Dacorum: Tuesday evening walks, multiple locations


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Sign up as a Health Walk volunteer TODAY

Could you support your local walks as a leader, back marker or walk marshal? We have Health Walk volunteer training available on Saturday June 10th in Watford. If you would like to inspire others to walk more for their health and wellbeing and join our friendly walking groups email us at healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk to book on. Please ensure you're also registered as a walker online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks


You still have time to grab a Health Walks goody bag

Sign up as a new walker and walk in May and you can claim your Hertfordshire Health Walks goody bag. Inside you'll find a water bottle, step counter, activity tracker and more!

Plus if you're already participating in Health Walks, you can claim your bag too, by walking 6 times between May 1st and June 30th.

Tell your walk leader once you've completed the walks and we'll get your goody bag to you.*

*while stocks last


Mass Health Walk success!

On Monday 14th May to celebrate Walking Month and the Hertfordshire year of Physical Activity 2018 we held our annual Mass health Walk. We offered 37 walks and these were enjoyed by 815 walkers. This beat our existing record of 620. It was great to welcome so many new walkers to the initiative as part of this event, and we hope we can motivate you to continue to walk with us. Follow Health Walks on Facebook to view our photo album from the event. Heartfelt thank yous to our fantastic volunteers to made the event and all our walks possible.


Still time to enter the HertsYOPA18 Competition - share your favourite Hertfordshire walking route

For your chance to win £100 HF Holidays vouchers and a FitBit Flex 2 share your favourite Hertfordshire Walking route on the HertsYOPA18 facebook page, so you can inspire others to try your route too.

Post a selfie, an explanation of the route or a link to the route or map and at the end of May we'll pick a winner. Good Luck!


This Girl Can in Herts returns for 2018

To take inspiration from our female English athletes at the recent Commonwealth Games, the Herts Sports Partnership are once again promoting 'This Girl Can in Herts' week from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 June 2018. There will be a seven day campaign focusing on women and girls getting active through sport and physical activity, no matter their size, age or ability. The campaign will run with a focus on leadership, inactivity, the social side of sport and confidence, and we would be delighted if you could join our campaign. Could you encourage a friend to participate in their first Health Walk, try a new route or maybe you might look to get trained up as a Health Walk volunteer? The campaign will be very active on social media, and you can get involved by using #TGCinHerts on twitter. Visit the campaign website to find activities happening near you or contact Alex on a.varran2@herts.ac.uk.


Walks & More

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The variety of activities on our Walks & More calendar during Walking Month means there's something for everyone to enjoy. These FREE outdoor events are a great opportunity to enjoy exploring Hertfordshire's beautiful countryside, learn local history, or have a fun family day out. Below are some of our top picks.

Bat Walk at Oughtonhead Common

Saturday May 26, 8pm – 10pm
Meet at Cole Green Station car park off Station Road, Letty Green, SG14 2NL.
Take an early morning walk with the Countryside Management Service to explore the Cole Green Way and some of the surrounding footpaths, and discover the variety of birdlife that makes its home along the route. We will also talk about the new Greenspace Action Plan for the Cole Green Way. No need to book, just turn up.

Bird Walk on Croxley Common Moor

Sunday 27th May 27, 10am-11.30am

Meet at the entrance gate to Moor at bottom of Mill Lane, Croxley Green WD3 3EW.
Join the Friends of Croxley Common Moor on a leisurely stroll around the moor looking for, and especially listening to, the resident birds which will be singing on territory at this time of year. No need to book, just turn up!

Great War Walk in Abbots Langley

Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2pm – 4pm

Meet at the Causeway Car Park, Abbots Langley, WD5 0AW. See where the soldiers from the village lived, learn about the village at the time of the First World War, hear the Soldiers’ stories and of their exploits. Walk in their foot-steps through the village. There will be a visit to the 1st Abbots Scout Troop Great War Exhibition. Supported by Abbots Langley Local History Society.


This e-Bulletin is produced by the Countryside Management Service, part of Hertfordshire County Council. If you know someone who might like to receive this e-Bulletin, please ask them to sign up via Update Me on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

Two Weeks Until Nominations & Voting Closes

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Two weeks until Nominations & Voting Closes

In two weeks time nominations and voting will close for the National Diversity Awards 2018! An astonishing 16,000 people have taken the time to tell us about the life changing work being carried out by local heroes and community groups.

Voting closes on Friday 1st June – Why wait? Submit an entry today!

Congratulations to all of our amazing nominees to date!

As you are aware, the National Diversity Awards are beginning to collate supporting evidence for our judging panel. The purpose of this is to give you the opportunity to provide vital information which your nominator may not have included, allowing our judges to gain a clear insight into the work that you do.

Shortlisted nominees will be chosen for each category based on the evidence provided, your nomination and the quality and quantity of votes received.

If you have not already done so, please send across all supporting materials to emma@nationaldiversityawards.co.uk

Discover more about the awards here www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk

Help to Find a Job or Volunteer Role

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Visit your local library to find out about:

Skills Training, Volunteering, Benefits, Jobs, Support

If you need extra support due to autism, a physical disability or learning disability, we can help. It's free and no need to book.

  • Wed 23 May 11:00-3:00 Welwyn Garden City Library
    FREE Getting a job - skills workshop at 11:30 and 12:30
     
  • Thurs 31 May 11:00-3:00 Hemel Hempstead Library
    FREE Getting a job - skills workshop at 11:30 and 12:30
     
  • Mon 4 June 1:00-3:00 Watford Library
     
  • Thurs 7 June 1:00-3:00 Bishops Stortford Library
     
  • Tues 12 June 1:00-3:00 Oakmere Library
     
  • Weds 13 June 1:00-3:00 Stevenage Library

Visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/connected2work  or view the poster here for more information

Online Consultations Survey

Online consultations: an alternative way to have a consultation from your GP – surveys now open for your views

NHS England is gathering views on an alternative way for patients and carers to have a consultation with their practice.

Online Consultations are a way for patients to contact their GP practice without having to wait on the phone or take time out to come into the practice. Using a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can contact your practice about a new problem or an ongoing issue. You can ask questions or tell your GP about your symptoms. The practice will ensure your contact is dealt with by the right person in the team, helping ensure you are served as quickly and appropriately as possible. Sometimes this will mean you will need a phone call with the GP or nurse, or an appointment at the practice, and this will be arranged as usual.

Lots of people are already using practice websites to make an appointment, get test results, order a repeat prescription or to view their summary records, so this is a simply a further service being made available to current systems.

We want to find out what you think about using online consultation with your GP practice (not about hospital appointments).

