Personality Disorder Short Questionnaire

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Personality Disorder Short Questionnaire

 

We would be extremely grateful if those of you with a diagnosis of PD could fill out this short questionnaire.

Deadline for completion is 31st December 2017
 
The questions here are taken from the nationwide PD online survey hosted by the National Service User Network (NSUN) and builds on recent workshops that we have held with service users.
 
We would like to feed this information back to our commissioners, HPFT and NSUN.
 
We really want to know your experiences and needs so that people with a diagnosis of PD feel heard and get the services that help them. We will put the results of this survey on the Viewpoint website
www.hertsviewpoint.co.uk in the New Year
 

Please click here to go to the survey

 

Thank you.

Viewpoint Administrator

 

 
 

NHS Service Changes in Hertfordshire

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A joint committee made up of representatives from both Herts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have announced a number of decisions about NHS services in the county.

These decisions follow a 10 week extensive public consultation;  Let’s Talk, on a series of proposals designed to make the best use of the money and resources available to the local NHS and encourage people to live healthier lives, avoiding preventable illnesses. All proposals were debated in full and members of the public had the opportunity to make representations in front of the committee.

The changes are:

  • Morbidly obese patients with a BMI over 40 will be required to reduce their weight by at least 15% before accessing nonurgent surgery and for those with a BMI of over 30, we are looking for a reduction of 10%. These criteria will apply unless waiting for surgery would be more harmful.
  • Smokers will be required to quit smoking before being referred for nonurgent surgery, unless waiting for surgery would be more harmful for them.
  • Gluten- free food will no longer be available on prescription, with the exception of those patients with learning disabilities or where there are welfare concerns.
  • In future, people wanting a prescription for medicines, products and food items that are available to buy from pharmacies, supermarkets or shops for short-term conditions will need to purchase them directly, except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Female sterilisation will only be funded in exceptional circumstances, which would be assessed on a casebycase basis if alternative forms of longacting contraception are unsuitable.
     
  • IVF and other specialist fertility treatments will no longer be funded, except in exceptional circumstances.  This decision will be reviewed after one year, in the light of the financial position Herts Valleys finds itself in at that time.

A proposal to stop funding for vasectomies was rejected on the basis that this would not be cost-effective when the long-term cost of contraceptive services is taken into account.

During an extensive public engagement campaign - which included big public meetings, drop-in discussion events, press and social media – thousands of online and postal responses were received from members of the public, special interest groups, clinicians, local wellbeing groups and providers of services. The vast majority of the proposals received considerable public support.  

Dr Nicolas Small, Chair of Herts Valleys CCG said:

“None of these decisions have been taken lightly, but people understand that the NHS faces major challenges and must adapt to meet them.  There is wide public backing for most of the changes that have been agreed today – even from people who told us that they would be directly affected. 

“As we plan the implementation of today’s decisions over the months ahead, we will make sure that everyone who needs to make lifestyle changes, including those who need to lose weight or quit smoking, gets the information and support they need to succeed.

“Although we are asking people to take more responsibility for some aspects of their healthcare where possible, we won’t be withdrawing any support from people who are not able to do this.  GPs will still make decisions based on the individual needs of their patients, and will be able to refer individual cases to a specialist decision-making panel if their patient faces exceptional clinical circumstances.

“Proposals on IVF services in particular generated strong feelings and it was an especially difficult decision. We have listened to the views of local people and I am pleased that we decided to review today’s decision in 12 months’ time in the context of our future financial position.

The changes will be implemented over the coming weeks and months, along with a public information campaign about the changes.

Click here for more information

FINAL REMINDER Drug and Alcohol Engagement Survey

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Hertfordshire County Council is reviewing its substance misuse treatment services for both young people and adults for 2019 and beyond.  

We want to ensure that, together, we effectively prevent and reduce harm related to drugs and alcohol. Have your say on our ideas for the future through a short survey.

The engagement questionnaire will be open until Wednesday 18th October 2017.

Click here to open the survey https://surveys.hertfordshire.gov.uk/s/drugandalcoholservice/

NSUN Bulletin 16th Oct 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 16 October 2017
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Monday16 October 2017
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
As well as celebrating World Mental Health Day, October has been recognised as National Black History Month for 30 years in the UK. This week's bulletin features events and news from around the country.
 
Black History Month 2017
 
Read the African History Month discussion paper here
30 British Black Music Albums To Mark African History Month @ 30 spanning five decades! 
 
NSUN news 
 
At its inception, NSUN formed an alliance with the Catch-A-Fiya, the national BME user/survivor network, then hosted by the Afiya Trust. In collaboration with the Catch-A-Fiya network, NSUN commissioned a piece of work that critically looked at the involvement of user/survivors from racialised communities in shaping mental health policy and practice and in the survivor movement more broadly.
 
The report, Dancing to Our Own Tunesand its recommendations led to the development of a charter and guidelines on BME user/survivor involvement and leadership (Kalathil 2011/13). The report and the charter and guidelines continue to influence NSUN’s work and policies, including the development of the 4Pi principles of user involvement.
 
Since 2010 when Catch-a-fiya closed down, there is no one place where information about organisations, projects and activities by users and survivors from racialised communities is available. Over the last year NSUN has been working with Lankelly Chase Foundation to explore how this can be addressed. We continue to draw on the findings from the Ethnic Inequalities in Mental Health report and hope that with the Kindred Minds mental health manifesto and proposals to 'Re-ignite the Space' for BME service users, we will start to see some of the rhetoric become reality.
 
Since the demise of the national network, Catch-A-Fiya, and the Delivering Race Equality programme, there is currently no recognisable national platform for BME user/survivors to come together. Our hope is that the mobilisation of the knowledge and expertise of BME user/survivors as part of our work  will have a lasting legacy in re-creating the lost space for national organisation and collaborative working.
 
In light of our recent review of our membership groups it is vitally important that we have a clearer picture of the current work and activities undertaken by BME mental health service users and their groups/organisations in supporting people in the community, addressing multiple and intersecting disadvantage, and influencing policy and practice.
 
 
The report on the review into the over-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system was published 8 September 2017. It stated that a growing proportion of those offending for the first time, reoffending, and serving custodial sentences are minority Ethnic children. Today 41% of under-18s in custody are from minority background. This month we have had the publication of the Race Disparity Audit, as expected revealing 'difficult truths'.
 
Sadly we continue to see too many reports presenting the same problems and too little action taken to address them. Let's hope it's not another 30 years before we see some positive change.
 
 
Supporting NSUN
 
If you would like to support our work you can either donate via our Total Giving page or raise money without any extra cost to you by shopping online through The Giving Machine.
Selected blogs 
 
Using Evidence from the Race Disparity Audit to Reform the Mental Health Act Black Thrive CEO Patrick Vernon looks at the consequences of over representation of black people in mental health services.
 