This short survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and we would really like to hear what you think. The survey is open from Tuesday 08 May and closes on Friday 15 June 2018.

You can find out much more about the programme on the NHS England website – including a link to an online survey to give us your views www.england.nhs.uk/ocsf/ 

For more details about this research project, email england.onlineconsultation@nhs.net.

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Change the law to protect mental health in the workplace

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Mental Health First Aid
Where's Your Head At?

As we begin Mental Health Awareness Week, we have an exciting announcement to share with you.

We are teaming up with mental health campaigner and Youth MHFA instructor Natasha Devon MBE and Bauer Media Group on a new six-week campaign, ‘Where’s Your Head At?’. We are calling on everyone to sign a change.org petition asking the government to change Health and Safety regulations so that First Aid provision includes mental as well as physical health.

This call to action has the backing of the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP and former Minister for Health and Social Care, Norman Lamb MP.

This change would mean that all organisations have staff trained in Mental Health First Aid, bringing us a step closer to parity of esteem between mental and physical health in the workplace.

A number of celebrities including Liam Payne, Jamie Laing, Charlotte Crosby, Megan McKenna and Kem Cetinay have offered their support for the campaign and have all spoken openly about their personal struggles with mental health and why they think it is important to have Mental Health First Aid in the workplace.

Please get involved with this campaign by signing this petition, and sharing it with friends, family, colleagues and wider networks. Please also feel free to support this campaign on social media using the hashtag #wheresyourheadat.

With your support our powerful community can help effect real change this Mental Health Awareness Week… so let’s get the word out there!

All the best,
The MHFA England Team

NSUN Bulletin 15th May 2018

NSUN Bulletin Tuesday 15 May 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
 
NSUN Bulletin Tuesday 15 May 2018
 
Table of Contents
Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to the 15 May edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
 
This week we have a variety of walks, talks and marches to promote!
 
Do email us if you have any news or information that you would like included in a future bulletin. Previous bulletins can be viewed here.
 
Remember it's Mental Health Awareness week!
Donations to NSUN are gratefully received for this free service.
You can donate directly here.
 
We have a variety of ways you can support NSUN, including a few that will not cost you an extra penny, such as:
 
NSUN news 
 
Mental Health Act review: an update from NSUN
 
When the Mental Health Act Review published its interim report we listed initial points of interest which you can read here.
 
We are now seeking support from members for a letter that will be sent to the leaders of the main political parties, to All Party Parliamentary Groups which cover disability issues and to the chair and vice chairs of the Independent Review.
 
At the meeting 12th April (Making changes to the Mental Health Act fit the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), we agreed that the aim of the letter would be to advocate for reform of the Mental Health Act which is fully compliant with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person's with Disabilities. In the review, there has been little focus on this approach so far and the interim report  looks mainly at improving the Mental Health Act 1983, not at fundamental reform which will bring it in line with human rights. 
 
You can find out more and how to add your name to the letter here.
You can add your signature to the letter as an individual or organisation.
 
 
Sarah Yiannoullou, our Managing Director and a member of the review’s advisory panel, said she was “critical of the “very short” time allowed for engagement with service-users.
 
 
Reminder: Involvement Workers Group to meet
 
The Involvement Workers Group is for anyone with lived experience who has a role in supporting others with lived experience to influence organisations, e.g. to have an impact on organisational policies and strategies and the employment and training of staff.
 
Attendance at meetings is free of charge, but you will need to be able to cover your travel expenses and lunch, because there is no funding for the Group at the moment.
 
Date: Friday 01 June,
Time: 11.45am - 3.45pm
Venue: London. (The exact venue is still to be fixed.)
 
If you are interested in joining the Group, please contact Dorothy Gould, the Group’s facilitator, for further information at gould.dorothy@gmail.com, or on 07565 399 422.
 
Selected blogs 
 
Read Katie's latest blog on her fight for justice and her involvement in NHS England's Learning From Deaths work.
 
Kindred Minds BME Manifesto 
 
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The Kindred Minds BME Manifesto, called "A Call for Social Justice", is unique for being BME mental health service user led.
 
The Manifesto is of national relevance to BME communities and essential reading for people campaigning for social justice.
 
The Manifesto calls for changes in local, regional and national policy and practice, in order to improve the mental wellbeing and lives of BME mental health service users. The Manifesto addresses interlinked areas of disadvantage and racism in: mental health, policing, benefits, employment, education, housing and research and knowledge production
 
Whilst some funds were received to start the work, this was not intended to fund everything we needed to do. The next stage is to publish, print and widely promote the Manifesto.
 
Whilst we have secured a venue for a launch event in London on 18 July, we still urgently need money NOW to cover design of the manifesto full report and a shorter executive summary, printing of 1000 copies of the executive summary only; and pay for refreshments and other expenses at the launch event.
 
You can donate to the cause here.
 
Visit the Kindred Minds Manifesto Facebook page for updates.
 
Improving community mental health care - Online survey 
 
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NHS England and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing (HW) Alliance - a partnership between a group of charities and the health and care system - are looking to engage service users in a new national policy project aiming to set out what good community mental health care looks like.
 
In particular, they are looking to better understand what people, and underrepresented groups specifically (such as older people, LGBT and BAME groups, people with physical disabilities, etc), would want from the process of care coordination and care planning – also taking into account the potential role of digital technology.
 
You can access the survey here.
All answers will be safely collected and analysed anonymously by the NHS England team. Your answers will help ensure future recommendations reflect the views of service users. 
 
This would inform work around the future of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and how it could be (co-)redesigned to improve community mental health care.
 
Exploring the history of user/survivor research and knowledge – Seminar 
 
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EURIKHA is a global research project exploring the emergence of social movements which privilege the rights and perspectives of people who experience severe mental distress, variedly known around the world as users, survivors, consumers, clients, patients, persons with psychosocial disabilities, etc.
 
The project, led by Prof Diana Rose and based at SURE, King’s College London, is organising a seminar to engage with the public, especially, user/survivors, on
21st May.
 
For more information and to register, please visit the Eurikha website.
 
North Teeside mental health action week 
 
LaunchpadMental healh action week is an alternative to mental health awareness week.
 
Survivors and carers were asked to identify key themes which impact their mental health negatively.
 
This led to a series of free actions which will take place across North Tyneside during the week starting on 14 May. Some actions require you to book your place in advance.
 
Please take a look at this page for more information and contact details.
 
Mental Health Awareness Week 
 
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Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year's focus for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) is stress
 
The Mental Health Foundation are encouraging people to run a Curry & Chaat event for Mental Health Awareness Week. Curry & Chaat is their new fundraising campaign. The aim is to get together with friends, enjoy a delicious curry and raise money for the Mental Health Foundation and their vision of a world with good mental health for all.
 
Find out more here.
 
Head Talks - #HonestGram campaign 
 
 
Head Talks have launched anew social media campaign #HonestGram for Mental Health Awareness Week (14th– 20thMay). The aim is to spark a more honest thread of conversations on social media.

The aim is for #HonestGram to create a space on social media during Mental Health Awareness Week (and beyond) for open and honest discussions about how we’re really feeling. How we represent our lives on social media is often very different to the nitty gritty reality of everyday life. Instead of the #lifegoals ideal, #HonestGram is an opportunity for us to speak freely about our thoughts and feelings. 

So here are the 4 simple steps to get involved:
  1. Upload a nice image of yourself to Instagram, perhaps one that you have posted previously.
  2. Write an honest caption about how you were actually feeling at that time.  
  3. Use the hashtag #HonestGram and tag in @headtalksnews.
  4. Nominate a couple of friends to do the same by tagging them in the caption.
Head Talks aims to inform, inspire and engage those interested in the mind and mental wellbeing. Find out more here.
 
Service User and Carer Conference 2018 
 
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involve@mdx, the social work service user representation group at Middlesex University, supported by the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership, is hosting its first Service User & Carer Conference.
 
Date: Monday 21 May
Time: 10am - 3.30pm
Venue: Middlesex University, The Burroughs,Hendon, London, NW4 4BT 
 
The conference is dedicated to the importance of service user and carer involvement in social work education, practice and research, and will highlight the achievements of service user and carer groups.
 
You can book your ticket directly via this link.
 
There is money towards reasonable costs for travel, PA’s etc but please check with Simona first on the contact details below.
 
If you have any other queries please email involve@mdx.ac.uk or contact Simona Mot at 020 8356 1889.
 
Wish - Women's Mental Health Awareness Training 
 
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Date: Wednesday 23rd May,
Venue: Bethnal Green
 
Wish’s latest training package was created for people working in the community with women who have complex needs or who just want to gain an awareness of women’s mental health.

The day covers:
  • Major mental health diagnoses – anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder; their symptoms and common treatments
  • Common life experiences of women in touch with services: trauma, abuse and gender violence, poverty, isolation, loss of children, lack of opportunities
  • Personality Disorder
  • Intersection with the Criminal Justice System
  • Coping strategies including self-injury, drugs & alcohol, eating disorders, dissociation
And most importantly, Wish’s trainers give participants the skills they need to work successfully with this client group, and to ensure staff wellbeing:
  • How to work positively to meet women’s specific needs including relational security, consistency and boundaries
  • Looking after yourself: avoiding burnout and staying emotionally well
This course is a must for staff working with women in services such as refuges, rape and sexual assault centres, housing, family support services, the criminal justice system, drug and alcohol services etc.
 
Wish is the only national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospital and the community.
 
Tickets: £100 per person here.
 
Women's Mental Health Network launch 
 
WMHNA  live music and poetry event, Turn Up the Volume, will launch the Women's Mental Health Network (WMHN).
 
Turn Up The Volume will be a display of brilliant female voices who all want to see a change in the mental health system.
 
Date: 8 June
Venue: Kennedy Hall in Cecil Sharp House in Camden. London
Tickets: £21.50
 
For more information about the event and a contact email to book a place, plese visit this page
 
African Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI) - Carers Day 
 
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ACCI is holding its its annual Carer’s Day of celebration: 12th June 2018
 
Carer’s Day gives carers an opportunity to reflect, raise awareness and celebrate together. Carers are able to give an account of their experiences of how mental health has touched their lives and what it means to be a carer.
 
The event will take place from 10:30am to 3:00pm at the
Heritage Centre, Clifford Street, Wolverhampton WV6 OAA. 
 
To book a place email carers@acci.org.uk.
 
Boot Out Austerity Marches On! 
 
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This year's Britisah Association of Social Workers (BASW) is holding its AGM in Cardiff on 13th June.
More details here.
 
To mark the occassion there will be a Boot Out Austerity walk the day before, starting from Blackwood.
 
It's a 15 mile walk, just right for a day's protest walking, and we'll be gathering for a Boot Out Austerity-style morning rally outside the Blackwood Miners Institute at 9am, before setting off towards Caerphilly, and then in the afternoon from there to Cardiff.
 
Find out more about the march by contacting
Guy Shennin
 
Suffragette city summer solstice walk in London 
 
Suffragetes Artist Michelle Baharier invites you to walk though Suffragette City with her on 23 June staring at 11.45 pm meeting South side Tower Bridge, meeting  the Cook, Hannah Griggs or Wonder Woman - ending outside house’s of Parliament at Boudiccia’s sculpture .....it will be a night of fun and frolics...playing games and telling stories Celebrating the hidden legacy’s of women who have made changes though their contributions  to societal transition.
 
23 June 2018, at 11.45 pm meeting South Side Tower Bridge at 42 bus stop.

This walk is supported by NSUN, Hoarding UK and Colin and Strawberry Jazz.
 
Not My Shame - A book by T.O.Walker 
 
Article ImageThis striking graphic novel gives an insider's view of the trauma caused by childhood sexual exploitation.
 
It tackles complex issues, including victim-blaming, traumatic memory and dissociation, but is ultimately hopeful, showing how victims can be good parents and come to terms with their past through therapy, art and caring relationships.
 
You can read the full review by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and buy the paperback or ebook for £8.99 here.
 
The Unseen Battle - A book by Ruth Fox 
 
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'Every person you meet has their own story. At eighteen years old, my journey has barely begun, but embedded within my years are lessons, challenges, difficulties and struggles. My story reflects the harsh reality of what mental illness can do to somebody's seemingly ideal life; an athlete, a high achieving student, a sister, a friend... It's hard-hitting and difficult to read, but unfortunately not uncommon and also nothing more than I’ve had to live through. I've made the decision to share my story, to put it out there, because I hope it can make an impact on somebody and I truly hope that person is you.'
 
You can buy the Kindle edition here for £2.99
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GOV.UK news 
 
Shaping the future of the community mental health services pathway & the Care Programme Approach
NHS England is looking to better understand what people, and underrepresented groups specifically, want from the process of care coordination and care planning – also taking into account the potential role of digital technology. This would inform our work around the future of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and how it could be (co-) redesigned to improve community mental health care.
You can complete the online survey here.
 