The Day The Doctor Stole My Sex Life by Daryl Brown. Daryl writes a blog called sterilising the mentally ill, documenting today's crimes of the mental health state. 
 
Last week's World Mental Health Day blogs:
 
NSUN's Sarah Yiannoullou in her blog World Mental Health Day - A day of contradictions! and, 
 
 
Black History Month 
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This month is the 30th anniversary of the National Black History Month in the UK.
 
Lord Ousely says how 'Black History Month is essential in promoting learning, providing information and contributing to community cohesion. For the past 30 years it has shone, and continues to shine, a beacon of light on the facts about Black history, heritage, legacy and the on-going struggles for equality and justice. More than that, it educates, informs and inspires us each day of the year to be proud of who we are and to understand our history, our origins, why we are here and our right to stay and exist as equals.' Read the his full article here.
 
Find out about events and exhibitions around the country here.
 
Follow Black History Month on Twitter @BhmUK or Facebook
 
BME groups
 
 
Maat Probe Sheffield
 
Maat Probe Group was founded by Robin Cox and Steven Sanderson in 2008. Since then they have undergone RESPECT Training, started campaigning and so much more. Their mission is to promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle by incorporating new methods of recovery for service users in the community. Promoting a balanced way of life and boosting mental health awareness.
 
Call 07958024692
Email: maat.probe4@yahoo.co.uk
 
 
Kindred Minds Southwark
 
Kindred Minds is a service user led BME peer support group network in Southwark, that brings together mental health service users from different Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities with a focus on mutuality, shared learning and friendship.
 
The group meets fortnightly. 
For more information about this project:
Call: Garry 07868 399458
Email: km@lambethandsouthwarkmind.org.uk 
 
 
Hackney Women's Haven group 
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Improving African & Caribbean heritage women’s health & well-being
 
Thinking Space - This space is especially for women who have experienced any form of abuse. 
 
Meeting the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month during term time, creating a safe space to talk about what’s on our minds and offer each other support. Regular attendees will also have the opportunity to be trained as volunteers. 
 
You can drop-in anytime from 10.30am-12.00pm. Session ends at 12.30pm.
For enquiries please contact Hackney Women’s Haven: hwhprojectassistant@claudiajones.org 0207 275 0385  | www.hwhpartnership.org | www.claudiajones.org
 
University of Nottingham: Black History Month events 
 
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  • The Tempest (a Bilimankhwe International Theatre production)
    7:30pm, Friday 27 October
    A powerful, passionate production featuring stunning contemporary African choreography and an original soundtrack which samples traditional Malawian music. Taking place at Lakeside Arts. Tickets for this event are £15.00.
 
Bedlam Arts and Mental Health Festival - Birmingham 
 
17-28 October 2017
 
Find out what's on across Birmingham in the festival brochure
 
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The festival includes a performance of Something Dark which tells the story of Lemn Sissay’s upbringing in children’s homes and foster care, and the search for his family and true identity. 
 
Date: 24 October
Time: 8pm
Venue: Theatre MAC, Birmingham
 
 
 
Black Mental Health (BMH) campaign 
 
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Black Mental Health states that 'Black people are subject to higher rates of sectioning, over-medication, misdiagnosis and forcible restraint despite similar rates of mental ill health as other ethnic groups.'
 
 
The Protection of Freedoms Bill
 
BMH is calling people to take action to make a difference to what happens to all the police records linked to innocent DNA and help to change the law. The letters that people have written to MPs are one of the main reasons that the new Government has committed to include the deletion of all innocent DNA samples and profiles in The Protection of Freedoms Bill.
 
Click on the link below to download the campaign letter and post or e-mail it to your MP. You can also ring your MP's constituency office and ask to make an appointment to see him or her to discuss your concerns on this issue.
 
 
Thrive LDN Lambeth Community workshop 
 
Black Thrive is a partnership-based, cross-sector approach to deliver system change in Lambeth. Find out more on the Black Thrive website.
 
Lambeth and Thrive LDN are holding a community conversation aimed at encouraging people to work together to improve health and happiness in the borough. The workshop will include looking at the aims of Thrive LDN and then discussing how to work together to make them happen in Lambeth. This will be an opportunity to learn more and get involved in how these develop.
 
Venue: Mosaic Clubhouse, 65 Effra Rd, London, SW2 1BZ
 
Find out more and book here.
 
Black Thrive 
 
Disability and migration - living on the periphery of society 
 
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This event will bring together activists, academics and members of the public to consider how disability and migration activism and scholarship intersect to inform policy making in a time of austerity.
 
Date: Monday 6 November 2017
Time: 3pm - 6pm
Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Room: BR 2.18, Brooks building, Manchester, M15 6GX
 
Talk 1: Precarious Lives: people with learning disabilities in a time of austerity
 
Talk 2: Disability activism: the fight for human rights, dignity and respect
 
Talk 3: Diminished citizenship? Exploring the impact of welfare conditionality on migrants and disabled people
 
Talk 4: Disability and migration – living on the periphery of society?
 
Find out more and book here.
 
Black Mental Health Conference and Black History Exhibition 
 
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Time:  2pm - 8pm
Venue: New Testament Assembly, 7 Beechcroft Road, Tooting, SW17 7BU
 
Hosted by South West London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust, Chief Executive, David Bradley, will give an update on the progress that is being made to reduce BME mental health inequalities, following last years event.
Dr Frank Keating, Royal Holloway, University of London, will present a key note address and discussion on what are the social factors that determine good and bad mental health, and what needs to change to build and sustain mentally well communities.
 
John Beckles, Transformation and Commissioning Manager for Children and Young People, South West London STP, will discuss the importance of Early Action. Recent reports have shown the increase in rates of depression amongst young people, with many also living in traumatic conditions with violence and the fear of violence a constant presence.
 
The Black History Exhibition, which will be on show again, with additional sections on the Anti-Colonial Movement and a focus on the cultural shifts experienced by Black communities in the UK. They will also build on the tradition of acknowledging and honouring members of our community who continue to make a contribution to our work, and to the betterment of our communities.
 
You can read more about the agenda, the priorities for discussion based on last year's event and how to book here.
 
Black History Month: At the crossroads? 
 
Article ImageJoin Peter D’Sena, a Learning and Teaching Specialist at the University of Hertfordshire and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London for a talk about the role and relevance of Black History Month,
 
This talk will explore how some recent work in migration studies, ethnomusicology and Blues music may take teaching, learning and, more generally, knowing about black history forward.
 
Date: Wednesday 25 October
Time: 4.30pm - 5.15pm
Venue: University of Hertfordshire, Room N002, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9EU Maps and Directions
 
Book here.
 
Mental Health Act debate
  
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Date: Wed 22 November 2017
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, 16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
 
Participants will express views (for and against) on the statement '‘This house believes that fundamental reform of the Mental Health Act is required to reduce discrimination and unnecessary detention’'
 
You can attend for free. Registration is open here.
 