New system launched to help measure and prevent medication errors
A groundbreaking system to help the NHS monitor, learn from and prevent costly medication errors has been launched today. The system will link prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions to help the NHS monitor and prevent errors.
Read more here.
 
Independent Review of thre Mantal Health Act - summary of work so far
 
Along with Easy Read and BSL versions of the interim report, this page offers a summary of the review's work so far.
 
Mental health “game-changer” care leads to 75 per cent reduction in hospital admissions
Improved mental health care for patients with physical ailments has reduced demand for GP appointments and cut hospital admissions by three quarters in a pilot scheme as part of a programme of new services that NHS England is rolling out across the country. Read more here.
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Guideposts Trust Mini May/June 2018 Newsletter

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Dear All!    We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter!

In this issue, ………As always, we have included articles, information, events, outings and things to look forward to. 

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 14 - 20 May this year.
To raise awareness about Mental Health we will be organising a sponsored walk in Cassiobury Park in June and invite all our Service Users, Carers and Volunteers to participate. Posters and detailed information will be distributed in the following weeks.

Guideposts Carers Group     

If YOU are a carer for someone with a mental health condition, Guideposts run sessions especially for people like you. They’re at Henry Smith House, Watford, on the last Monday of every month (except when there is a Bank Holiday  Monday) at 6.45pm to 9pm. We are a warm and friendly group of people who try to inform and support each other when times are hard.  If you would like to join our group, please contact Carole or Lin on 01923 223554 for a list of sessions and more  information. If you are with Facebook and would like to join the Guideposts Carer's Facebook group, please send  your e-mail address to Lin Fellows to join us. It is a private group. (Lin: lfellows@guideposts.org.uk)

View the full newsletter here

Nominations for Excellence in Hertfordshire Public Health Awards

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Nominations for this year’s Excellence in Hertfordshire Public Health Awards close this Thursday 17 May 2018 at midnight.

If you know an individual/organisation that lives, works, volunteers or cares in any sector in Hertfordshire that has made an outstanding contribution to improving the health of the County’s population, please nominate them for an award.

The Awards will be presented on 21 June 2018 at the Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Conference.

For more information, nomination criteria and a nomination form please visit: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/publichealthawards

 If you have any questions about the Awards or how to nominate, please contact Grace Kent grace.kent@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Recovery Pathways Study

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Recent media reporting appears to tell us, almost daily that drug related deaths are at record levels in the UK and across Europe.  

But, more importantly recovery is possible and means being 'better than well'!
In recent years we are finding increasing numbers of people emerging from chaotic lives spent in addiction, to have good health restored, relationships rebuilt and strengthened, potential achieved and overall life satisfaction increased.  

How do we know this?  

Starting in 2010 there has been to date five surveys that have given us an alternative portrait, at odds with the pervasive addiction and misery narrative. Over 5,500 people have completed the Life in Recovery (LiR) surveys, starting in the US, then in Australia, UK, South Africa and Canada. Data gathered has generated new and important knowledge about lives in recovery; what people do, how they recovered, how they stay recovered (more information/reports etc here https://www.rec-path.co.uk/).
So far the Life in Recovery 2018  has seen over 1000 people in recovery across Europe share their experiences. We'd like you to help us support even more people to know that their voice is valuable and can help others.

We would like to invite you to take part in the REC-PATH study by helping us to recruit your clients or members. The study involves the clients completing an online questionnaire (15 mins) about their recovery journeys to date and then deciding whether they want to do two further interviews with our research team over the course of the next year. 

People who are eligible to take part are those who see themselves as being at least three months into their recovery journey/without problematic substance use. We are flexible about how they choose to define recovery. In other words, the survey is open to people who are in medication assisted recovery and people who are currently in different kinds of treatment or are recovering without treatment.   

We look forward to partnering with you in this vital project on recovery success and recovery pathways. If you are willing to participate, please complete the survey here . We are also happy to send you hard copies on request.  

If you have any further questions please contact the Project PI, Professor David Best, on D.Best@shu.ac.uk  or on +44 114 225 5435

 

 

MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online)

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This two year part-time online course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference to the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress.

Recovery is an innovative and empowering approach to working with and alongside people experiencing mental distress and illness. It is an approach that has gained great credence with service users, agencies and staff in recent years.

This challenging programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference to mental health recovery and social inclusion. You will develop the skills to work directly with, develop policies and manage mental health work to aid the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress. You will also develop an international understanding of processes and developments in recovery and social inclusion.

Why choose this course?

Recovery is an innovative and empowering approach to working with and alongside people experiencing mental distress and illness. It is an approach that has gained great credence with service users, agencies and staff in recent years.

This fully online part-time course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference to mental health recovery and social inclusion. You will develop the skills to work directly with, develop policies and manage mental health work to aid the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress. You will also develop an international understanding of processes and developments in the recovery and social inclusion.

This course is ideal for professionals from all mental health disciplines, service userscarersservice managerspolicy makers and those who aspire to be leaders in their areas of expertise in their country.

Contact UH Online

If you have any questions about UH Online, our online distance learning courses, or the University in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

AskUHOnline@herts.ac.uk

tel +44 (0) 1707 281121

UH Online
University of Hertfordshire
First floor MacLaurin Building
4 Bishops Square
St. Albans Road West
Hatfield
AL10 9NE
United Kingdom

  • Course length
  • Online - Part Time, 2 Years
  • Locations
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Click here for full details https://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/mental-health-recovery-and-social-inclusion-online2 

Veterans Support Group

ABBOTS LANGLEY

This new group will be launched in the near future.
It will be held at:

Abbots Langley & District Men’s Club
Trowley Rise
Abbots Langley
Herts WD5 0LN

Every Monday unless a Bank Holiday from 12-4pm.

The first Monday of the month there will be FREE advice available from some of the following:

Veterans UK       
seAp      
Help for Heroes   
AWS
T.R.B.L.              
Advocacy        
Forces Online

The following Mondays in the month will be to drop in for Banter and Tea & Cakes, games and camaraderie.

For more information please contact:

Liz Burns 07527 213 921 (not 24 hours)
al.veteranssg@aol.com

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NSUN Bulletin 8th May 2018 Viewpoint AGM included

NSUN Bulletin Tuesday 8 May 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
 
NSUN Bulletin Tuesday 8 May 2018
 
Table of Contents
Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to the 07 May edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
 
Do email us if you have any news or information that you would like included in a future bulletin. Previous bulletins can be viewed here.
 
Donations to NSUN are gratefully received for this free service. You can donate directly here.
 
NSUN news 
 
Mental Health Act Review picture - copyright Gary BridgenMental Health Act review: an update from NSUN
 
Last week, the Mental Health Act Review published its interim report. We have listed points of interest. You can read our article here.
 
 
Sarah Yiannoullou, our Managing Director and a member of the review’s advisory panel, said she was “critical of the “very short” time allowed for engagement with service-users.
 
 
In the news: we could face closure as latest victim of competition from large, non user-led charities
 
In response to our letter to members, NSUN Managing Director Sarah Yiannoullou was interviewed by Disability News Service.
 
Involvement Workers Group to meet
 
The Involvement Workers Group is for anyone with lived experience who has a role in supporting others with lived experience to influence organisations, e.g. to have an impact on organisational policies and strategies and the employment and training of staff.
 
The Group is open to people living anywhere in the country who would like to exchange ideas and information with other Involvement Workers, to share experiences and to gain support with problems posed by the role. We also put an emphasis on recruiting Group members who are as demographically diverse as possible.
 
Attendance at meetings is free of charge, but you will need to be able to cover your travel expenses and lunch, because there is no funding for the Group at the moment.
 
Date: Friday 01 June,
Time: 11.45am - 3.45pm
Venue: London. (The exact venue is still to be fixed.)
 
If you are interested in joining the Group, please contact Dorothy Gould, the Group’s facilitator, for further information at gould.dorothy@gmail.com, or on 07565 399 422.
 
 
'Reigniting the Space' project needs steering group members - you can apply until 10 May
 
The Collective Voice of User/Survivors from Racialised Groups:‘Reigniting the Space’ is currently recruiting members for a Steering Group to oversee, advise and support the development of a national network of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health service users and survivors.
 
The project, funded by Lankelly Chase Foundation, aims to bring together BME user/survivors and their groups to create a forum for collective political voice and action through facilitating networking, information sharing and collaboration.
 
To know more about about Reigniting the Space, please click here
To apply to be a steering group member, please click here
 
Closing date Thursday 10 May 2018
 
NSUN attends member group events in Hertfordshire and Hounslow 
 
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Viewpoint AGM
 
The service user led group Viewpoint held it's annual general meeting in Hertfordshire last week. NSUN's Sarah Yiannoullou was invited to present and run a workshop. She joined Viewpoint members in looking back over the year's achievements and struggles. As with many groups, Viewpoint has continued to 
provide support for people who have used mental health or drug and alcohol services despite a significant reduction in funding and resources. Viewpoint achieves this in a variety of ways including: service user representation. local forums and meetings, specialist workshops, surveys and online media, training.
 
Members spoke about the value of groups such as Viewpoint, particularly reflecting on how Viewpoint staff and supporters provided an environment of acceptance, support, encouragement and opportunities. Members are facilitated to develop their own ideas and initiatives are nurture.
 
During the workshop everyone had the opportunity to say what Viewpoint meant to them. This was a powerful session working towards identifying some priorities for Viewpoint to take forward over the coming year.
 
Hounslow User Involvement Service User Forum
 
The Service User Forum is for people who have been an In-patient in Acute services or have used, or continue to use,  local West London Mental Health Trust services within the last two years. The Forum is a chance for people to have a say in how services are run; their aim is to influence continuing improvement to both the in-patient ‘experience’ and services in the community. 
 
NSUN was asked to come along and speak about involvement and the Human Rights Act. The group discussed the 4Pi National Involvement Standards and the work NSUN undertook with the British Institute of Human Rights, A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy.
 
Selected blogs 
 
Sue left her peer supporter role to honour her personal values
 
Akiko Hart's response published in Mad In America 2 May
 
Women's Mental Health Network launch 
 
WMHNA  live music and poetry event, Turn Up the Volume, will launch the Women's Mental Health Network (WMHN).
 
Turn Up The Volume will be a display of brilliant female voices who all want to see a change in the mental health system.
 
Date: 08 June
Tickets: £21.50
 
For more information about the event and a contact email to book a place, plese visit this page
 
North Teeside mental health action week 
 
LaunchpadMental healh action week is an alternative to mental health awareness week.
 
Survivors and carers were asked to identify key themes which impact their mentl health negatively.
 
This led to a series of free actions which will take place across North Tyneside during the week starting on 14 May.
 
Some actions require you to book your place in advance.
 
Please take a look at this page for more information and contact details.
 
'Happy Heads' event 
 
happy heads event Come along to the second annual 'Happy Heads' event in Croydon.
 
People with lived experience, carers and anyone interested in learning about good mind and body health can attend.
 
Date: 30 June
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Venue: New Life Croydon, 5 Cairo New Road, Croydon CR0 1XP
Cost: free
 
for more information and to book a place, please visit the event page
 
Focus group in Darlington 
 
Darlington Service users and carers are invited to the 3rd and final 'Weight Off Your Mind' focus group.
 
The focus group will discuss what success would look like for the  A Weight Off Your Mind plan which aims to support mental health service users in secondary services who want to lose weight.
 
Date: 15 May
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Venue: Room D3.16, Third Floor, Teeside University, Darlington Campus, Vicarage Road, Darlington, DL1 1JW.

At the meeting refreshments will be provided as will a sandwich lunch and reasonable travel expenses for unpaid service users and carers.

If you would like to attend but are unsure how to get to the venue, Mish Loreaine, North East Together secreatry, will be meeting people at Newcastle Central Station to travel by train to Darlington and can also meet people at Darlington station to walk to the campus which is only a short walk from the station.

If you have any questions or wish to give apologies please contact Mish at mish.loraine@netogether.co.uk, tel: 07902 403630.
 
First Prison Yellow Book 
 
1st prison yellow book - artwork 1 selected entrants have been published in the first ever Prison Yellow Book for HMP Leicester.
 
As part of this exciting investment from HMP Leicester, 1,000 copies of this creative wellbeing resource have been printed for use within the prison for both prisoners and staff.
 
The Yellow Book is the result of an annual competition for visual artists and poets. The organiser is Rethink Your Mind.
 
You can read more about this edition and bhrowse through the online flickr book here.
 
The picture is of one of the selected artworks.
 
Blackfriars Settlement is looking for volunteers 
 
blakfriars settlement logoBlackfriars Settlement is looking for volunteers. Are you:
  • An editor
  • A journalist
  • A graphic designer
  • A photographer
  • An art workshop tutor
  • A computer tutor
Blackfriars Settlement also offers workshops and mental health and weel being services such as tech support and gardening.
 