Research survey 
 
What helped and what hindered: A qualitative study into people’s experiences of interventions on their journey of ceasing non-suicidal self- Injury (NSSI).
 
The focus of this research is to gain in depth understanding of experiences of what has assisted and hindered people to stop non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). This research is important as it has the potential to provide critical information regarding the type of treatment, intervention, and support which helped you in stopping non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI); with the aim of informing and supporting others. If you are 18 yrs old or above, and this is something that you would like to volunteer and contribute towards please contact Lorna Robinson (counselling psychology postgraduate student in the Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England,Bristol. If you are interested, please email: Lorna2.Robinson@live.uwe.ac.uk
 
Mental health in the news 
 
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GOV.UK news 
 
Ethnicity in the UK - Ethnicity facts and figures website
 
In 2016 Theresa May launched the Race Disparity Audit across all government departments.There is now a dedicated website where you can view data on ethnicity by topic.
 
In the UK, 87% of people are White, and 13% belong to a Black, Asian, Mixed or Other ethnic group. Use this service to find information about the different experiences of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. It gathers data collected by government in one place, making it available to the public, specialists and charities.
 
Race, Mental Health and  Criminal Justice: Moving Forward
 
Nacro, Clinks, Race Equality Foundation, and Association of Mental Health Providers have published a briefing Race, Mental Health and Criminal Justice: Moving Forward that explores how pathways for people from BAME communities can be more effectively integrated to provide the most appropriate and timely support for those with mental health needs who are in contact with, or end up in, the criminal justice system. It considers what strategies should be in place to:
  1. address key challenges highlighted by BAME communities who have experience of both the justice and mental health systems
  2. address disproportionality and ensure that people’s needs are effectively and appropriately addressed
Government outlines plan to become the UK's most inclusive employer by 2020
 
The Government has today announced the plan for how it will become the most inclusive employer in the UK by 2020. The Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion Strategy outlines a range of ambitious proposals to achieve this aim, including:
  • to build a dedicated ethnic minority programme to improve the representation of ethnic minority staff at the most senior levels across the Civil Service;
  • to create a Diverse Leadership Task Force that will report to the Cabinet Secretary;
  • to publish a data dashboard tracking progress on diversity and inclusion targets by April 2018;
  • to establish a new framework for measuring inclusion;
  • to embed diversity and inclusion in Single Departmental Plans.
Mental Health Act review
The Prime Minister has announced plans for an independent review of the Mental Health Act, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. Details about the review, including the terms of reference, can be found here.
Disclaimer: Not all material included in this newsletter are generated by NSUN. Where possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions from you, so please email the editor info@nsun.org.uk
Sharing is not endorsing
 
Sources: Black History Month, Hackney CVS, Gary O'Brien, The Independent, The Guardian, BBC News, Black Thrive, Gov.uk

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Spooky goings on in St. Albans...

There will be ghoulish goings on in St. Albans this Halloween...

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Have you ever wanted to learn the Michael Jackson 'Thriller' routine?

Well now is your chance! Thrillerathon is taking place in St. Albans, all proceeds are going to the amazing local charity, Herts Young Homeless #hyhthriller

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Sign up now via Eventbrite.   

You can come along to ANY of the three rehearsals, which are happening on:  

- Oct 14th, 11am at Marlborough School, Watling St, St Albans AL1 2QA
- Oct 19th, 7-8pm at Marlborough School, Watling St, St Albans AL1 2QA
- Oct 25th, 7-8pm at Marlborough School, Watling St, St Albans AL1 2QA

And for those brave enough, join in the flash mob on the afternoon of Halloween, in St. Albans!
Rehearsals are just £5 for adults, and £2.50 for under 18s.
So buy tickets or sign up for the whole lot for just £14.99!

Popdance are also recording a video of the routine for you to practice in the comfort of your own home. £5 as a one off if you can't make any of the other events.

If you've ever fancied yourself as a dancing zombie, why not come and join in...
'Cause this is THRILLER!!!'

                     

Hertfordshire Alliance Survey 2016

Survey of the Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services and Treatments Available to Adults Living in Hertfordshire 2016

This report is a continuation of the mental health ‘Survey of Care and Treatment’, initially started in Hertfordshire by Glyn Trollope alongside a partnership of organisations. It sets out the views of service users and carers, in reference to the services they access to support their wellbeing. The survey is carried out highlight areas of good practice, in addition to pinpointing areas for improvement. We would like to thank our partner organisations for their support and of course the service users and carers who took the time to share their experiences.

 

To download the report please click here.

NSUN Bulletin 10th Oct 2017

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Tuesday 10 October 2017 - World Mental Health Day
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to the World Mental Health Day special bulletin.
 
This year marks the 25th anniversary since the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) founded the awareness day in 1992. Since then people all over the world have been holding events, making announcements and raising awareness of themed issues for #WorldMentalHealthDay. This year's theme is Mental Health in the Workplace - addressing the value of promoting well-being in work settings of all kinds.
 
The vision of the WFMH 'is to start the discussion so that we can define best practice in promoting mental health in the workplace and create a broad coalition to promote best practice, decrease negative attitudes and discrimination and empower individuals to promote mental health and dignity for all.'
 
You can download WMHD 2017 report.pdf and also download images for social media on the WFMH website here.
 
WFMH is also asking organisations to sign a pedge to show commitment to:
  • Appreciation of employees and workers
  • Creating of a supportive environment
  • Identification of early signs of burnout
  • Creating an organisational culture which reflects value systems and beliefs
  • Stress management
  • Building awareness and reducing stigma
  • Mental health wellness and providing support for employees who need it.
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World Mental Health Day provides the mental health community with the opportunity to promote and profile what's happening around the country and around the world. This year, follows what many referred to as the 'Year of Mental Health' due to the unprecidented interest and media cover for mental health in 2016 and sees continued focus on mental health support from the young Royals. 
 
Today the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are starting off the day hosting a reception at St James’s Palace to celebrate the impact of Heads Together and thanking all of those who played a key role in the success of the campaign. In the  evening, The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the contribution of those working in the mental health sector across the UK. 
 
 
Read some thoughts about this year's World Mental Health Day from:
  • NSUN's Sarah Yiannoullou in her blog World Mental Health Day - A day of contradictions! and, 
  • Mark Brown from Social Spider in his piece The discussion about work and mental health is anything but cause for celebration for people with long term mental health needs (see attached).
 
NSUN news 
 
Mental Health Act review
 
Last week the Prime Minister announced plans for an independent review of the Mental Health Act, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. Details about the review, including the terms of reference, can be found hereThe terms of reference state that the review should closely involve service users and carers (both current and past) in all aspects of its work. It should:
  • The human rights of people with lived experience should be respected and upheld and our power and choices should be returned to us
  • The Mental Health Act (2007) is out of date and there is a tension between the Human Rights Act (1998) and the Mental Health Act
  • Lived experience and survivor knowledge should be valued as part of the ‘evidence base’ that is used to inform research and decisions made by policy makers and commissioners
Statutory services should be complying with human rights legislation and regulators should be enforcing and prosecuting breaches of human rights (eg. ill-treatment or wilful neglect under section 127 of the Mental Health Act or section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005). Our work with the British Institute of Human Rights led to the production of resources to enable people to use a rights-based approach to challenge practice that does not comply.
 
As a network we will continue to campaign for radical reform of the Mental Health Act (2007) to make the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) a reality for people with lived experience of mental distress, as part of the wider disability community - a Mental Health Rights Act! 
 
Supporting NSUN
 
If you would like to support our work you can either donate via our Total Giving page or raise money without any extra cost to you by shopping online through The Giving Machine.
 
Selected blogs 
 
Katie Siobhan candidly shares her thoughts on anti-stigma campaigns, speaking out about mental health and the loss of her brother. Read the full blog here.
 
 
The discussion about work and mental health is anything but cause for celebration for people with long term mental health needs by Mark Brown
 
Using Human Rights to strengthen policy work: Sarah Yiannoullou talks about NSUN's work with the British Institue of Human Rights (BIHR) and how it has shaped current and planned work.
 
Asylum: autumn edition out now 
 
Article ImageSummary from Asylum webpage: The lead article in this issue concerns the artist, Bryan Charnley. Bryan suffered with mental health problems for many years, was diagnosed and treated for schizophrenia, decided to stop taking his meds, and finally took his own life. The article includes images and writings he produced when he had stopped his meds and descended into his own nightmare world. Co-authored by the artist’s twin brother, this article offers no easy answers.
 
Other articles included from: Rachel Rowan Olive, Bryan Charnley, James Charnley and Nick Bohannon, Haigh and Jan Lees, Ronda E. Richardson, Oliver Swingler, Erin Mueller, Megan Tyler, Mark Twain, Helen Spandler, Sean Burn, Adrian Chapman.
 
World Mental Health Day events - 10th October 
 
Gateshead World Mental Health Day event - Shipley Art Gallery
 
Find out what mental health services are available to Gateshead residents
Get involved in art and culture activities Live music, free food and refreshments
Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue: Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JB
Craig Lynch at Gateshead Mental Health User Voice       
Phone 0191 4777 381, email clynch@mhm.org.uk 
 
Arts All Over The Place
 
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Venue: mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
 
FOYER ACTIVITIES
11am - 4pm  RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS    
Drop in celebratory visual arts throughout the day
FOYLE STUDIO 
12pm - 4pm POSITIVE VIBRATIONS  World Mental Health Day Celebrations with music and  
mayhem. Spliced with dancing & singing for wellbeing, poetry and performance from artists and performers across the City
THE EMERGENCY POET (at The Terrace) 11am - 4pm 
The world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service. A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her ambulance and prescribes 
poems as cures    
 
For any further information please contact artsallovertheplace@yahoo.co.uk  07561 063969
 
Berkshire breaking records
 
A group of volunteers in Berkshire are getting together to teach what they hope will be the world's largest mental health lesson. The event is being held at the Madejski Stadium on World Mental Health Day. Run by Brighter Berkshire, this is part of a year long fundraising campaign to fund local projects and voluntary organisations supporting those with mental health issues. Find out more here.
 
Universal Credit Open Day 
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Date: Friday 13th October 2017
Time: 2pm-5pm
Location: Newington Community Centre, Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate,CT12 6HX
 
Newington Big Local are holding an open event in partnership with Job Centre Plus, Citizens Advice Thanet, Thanet District Council and Together Canterbury to give you more information about Universal Credit. It is a chance to ask questions, along with finding out where you can get help.
 
Free budgeting and debt advice, CV writing, free courses and more.This event is open to everyone in Thanet.
 
Mindfulness Based Black therapy (MBBT): training events 
 
Meditation Circle
Part of the MBBT – Diversity & Inclusion Teacher Training Programme
 
Mindfulness Based Black Therapy (MBBT) combines MBSR/MBCT and considers issues of race, culture and ethnicity.  The objectives are to provide safe learning spaces for students from BAME backgrounds, to consider mindfulness as a valuable resource for good mental health and stress reduction, and also enable BAME people to grow and find their true potential.
 
We welcome people from any race, creed or background to take part in the following events:
  • 14 October 2017,  MBBT taster day, 1-4pm ‘Overview of mindfulness training paths’
  • 2 December 2017, Teacher Training Day, 10am – 5pm.‘Mindfulness & working with internalised racism and rage’
  • 13 January 2018, 8-week MBBT programme course 'Our pilot stress reduction course for people of colour’
  • 1-8 June 2018, a full week’s Teacher Training retreat in the New Forest‘Our first annual teacher training retreat for people of colour’
Venue: Top floor, St Mary’s Church, Putney Bridge, London
 
In association with BAATN – the Black, African & Asian Therapists’ Network (www.baatn.org.uk)
 
Cost & Booking: 
14 October, booking through Baatn, £12
2 December, booking through Baatn, £70 (£55 for Baatn members; £40 concessions)
13 January, booking through Baatn, £180 (£150 for Baatn members; £100 concessions)
 
For more information please see www.meditationcircle.co.uk or contact william.fley@aol.com
 
Mental Health Act debate
  
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Date: Wed 22 November 2017
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, 16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
 
Participants will express views (for and against) on the statement '‘This house believes that fundamental reform of the Mental Health Act is required to reduce discrimination and unnecessary detention’'
 
You can attend for free. Registration is open here.
 
Helplines Partnership: Helpline Awards 2017 
 
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Have you booked your place at the Helpline Event of the Year?
 
Date: Thursday 30 November 2017
More speakers and presenters have recently been announced on our website. Find out more.
 
Don't forget to nominate in the Helpline Awards 2017.
Closing date for nominations is Friday 27 October 2017.
 
Big Brother: an intimate photographic portrayal 
 
Article ImageBig Brother is an intimate photographic portrayal of Justin’s struggle with schizophrenia by his sister Louis Quail, to be published as a book in partnership with Dewi Lewis Publishing. 
  • Shortlisted  finalist  in  the  Renaissance  Photography  prize  2017  (winners   announced  October  11th)   
  • Awarded  the  Metro  Portfolio  prize  at  Format17 Photography  Festival     
  • "Big  Brother",  is  a  cover  story  reviewed  in  Source  Magazine,  and  BJP  Online.  
 This  project  challenges  stereotypes  and  in  doing  so  reveals  a  system  in  crisis,  but  at   its  heart  is  a  love  story  and  a  project  that  values  those  suffering  with  mental  health   issues.    

A Kickstarter campaign has been set up to raise money to fund  the book Big Brother. Please feel free to  share it in your social networks with your friends and colleagues. hours.

Short link to copy and paste: https://goo.gl/gLqFq9 I SEE THE KICK STARTER HERE
 
Hackney Women's Haven group 
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Improving African & Caribbean heritage women’s health & well-being
 
Thinking Space - This space is especially for women who have experienced any form of abuse. 
 