Please get in touch with Renuka on renuka.bhakta@blackfriars-settlement.org.uk / tel: 020 7928 9521
 
Mindful employers Leeds conference: focus on mental health 
 
You can expect keynote speakers, employer led workshops, practical wellbeing activities, lived experience stories, group discussions, and a market place of local mental health support services
mindful emplorers conference
 
By attending this conference, you will:

  • Acquire the skills and knowledge you need to make mental health sustainable at work.
  • Learn new ways to support staff with mental health issues in your workplace, thereby impacting positively on productivity and sickness absence.
  • Develop practical skills to manage stress - both for yourself and for the people you manage or work with.
  • Link with other employers (local and national) to discover how they’re improving their workplace wellbeing.
 
Date: 26 june
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Venue: Cloth Hall Court, Leeds City Centre
 
For more information and booking, please visit this page
 
Suffragette city summer solstice walk in London 
 
Suffragetes Artist Michelle Baharier invites you to walk though Suffragette City with her on 23 June staring at 11.45 pm meeting South side Tower Bridge, meeting  the Cook, Hannah Griggs or Wonder Woman - ending outside house’s of Parliament at Boudiccia’s sculpture .....it will be a night of fun and frolics...playing games and telling stories Celebrating the hidden legacy’s of women who have made changes though their contributions  to societal transition.
 
23 June 2018, at 11.45 pm meeting South Side Tower Bridge at 42 bus stop.

This walk is supported by NSUN, Hoarding UK and Colin and Strawberry Jazz.
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GOV.UK news 
 
Independent Review of thre Mantal Health Act - summary of work so far
 
Along with Easy Read and BSL versions of the interim report, this page offers a summary of the review's work so far.
 
 
Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) explained | The King's Fund
The Kings Fund explains whatsustainability and transformation plans (STPs) Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) explained | The King's Fund
really mean? And what will they mean for the NHS and for local populations?
STPs were announced in NHS planning guidance published in December 2015. NHS organisations and local authorities in different parts of England have come together to develop ‘place-based plans’ for the future of health and care services in their area. Read more here.
 
 
Review announced into training NHS staff to use AI and robotics

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has announced a review into how tens of thousands of NHS staff can be trained to use artificial intelligence and robotics.
 
 
Universal Credit and prison leavers
 
Information for prison leavers, work coaches and probation officers about Universal Credit.
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Free Wellbeing Courses

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We thought you might be interested in these free wellbeing courses held over the next few months at our Centre: 

·    Learning for Wellbeing: Wednesday, 9 May 10.00-13.00

·    Understanding Depression: Tuesday, 10 July 13.30-16.30

·    Caring for Someone with a long term illness or disability: Wednesday, 11 & 18 July 14.00-17.00

·    Daring to Dream: Tuesday, 17 July 13.30-16.30

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To enrol call 01442 864966 or book online at www.newleafcollege.co.uk

Walking in Hertfordshire - May

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May is National Walking Month

Over the next few weeks there are lots of reasons to walk more!

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Get walking this month to MOVE MORE and join the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity campaign
To tie in with National Walking Month, led by Living Streets, we’re celebrating walking in a big way this month across Hertfordshire. Walking is one of the easiest ways most of us can become a little bit more active – whether that’s aiming to increase your daily steps gradually, walking to work or to school, or exploring your local countryside. Keep up to date with Walking Month activity via #HertsYOPA18 Facebook and Twitter. Scroll down for some key dates for your diary!


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Love walking? Share your passion with others!
Sign up for a training date below to join our team of walking enthusiasts volunteering to inspire people across Hertfordshire to become more active and enjoy the great outdoors:
Health Walks Ambassador Training
Tuesday May 1, 2018; 9.30am - 1pm, Welwyn

Health Walk Leader Training
-Tuesday May 15, 2018, Bishop's Stortford 9.45am - 3pm
-Wednesday May 30, 2018, Stevenage 9.45am - 3pm
-Sunday June 10, 2018, Watford
9.45am - 3pm

Call 01992 588433 or email healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk with your preferred course date.


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Join the Mass Health Walk - Monday May 14th
Every year to celebrate National Walking Month the Hertfordshire Health Walks team organises a Mass Health Walk, to get as many people out walking across Hertfordshire in the same day. This year the event will take place on Monday May 14th and over 25 walks are available to join. Follow Health Walks on Facebook to find the full listing of walks, find a walk to suit you, then tell all your friends! Help us to become the biggest walking group in Hertfordshire!

 


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Stevenage Walking Festival May 5th- 13th
Join the 6th annual Stevenage Walking Festival, put together by members of Stevenage Leisure 50, North Herts Ramblers, and Stevenage Health Walks group, and with the support of Stevenage Borough Council. All walks are FREE, but a donation to chosen charity Home Start, supporting local families with young children, is welcomed at the end of the walks


Walks & More
The variety of activities on our Walks & More calendar during Walking Month means there's something for everyone to enjoy. These FREE outdoor events are a great opportunity to enjoy exploring Hertfordshire's beautiful countryside, learn local history, or have a fun family day out. Below are some of our top picks.


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Join a local library walk
Walk and talk about the book of choice for these interesting and stimulating walking/reading events organised by our Library Service volunteers. Find out more information inside the library or via the links below:
Letchworth Library - Tuesday 1st May 2pm

Marshalswick Library - Friday 18th May 9.45am-12pm


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Oxhey Woods Local Nature Reserve
Tuesday May 1, 2018 - 11am-12.30pm

Join CMS and the Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers for a 2 ½ mile circular walk through this diverse site, much of which is ancient woodland. We will take in the bluebells and other spring wildflowers, and learn more about past, future and current management of the site. Meet at Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail car park, located off Woodside Walk (Oxhey Drive South)/Prestwick Road. Nearest postcode: HA6 3EX. Just turn up - no booking required.

 


 

Celebrating 20 Years of Walking Buses - could you volunteer?

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Help Hertfordshire's children get more active! The Walking Bus is a scheme encouraging volunteers to walk children to school along a set route. The children walk in pairs and everyone wears high visibility clothing. With a “driver” at the front and a “conductor” at the back, the children are collected at “bus stops” at agreed times along the route. This would be a great opportunity to support our young people to become more active every day. If you would like to find out more about volunteering for the walking bus please contact activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

This e-Bulletin is produced by the Countryside Management Service, part of Hertfordshire County Council. If you know someone who might like to receive this e-Bulletin, please ask them to sign up via Update Me on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

We love to hear your comments and see your pictures of the walking events you take part in. Please email healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk. This is a monthly email, but if you’d prefer not to receive it you can unsubscribe below.

It’s Never too Late to be Active - FREE Activity Pass and PRIZES

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Why is physical activity important?

 Physical activity keeps our body strong, mind sharp and gives us more energy to keep doing the things we love. But many of us don’t meet the recommended 150 minutes a week.


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Claim your FREE activity pass

We want to help you become more active so we’re offering older residents a FREE local activity pass, plus the opportunity to win an iPad or Fitbit.


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Advice, support and information

We know it can be daunting to start something new, so our friendly HertsHelp advisers are on hand to help you find the right activity. Just call 0300 123 4044 or email info@hertshelp.net to get personalised advice.


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It's easier than you think to fit it into your day

Any activity that lasts for 10 minutes or more counts towards your total.A short walk here, a spot of gardening there, a class or activity you enjoy, taking the stairs rather than the lift - it all adds up.


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Planning is key

Having a regular routine can help activity become part of your day-to-day life. Our free planner can help you build up your activity in a manageable way.


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There's something for everyone!

There are activities to suit everyone, no matter what your budget, level of fitness or interests. Find out what's available for you.


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Long term benefits

Regular activity could reduce your risk of dementia by 30%, heart disease by 35% and Type 2 diabetes by 40%. It can also help prevent and manage cancer and depression.


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Win prizes!

What’s more, by signing up, you could win an iPad, a Fitbit or £100 voucher and help your local school win £1000 cash! 


"It helps me keep up with the grandchildren." Anthony

"I feel happier and more positive about myself." Barbara

"It helps me stay in shape and keeps my mind sharp." James

"I'm looking after myself and making new friends too." Jas

"Just a 10 minute walk makes all the difference." Marilyn

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"Being active is helping me stay stronger for longer" Mario

"Trying new things is easier than I thought." Pauline

"I have never had so much confidence." Preeti

"Being part of a group helps me stay motivated." Simon

"I have so much more energy now." Stephanie

"My group is so warm and welcoming." Sue

"Getting started has really helped my health." Tom

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NSUN Bulletin 23th April 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 23 April 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
 
NSUN Bulletin Monday 24 April 2018
 
Table of Contents
Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to the 23 April edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
 
Do email us if you have any news or information that you would like included in a future bulletin. Previous bulletins can be viewed here.
 
Donations to NSUN are gratefully received for this free service. You can donate directly here.
 
NSUN news 
 
'Reigniting the Space' project needs steering group members
 
The Collective Voice of User/Survivors from Racialised Groups:‘Reigniting the Space’ is currently recruiting members for a Steering Group to oversee, advise and support the development of a national network of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health service users and survivors.
 
The project, funded by Lankelly Chase Foundation, aims to bring together BME user/survivors and their groups to create a forum for collective political voice and action through facilitating networking, information sharing and collaboration.
 
To know more about about Reigniting the Space, please click here
To apply to be a steering group member, please click here
 
Closing date 30 April 2018
 
 
 
NSUN's AGM and members' event 2017
 
Last year over 100 people gathered in Sheffield for our Annual General Meeting and Members' Event.
 
As ever, feedback from attendees valued the networking, the discussions, the sharing and connecting. The Soap Boxes were also a highlight, creating a space for people to share what was important to them. "Soapboxes were INSPIRATIONAL! And gave a flavour of what’s going on around the country".
 
We also had the launch of the user led 'Challenge Sheffield@Challengesheff. Susan Smith spoke about the 'proud history' Sheffield has of providing mental health support and services through groups that are controlled by people with lived experience of mental health problems, such as the development of the Hearing Voices and the UK Advocacy Network.
 
In the afternoon we focused on the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, with Dorothy Gould presenting up to date information on the process and suggestions on how people could engage with it. This included raising awareness with local MPs and campaigning for a rights based Mental Health Act.
 
The final session of the day was reserved for table top discussions on the Members' Manifesto. Participants reflected on its relevance, accessibility and the priorities they wanted to see addressed. Feedback has influenced our programme of work since then and has helped us focus on the priorities people identified. Although all the Manifesto points were regarded as important, it was point 3 that was emerged as the most mentioned.
 
Pressure mental health services to make the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’ a reality at all levels, through meaningful involvement in decisions about our own individual care and genuine co-production to develop services 
 
The 4Pi National Involvement standards are now used across the country and across the sectors and have proven to be a valuable framework to ensure effective involvement, participation and co-production practice.
 
Finally, the graphic produced by Debbie Roberts at Engage Visually provided yet another fantastic capture of the day. This year participants were invited to contribute to its creation (in response to feedback from the last AGM).
 
Read the full event report here.
 
 
Survivors Researchers Network launch manifesto
Written by the Survivor Researcher Working Group, the SRN manifesto sets out the background and context to survivor and service user research and SRN's aims and values as a network. Read more here.
 
Selected blog 
 
The Poor Side of Life exposes unfair treatment of people at the Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre.
'I’ll list todays conversations. I wish that people wern’t treated like this, but they are and at many Jobcentres up and down the country....'
 
Sheffield Mental Health Challenge Day 
 
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S.O.D.I.T and Challenge Sheffield are hosting this user led and organised event.
 
Date: Monday 14 May
Time: 10.30am - 3pm
Venue: Voluntary Action Sheffield, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW 
 
The purpose of the event is to bring together people with lived/living experience of mental health distress in Sheffield to help make the city a better place for people who are experiencing these issues. Participants are invited to:
  1. Share their experience of mental health distress in Sheffield and your views of local services
  2. Discuss how people in the city can work together with providers in a more meaningful way
  3. Explore how people in the city can create and develop more connected communities
Follwoing the event a report will be produced which can be used not only to showcase the voices of people with mental health distress but also to influence and make changes through collective action.
 
LUNCH & REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED
 
NOTE this is an event for people with lived/living experience of Mental Health Distress and use of services ONLY
 
Suffragette city summer solstice walk in London 
 
Suffragetes Artist Michelle Baharier invites you to walk though Suffragette City with her on 23 June staring at 11.45 pm meeting South side Tower Bridge, meeting  the Cook, Hannah Griggs or Wonder Woman - ending outside house’s of Parliament at Boudiccia’s sculpture .....it will be a night of fun and frolics...playing games and telling stories Celebrating the hidden legacy’s of women who have made changes though their contributions  to societal transition.
 
23 June 2018, at 11.45 pm meeting South Side Tower Bridge at 42 bus stop.

This walk is supported by NSUN, Hoarding UK and Colin and Strawberry Jazz.
 
Focus 4 1 celebrate five years! 
 
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Focus-4-1 is driven by Black, Asian and ethnic minority adult mental health services users and welcome members from all backgrounds and nationalities. They meet every week and provide a wide range of services, support and social activity.
 