Meeting the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month during term time, creating a safe space to talk about what’s on our minds and offer each other support. Regular attendees will also have the opportunity to be trained as volunteers. 
 
You can drop-in anytime from 10.30am-12.00pm. Session ends at 12.30pm.
For enquiries please contact Hackney Women’s Haven: hwhprojectassistant@claudiajones.org 0207 275 0385  | www.hwhpartnership.org | www.claudiajones.org
 
Research surveys 
 
Transition from child to adult mental health services
Kate Massey-Chase is a researcher at the University of Exeter. Kate is designing a Drama project to support young people who are going through the transition from child to adult mental health services. Kate is looking for people to participate who have been service users, parents/carers of young people and professional who work in children’s and/or adults' mental health services.  Here are the questionnaires for: Serviceusers,  Parents/carerProfessionals
If you have any questions, please contact Kate at km532@exeter.ac.uk
 
What helped and what hindered: A qualitative study into people’s experiences of interventions on their journey of ceasing non-suicidal self- Injury (NSSI).
The focus of this research is to gain in depth understanding of experiences of whathas assisted and hindered people to stop non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). This research is important as it has the potential to provide critical information regarding the type of treatment, intervention, and support which helped you in stopping non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI); with the aim of informing and supporting others. If you are 18 yrs old or above, and this is something that you would like to volunteer and contribute towards please contact Lorna Robinson (counselling psychology postgraduate student in the Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England,Bristol. If you are interested, please email: Lorna2.Robinson@live.uwe.ac.uk
 
Survey about Oral Anti-Psychotic Medication
Charlotte Golshetti works for Rethink as a support worker and is a student on the Masters Psychology conversion course, at Nottingham Trent University. If you use any Rethink service and take anti-psychotic tablets for schizophrenia or a schizophrenia spectrum disorder, then please feel free to take part in this survey. Charlotte is looking at the reasons why people with these conditions choose to take their anti-psychotic tablets.
You can read more and access the survey here.
 
Mental health in the news 
 
The Guardian:
The Independent:
The Mail online:
 The Telegraph:
 
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Mental Health Act review
The Prime Minister has announced plans for an independent review of the Mental Health Act, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. Details about the review, including the terms of reference, can be found here.
 
Video of the NHS Board meetingThe NHS England Board meeting was broadcast live on 28 September
 
Sexual Orientaion Monitoring Standard published. Working closely with key stakeholders including NHS Digital, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Foundation led the work to develop a Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard on behalf of NHS England.
 
FREE Regional Social Prescribing Conferences:
Race, Mental Health and  Criminal Justice: Moving Forward
Nacro, Clinks, Race Equality Foundation, and Association of Mental Health Providers have published a briefing Race, Mental Health and Criminal Justice: Moving Forward that explores how pathways for people from BAME communities can be more effectively integrated to provide the most appropriate and timely support for those with mental health needs who are in contact with, or end up in, the criminal justice system. It considers what strategies should be in place to:
  1. address key challenges highlighted by BAME communities who have experience of both the justice and mental health systems
  2. address disproportionality and ensure that people’s needs are effectively and appropriately addressed
Disclaimer: Not all material included in this newsletter are generated by NSUN. Where possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions from you, so please email the editor info@nsun.org.uk
Sharing is not endorsing
 
Sources: Asylum, Hackney CVS, Gary O'Brien, The Mail, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Gov.uk

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Dual Diagnosis Protocol

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The Dual Diagnosis operational Protocol is designed to give a clear framework within which Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Spectrum Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service staff can operate with regard to providing comprehensive service user focused services to those with Co-existing Mental Health and Substance Misuse Disorders (Dual Diagnosis).

Spectrum and Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust have clear agreements about how to meet the needs of those with co-existing mental health and substance misuse disorders (Dual Diagnosis), as defined in this protocol, under their care. These are based on the principle of working jointly to provide individualised packages of care that are most suited to individual service users, rather than allowing the ways services are organised to dictate how care is provided.

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News from around Hertfordshire County Council

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Capture Hertfordshire & win

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Hertfordshire County Council is launching its #HertsInFocus photo competition this week and encourages residents to send in their best shots of the county. Get snapping and start submitting your best pics!

 

5 things you may not have known you can recycle

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This Recycle Week, we’re reminding you about a few items you may not have known are recyclable. These are a few items you may not have known you can recycle 

 

Happy & healthy Hertfordshire

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A new public health strategy for Hertfordshire was given the seal of approval by councillors this week. Read about the key priorities of the strategy

 

Health Walks Ambassador opportunity

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Countryside Management Service is on the hunt for passionate locals and keen walkers to help with the smooth running of the Hertfordshire Health Walks programme. Find out more about the Ambassador role

 

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NSUN Bulletin 2nd Oct 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 11th September 2017
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Monday 02 October 2017
 
Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to this week's bulletin. We will be launching the new website this week so please bear with us. We will be updating content over the next month.
 
NSUN news
 
AGM in Sheffield on 27 september
Thank you for traveling to the AGM on Wdnesday 27 September. We missed those of you who could not make it to Shefield and hope you could follow on Twitter. We are going through the mterials produced at the event and will share as soon as possible.
 
Work on the new website
We apologise for not being able to launch the new website during the week. Materials are still being uploaded and technical glitches are still being fixed.
 
Creating a service user network response to benefit reforms
Roy Bard, a long-term campaigner on issues relating to welfare reforms and Mental Health is keen to hear about active campaigns against the welfare reforms within the NSUN network, any ideas that people might have for building campaigns to resist these draconian measures, and any personal experiences which our members have of claiming Universal Credit with a Mental Health issue.
Please contact Roy with your benefits concerns, ideas and experiences by emailing info@nsun.org.uk (please put 'benefits' in the subject headline) or by ringing Roy on 0207 820 8982 in the office on Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.
 
Selected blogs
 
Tributes to Matt Stevenson, a regular contributor to Mad In America and a supporter of 'Drop the Disorder'. Matt's blog, BPD Transformation, told of the trauma he's suffered as a child and of the views he developed following involuntary hospitalisation. Matt sadly left us this September.
 
Robert Whitaker wrote 'In Memoriam' published on Mad In America
Gary Sidley and Jo Watson wrote 'Tribute to Matt' published on Drop the Disorder
 
 
non NSUN material in the e-bulletin
 
Below NSUN news, features which are not ran by us.

Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions you, please email the editor and the general info mailbox. Sharing is not endorsing
 
Mental Health Act debate
 
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Date: Wed 22 November 2017
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London
16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
 
Participants will express views (for and against) on the statement '‘This house believes that fundamental reform of the Mental Health Act is required to reduce discrimination and unnecessary detention’'
 
You can attend for free. Registration is open here
 
International peer support taining in November
early bird rate for this training expires on 5 October
International Peer Support
 
Dates: Nov 13 2017 - Fri Nov 17
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: The Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Road, London E8 3ND

Steven Morgan, Carol Jacques & Fiona Denton deliver this Core Training is a 5-day introduction to the IPS framework and is designed to have you practicing right away. In a highly interactive environment, participants learn the tasks and principles of IPS, examine assumptions about who they are, and explore ways to create mutual relationships in which power is negotiated, co-learning is possible, and support goes beyond traditional notions of “service.”
 
The fee is (sadly) very steep at £600 for early bird tieckets and £700 for regular places.
Registration is open here
 
Healthy Minds Calderdale: support groups & radio show
 
Healthy Minds Healthy Minds Support Groups are for anyone who is experiencing mental distress.  People are free to talk about their own mental health - or not: the support group gives space to make that choice.  The groups are informal and relaxed.  They are 'peer support' groups (meaning people get support from each other), not therapy groups, although, for some, they may have a therapeutic benefit.
 
Groups are generally held fortnightly in community venues across Calderdale.
 
For more information please take a look here
 
The Healthy Minds Radio Show is broadcast on the last Monday of every month from 9am on Phoenix Radio 96.7 FM & online.

Catch up with interviews on previous shows here.
 
Healthwatch Sheffield publish learning disabilities report 2017
 
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Healthwatch Sheffield chose Learning Disability as a priority area to focus on, and sought to explore the experience of those with a learning disability as they accessed doctors, opticians, chemists, hospital, and social care services.
 
The report contains:
    Executive summary
    Key findings
    Recommendations
    Background to the research
    Detailed findings
    Health care services
    Social care services
    Other question
 
You can download the pdf here
 
 
 
Three co-design workshops
 
Article Image Bidean and CW+ invite you to a series of three workshops to improve the mental health assessment room at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Bidean, a social enterprise that generates concepts to support well-being and recovery by co-designing with those who are experiencing mental distress is working in partnership with CW+ the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to involve people in enhancing the care environment.

No experience is necessary, if you are interested please contact sara@bidean.co.uk

The first workshop is on Friday 6th October at 2pm at SMART, 15 Gertrude St, Chelsea London SW10 0JN
 
MindTech mental health symposium: digital technology in practice
 
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Venue: Royal College of Physicians, London

This event aims to bring together leaders in clinical practice, patient experience, academic research, industry and technology development to address the key challenges in realising the potential of digital technologies in mental healthcare.

The symposium will include presentations from nationally recognised experts in the field of Mental Health & Technology, as well as demonstrations of technology and apps to support mental healthcare.
      
Registration for the event is open now and early bird booking rates apply until 27 October
 
for more information please visit this page
 
Hearing voices consultation workshops
 
Article ImageDo you hear voices, or support someone who does? Have you ever searched online in the hope of finding good quality information about voice-hearing and different support options?
 
Hearing the Voice at Durham University, in collaboration with Rai Waddingham, are running a series of consultation workshops and online survey to help develop a new web resource for people who hear voices and their supporters.
 
The workshops are running in Bradford (1-3pm, 5 October), London (2.30 -5pm, 6 October) and Newcastle (1-3pm, 12 October).
 
Register for workshops: http://tinyurl.com/htv-consultation (reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed).
 
PhD research - transition between Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services and Adult Mental Health Services
 
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Kate Massey-Chase is a researcher at the University of Exeter. Kate is designing a Drama project to support young people who are going through the transition from child to adult mental health services. 
She has some short surveys that will help with this project. The answers will be used anonymously (there is more information at the start of each questionnaire).
As you can see from below, Kate is looking for people to participate who have been service users, parents/carers of young people and professional who work in children’s and/or adults' mental health services.  
 
Service users' questionnaire
 
Parents/carers of young people who have been through this transition:
 
Professionals
 
If you have any questions, please contact Kate at km532@exeter.ac.uk
 
Mental health in the news
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Over 55s unlikely to be receive talking therapies say Mental Health today
 
Mental health walk 'out of darkness' takes place in Somerset
 
 
Other public services may have a lot to learn from Cinderella concludes a delegate inspired by IAPT connect
 
 
Elvis pays tribute at Barry Island to raise awareness of mental health
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GOV.UK news
 
World Alzheimer's Day:could we create a world without dementia?
Jeremy Hunt discusses what the UK is doing in the fight against dementia, and the importance of partnership.
 
Government extends suspension of minimum wage enforcement in the social care sector
Exceptional measures announced in July will remain in place until guidelines on a new approach are outlined next month.
 
New Deputy Chief Medical Officer appointed
The Department of Health has confirmed the appointment of Professor Jonathan Van-Tam as the new Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England.

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Mind...Moving in New Directions - Stephen Paul Bunce

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4-30 October 2017

In championing the positive effects that creativity can have on health and wellbeing, Artistsmeet are delighted to feature the work of Stephen Bunce, a resident of Three Rivers who came to work with Hertfordshire Mind, following an enforced stay at a mental health in patient unit in Radlett.

Left with nothing but a biro, Stephen continued to produce art work as a means of survival and a route to recovery. In the unit he met Mind staff who encouraged him on the ward and at discharge, to exhibit his work in order to inspire others.

Hugely influenced by the work of Francis Bacon, Stephen offers an insight and visual guide to the reasons behind his development with regard to knowing what he likes, needs and wants in order to successfully blend all three with the medium of ink

Stephen believes that the collapse after his psychological dilemma led him to experience pure insight and clarity, which has been the driving force to his latest work.

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Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm

Entry is free

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NSUN Bulletin 25th Sept 2017

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Monday 25 September 2017
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to this week's bulletin. We will be launching the new website this week so please bear with us. We will be updating content over the next month.
 
NSUN news
  
AGM in Sheffield on 27 september
The office will be closed on 27 September as the team will be talking to the membership at the annual general meeting (AGM). If you cannot join us there, you can still follow on twitter #NSUNAGM2017.
 
Creating a service user network response to benefit reforms
Roy Bard, a long-term campaigner on issues relating to welfare reforms and Mental Health is keen to hear about active campaigns against the welfare reforms within the NSUN network, any ideas that people might have for building campaigns to resist these draconian measures, and any personal experiences which our members have of claiming Universal Credit with a Mental Health issue.
Please contact Roy with your benefits concerns, ideas and experiences by emailing info@nsun.org.uk (please put 'benefits' in the subject headline) or by ringing Roy on 0207 820 8982 in the office on Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.
 
Selected blogs 
 
'Mental health is a myth' - by Bonnie Burstow, who launched the first anti-psychiatry scholarship
 
Learning disability and Human Rights - Helen Wildbore, Senior Human Rights Officer at the British Institute of Human Rights, shares learning from two major projects on how human rights can help improve mental health and mental capacity services, one working with practitioners and one working with advocacy and support groups
 
non NSUN material in the e-bulletin 
 
Below NSUN news, features which are not ran by us.

Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions you, please email the editor and the general info mailbox. Sharing is not endorsing
 
Together are looking for a peer support coordinator, criminal justice
  
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Together are currently developing peer support within our Liaison and Diversion services, and are looking to recruit a Peer Support Coordinator who has personal lived experience of the criminal justice system and of mental distress.
Lived experience of the criminal justice system may include, for example, experience of being arrested, being in police custody, prison, and would involve having a criminal record.
 
The Peer Support Coordinator will work with a team of Peer Supporters, service users, and staff, to develop and embed peer support within the service.
 
Salary:    £21,715 plus £3,630 geographical allowance per annum
Hours:    37.5 per week
Location: Old Street, EC1V 9BE
Deadline for applications: 5pm, 29 September

More information about the position can be found here
 
 
A new vision for mental health 
Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?
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A New Vision for Mental Health is an innovative website that seeks to answer this question by taking a critical, informed and constructive look at the current mental health system.

It explores ideas, insights and suggestions – from a wide range of individuals and organisations – that might, in time, lay the foundations for a new and quite different approach to mental healthcare.

A New Vision for Mental Health will create opportunities for service users, mental health professionals, trainees and students to engage actively in discussions, debates and events. And, over time, it is hoped that these contributions will comprise a growing resource bank, an expanding knowledge base, and a coherent framework for mental healthcare.
 
Just some of the subjects covered in A New Vision for Mental Health:
 
Daniel Fisher to speak at compassionate mental health event 
 
Article Image Daniel Fisher is a american psychiatrist with his own personal recovery story to share. As a young biochemist he experienced psychosis, was hospitalised several times and given a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

He is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, and is currently Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center.

Daniel is an international speaker, activist, trainer and researcher – passionate about promoting recovery for people labeled with mental illness.

Participation in the compassionate mental health conference

eCPR training: 2 and 3 October. eCPR is an approach Daniel took part in in creating.

Presentations: 4 and 5 October
 
For more information about the conference which takes place in West Wales, please visit the dedicated website.
 
Have you used digital therapies on the NHS? 
 
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Would you take part in a focus group to share your experience?
 
Date: 26 October
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Mind in Croydon
 
If you'd like to discuss this opportunity or get an application, please contact:
Zara Sumpton, Policy and Campaigns Assistant, Mental Health Services
020 8215 2223 z.sumpton@mind.org.uk
 
 
Funding from Comic Relief Local Communities programme 
 
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This 12 month programme is responding to the growing need of small locally led groups to cover their day to day costs. The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. Comic Relief know securing core funding can be tough and want to use this programme to help support those doing much needed work in their local communities.

Comic Relief wish to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across the UK. That is why they have developed this exciting programme to fund organisational costs only and NOT direct project delivery
 
Grant Size
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for organisations with an annual income of £100,000 or under in the last financial year.

Deadlines and Rounds
Round 1
Opens: 4 September 2017
Deadline for applications: 16th October 2017

Round 2
Opens: 15 January 2018
Deadline for applications: 26th February 2018

Round 3
Opens: 16 April 2018
Deadline for applications: 28th May
 
Downloads
please download and read all the following documents
Fund Guidelines
On line application guidelines
online application form 

Comic Relief cannot accept applications from the following Boroughs
City of London
Hackney
Newham and
Tower Hamlets

You need to contact your local Community Foundation.
 
Survey: commissioning for better outcomes 
 
Article Image This survey contains 17 questions and should take you around 15-20 minutes to complete.
 
It is aimed people involved in co-production who have some understanding of commissioning. If there are any questions you feel you are unable to answer please simply state this in the response and skip to the next question.
 
 The Local Government Association (LGA) are reviewing the Commissioning for Better Outcomes framework that was originally developed to support council  commissioners. They are planning to update it in the Autumn.
 
Your views are very important to make this a success.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cfbo
 
Person - centered care: is it happening? 
 
Article Image After two decades of policy promises, National Voices wanted to assess whether health and care services are delivering person-centred care.
 
This week, the organisation published Person-centred care in 2017. David Behen, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, welcomed the findings, saying that they highlight the need for better personalisation.
 
Further response to the report came from:
The Patients Association
Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
Healthwatch England
Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
NHS Confederation
Picker Institute


You can read the report
here, or download the Digital toolkit which has materials designed to be shared on social media, in newsletters and blogs
 
Survey: reasons why people choose to take anti-psychotic tablets 
(People given a diagnosis of schizophrenia / schizophrenia spectrum)
Article ImageA student who also works with Rethink invites you to take this survey.
 
From the student's communication with us, this is primarily for people who use Rethink services but not exclusively.
 
The student is looking at the reasons why people given these diagnoses choose to take their anti-psychotic tablets. Taking medication can help people to stay well. Through understanding the reasons why people choose to take medication then the way services support people can be improved.
 
This survey should not take you more than 10 - 15 mins to complete. Please take a look here
 
World Mental Health Day champions event in MIddlesborough 
Free Time to Change & Champions event
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Theme: men & mental health stigma
All welcome- individuals, groups, organisations, employers, colleges.
Refreshments & afternoon tea provided!
 
Friday 20 October
1-4pm
The Resource Centre, Meath Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 4RY
 
· Find out what is happening @ Time to Change
· Share what you are doing to challenge stigma
· Network & meet like-minded people
· Share campaigning ideas
 
Booking Essential. To book your place please contact: a.slater@time-to-change.org.uk
Free parking on site.
Travel expenses up to £15 available for Champions & people attending not in a paid capacity. Travel receipts required for reimbursement.
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GOV.UK news 
 
NHS Commissioning, the changes, the future
Commissioning was introduced into the NHS in the early 1990s, when reforms separated the purchasing of services from their delivery, creating an ‘internal market’. It was argued that making providers compete for resources would encourage greater efficiency, responsiveness, and innovation.
 
The Kings Fund have put together information concerning:
NHS England consultation - specialised gender identity services
NHS England has launched a 12 week consultation on specialised gender identity services for adults (17 and above). The consultation is open until 16 October 2017. For more information, see https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/gender-identity-services-for-adults/ 
 
CQC has published 'Equally Outstanding', a resource on how a human rights and equality approach can improve the quality of health and care. The full document is available here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/publications/equality-human-rights-good-practice-resource

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New community space in Hatfield for hire and needing donations of furniture

The Opera Players have been fortunate enough to be given full access to a large, unused first-floor space in Hatfield for charitable use. They have called it The Hatfield Hub. http://www.operaplayers.co.uk/the-hatfield-hub/

As an arts organisation, they will be running a range of workshops and productions there, but since there are a number of separate spaces there, the best use can be made by offering it to voluntary organisations and charities in the Welwyn Hatfield area. It can also be used for teaching, rehearsals and events, either regular or incidental. There is 24-hour access, with a lift, so it can even be used for storage (e.g. stage sets and props).