 
 
Focus-4-1 is a user led group that promotes recovery and independence in daily living. They support one another to enable all members to take control of their lives and strive to network throughout the community, voluntary and health sectors to campaign for better mental health services.
 
Get in touch with them today to find out more email info@focus-4-1.co.uk, telephone 07870898811 or visit the Facebook page
Address: Vestry Hall, London Road, Mitcham CR4 3UD.
 
Creative support  
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Hannah Chamberlain is an award winning service user entrepreneur who is available for freelance consulting on business development and strategy for your mental health charity, peer group or enterprise.
 
See her website www.hannahchamberlainfilm.co.uk or email to get in touch to discuss opportunities. 
 
Positive Mental Health Group - Birmingham 
 
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The group is open to anyone with an interest in promoting a greater awareness of mental health issues across the communities of Birmingham and Solihull. This is a chance to share information, news and views among statutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations, users and carer groups.
 
Everyone is welcome to this lively meeting which includes guest speakers, information stall, light refreshments and a chance to chat and catch up with others.
 
Monthly meetings are held on a Tuesday.
 
Venue: Moments Café 38 – 40, Holloway Circus, Birmingham City Centre, B1 1EQ.

Buses 61 and 63 stop at HF1 outside the café. The journey is just two stops from the Rotunda / Bullring centre. Board buses outside the Boots store.
 
The Mental Health Act Review and Institutional Racism 
 
Suman Fernando Further to the book by Suman Fernando, 'Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology: Race Matters in Mental Health', this conference will showcase ways of counteracting institutional racism in mental health services by promoting culture-change in professional practice and safeguarding human rights of people who use mental health services or are caught up in the mental health system.
 
Date: 01 June
Time: 10am - 5pm
Venue: Room AE1.01, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ
Cost: free
 
For more information and to book a place, please visit this page
 
 
The 'Do You Mind?' Campaign 
 
Article ImageThe "Do You Mind?" campaign is being undertaken to draw attention to the serious shortfall in provision of mental health services in Cheshire East.
 
'Cheshire East’s Mental Health Service provision has been underfunded since the closure of the Parkside Hospital complex in 1997. Twenty Years is long enough to wait for this to be sorted out.'
 
The campaign is sponsored by two organisations working together: East Cheshire Mental Health Forum and Crewe and Nantwich Open Minds.  If you would like to support the campaign just click here.
 
Benefits and Work subscription service 
 
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Benefits and Work, was launched in 2002 (and became a limited company in October 2006) by advice worker turned barrister Holiday Whitehead and benefits writer and trainer Steve Donnison, to provide just such information.
 
It is unique amongst benefits information providers in that it asks for no funding or support from the government, local authorities, grant making trusts or large companies. Every penny of Benefits and Work's revenue comes from its subscribing members. This independence means that the information shared is candid and direct.
 
There are lots of helpful guides and the latest news, as well as opportunities to share information, such as your 'top tips' for Surviving Life on Benefits.
 
Visit the website to find out more.
 
Rosamund Snow Community: FREE webinars 
 
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Going Beyond Co-design: Delivering Work Together
Find out how people with lived experience were involved in establishing and delivering the Severn & Wye recovery College and hear about the power of peer support. With Anna Burhouse, Director of Quality Development at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
 
Date: Wednesday 2 May
Time: 1pm - 2pm
 
Peer Support - An Approach to meaningful participation
Hear about peer support at Mind and their approach to meaningful participation. With Dominic Makuvachuma-Walker, Engagement Manager, Mind.
 
Date: Wednesday 13 June
Time: 1pm - 2pm
 
Regulation on Improvement
Regulation is a way to address poor quality healthcare. In the UK different regulators have different approaches to regulation, Find out more about the different approaches to regulating healthcare and they affect patients. With Joy Furnival, Quality Improvement Advisor, NHS Improvement. 
 
The Patient Perspective on Improvement
Hear about the work a patient is involved in, who's working for a regulator.
 
To join a webinar email 'YES' to  info@rosamundsnowcommunity.org.uk with the date and title of the webinar in the subject bar. An Outlook invite will be sent to you with joining instructions.
 
SCIE News 
 
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Co-production Week blog starts for 2018 (11 April 2018)
The third annual Co-production Week runs from 2 July and in the run-up to the week we are again hosting blogs about co-production, where service users and carers are central to the design, delivery and evaluation of services. The first blog is from INVOLVE, which supports active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. Author Gary Hickey looks at how to co-produce a research project.
SCIE Peer researchers opportunity
 
SCIE is recruiting peer researchers for an evaluation project SCIE with Oxfordshire County Council. They are looking for three people to work on the evaluation which will involve a commitment of around 23 days.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 4th May 2018.
The selection day will be held on 17th May 2018 in the SCIE office.
 
If you are interested in the role, please contact Susanne Gibson – email: susanne.gibson@scie.org.uk telephone 020 7766 7428
 
 
Discount offer on HC-UK mental health conferences and master classes 
 
HC-UK HC-UK's series of mental health conferences and masterclasses focus on a number of topics helping those working in mental health or with mental health service users have an increased understanding of the service user experience and look at issues such as capacity and consent, co-morbidity and psychological therapies.
 
20% discount by quoting ref: HCUK20NSUN when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Full T&Cs available upon request.)
 
NICE Guideline Committee 
 
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Call for members for the rehabilitation in adults with severe and enduring mental illness guideline committee.
 
Closing date: 10am, Tuesday 15 May 2018.
Time commitment: 2 years. 
 
NICE are looking for:
A range of health and social care professionals and service providers with demonstrable relevant experience and knowledge in the field of rehabilitation for severe and enduring mental illness. Applicants should have:
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • the ability to communicate complex issues to differing audiences.
Any questions? Contact Hilary Eadon at HEadon@rcog.org.uk.
 
How to apply
Read information for applicants(PDF) for: 
  • role description and person specification  
  • expenses and how to claim
  • recruitment and selection process .
Send the  following documents:
Attach those documents in an email and send to Eleanor Howat at NGAapplications@rcog.org.uk
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GOV.UK news 
 
New support to help children living with alcohol-dependent parents
The measures will give children living with alcoholic parents fast access to support and advice. Read more here.
 
Challenge a decision made by the DWP
If you think a decision is wrong, you can use this form to ask DWP to look at it again. This is called 'mandatory reconsideration'.
Two documents, in English and Welsh
 
Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with regulation
Britain’s health minister Jeremy Hunt threatened to impose new regulations on social media firms unless they do more to protect young people using their services.
Read more here
 
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