The intention is not to make money out of this, but there will be some small ongoing costs. Approaches from organisations will be considered on an individual basis and a small charge may be made for use of the space. It is also possible that they will ask only for a donation, or even make no charge at all.

Please contact Robin on rpg@operaplayers.co.uk if you would like more details about this.

Hatfield Connect are looking for donations of the following for their large community space in Hatfield:

  • A sturdy vacuum cleaner
  • Other cleaning materials and waste bags
  • A small under counter fridge for Kitchen A
  • A quotation to install a shower in the disabled toilet
  • Office chairs
  • Tables/desks
  • Armchairs/sofas/beanbags
  • Researching cheap but good options for wireless internet installation
  • Kitchenware
  • Microwave or combi ovens

Please contact Robin on rpg@operaplayers.co.uk to discuss.

NSUN Bulletin 18th Sept 2017

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Monday 18 September 2017
 
 
Meet the London co-ordinator
 
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Hi! I’m Raza Griffiths, and I'll be supporting the London networking here at NSUN. Some of you may remember me from previous work on the 4PI involvement standards at NSUN.
 
My role involves connecting service user/survivor groups better and strengthen our collective capacity and voice in influencing policy and practice. My work will particularly focus on issues of multiple marginalisation on grounds of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and refugee or asylum seeker status as well as mental health status.
 
I will also be promoting the Kindred Minds BME mental health service user led Manifesto, which identifies the changes needed to policies and practices to improve BME mental health. I wrote the Manifesto in a previous role after extensive consultations with BME service users in Southwark, London. The Manifesto is the first of its kind as far as I am aware, that has been written by and for BME mental health service users. Here is a link to the Kindred Minds facebook page
 
In my work so far, I have met with Southwark Council and Clinical Commissioning Group members to reflect on how the Kindred Minds Manifesto could contribute to the Draft Southwark Joint Mental Health Strategy – an early example of how the Kindred Minds Manifesto can be put to practical use (N.B this consultation is officially now over but there may be further opportunities to get your voice heard if you are a Southwark resident).
 
I have also met Black Thrive London – a programme that aims to improve BME mental health in Lambeth, London - to discuss the possibility of NSUN potentially training/supporting BME service users to get involved in this initiative. Black Thrive builds on the Lambeth Black Mental Health Commission work.
 
I also met with the Greater London Authority to discuss how BME groups could contribute to London Thrive. I was clear in giving honest feedback to London Thrive that the format of their proposed consultations needed to be made more relevant to the concerns of BME service users – I am still waiting for a response from London Thrive.
In the course of my networking, from Dalston in the north and Forest Hill in the south to Bow in the East End, I recruited 20 new members. One of them was Mona Topaz, also a member of Disabled People Against the Cuts . She spoke about how DPAC could potentially work with NSUN in the future around the ongoing benefits cuts.
 
Do contact me if you’d like to speak with me.
 
 
Creating a service user network wide response to benefits reforms
 
Roy Bard, a long-term campaigner on issues relating to welfare reforms and Mental Health is keen to hear about active campaigns against the welfare reforms within the NSUN network, any ideas that people might have for building campaigns to resist these draconian measures, and any personal experiences which our members have of claiming Universal Credit with a Mental Health issue. Please contact Roy with your benefits concerns, ideas and experiences by emailing info@nsun.org.uk (please put 'benefits' in the subject headline) or by ringing Roy on 0207 820 8982 in the office on Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.
 
Selected blogs
 
'Mental health is a myth' - by Bonnie Burstow, who launched the first anti-psychiatry scholarship
 
Learning disability and Human Rights - Helen Wildbore, Senior Human Rights Officer at the British Institute of Human Rights, shares learning from two major projects on how human rights can help improve mental health and mental capacity services, one working with practitioners and one working with advocacy and support groups
 
non NSUN material in the e-bulletin
 
Below NSUN news, features which are not ran by us.

Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions you, please email the editor and the general info mailbox. Sharing is not endorsing
 
African and caribbean family history day
 
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Get help researching your African and Caribbean ancestors and find out more about African and Caribbean heritage in London’s East End at this free family history event, run in partnership with the Tony Cheeseman Foundation. A variety of talks will take place throughout the day and visitors will have the chance to browse a number of stalls and displays. A full programme will be announced shortly – check the organiser's website for further details. No booking required, just drop in.
 
Time       10.30am-4.00pm
Venue     Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives 277 Bancroft Road, London, E1 4DQ
Tel           020 7364 1290
Web        www.ideastore.co.uk
 
NHS commits to better care for expectant and new mothers’ serious mental ill-health
 
Last week, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens announced that NHS Trusts set to deliver more personalised care will include four new Mother and Baby Units, which will allow women to stay with their babies while receiving the specialist care they need.
 
As many as one in five women experience mental ill health during pregnancy or in the year after birth, covering a wide range of conditions including severe depression, anxiety and in some cases postpartum psychosis, affecting around two in every 1000 new mothers and strongly associated with maternal suicide. These new units will provide in-patient support for women and their babies with the most complex and severe needs who require hospital care, who are experiencing severe mental health crisis including very serious conditions like post-partum psychosis.
 
There are currently fifteen dedicated mother and baby units, the four new eight-bedded units will allow more women to receive treatment with their babies. Areas will also receive a share of £15 million capital funding to support this ambitious development. NHS England is also increasing bed numbers in the existing units, which will expand capacity by 49 per cent by the end of 2018/19.
 
Making sense of social prescribing
Reelease by the Social Prescribing Network
Article Image This extensive document will act as a guide to new commissioners and existing professionals who are active in the social prescribing field. It has been co-produced by a group of people already involved in social prescribing and covers a range of subjects, including different models, risk management and governance, commissioning and evaluation checklists and making good quality referrals.
 
You can download this interactive version which allows you to click on web addresses to take you through to the resources you need, or you can download a print version..
 
International institude for psychiatric drug withdrawal
 
Article Image The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW) was created to respond to a glaring need in mental health: to develop ways for helping people withdraw from psychiatric drugs.
 
The mission of the institute is to bring together practice-based knowledge and research data to fill in this gap. The goal is to gather such knowledge and disseminate it to patients, family members, professional helpers, professional organizations, and throughout society.
 
Mental Illness: What is it? And why is it so prevalent today?
with Jonny Benjamin MBE, Neil Laybourn and Charlotte Reed.
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Hear the inspiring story featured on Channel 4 ‘Man on the Bridge’. Jonny Benjamin was ready to throw himself off London Bridge, the mental pain had become too much. A stranger, Neil Laybourn, passing by talked him out of it. Then the 7 year journey to find each other has led to a remarkable bond between these 2 inspiring young men.

Charlotte Reed was hit by depression at a young age. She found healing in drawing and illustrations. She self-published a book to help others struggling with their mental health and began selling it at Portobello Market. A passer-by, high up in the publishing world, was so impressed she was offered a book deal. Her story is now being made into a Hollywood movie and she still sells her book in the market.
 
Date: 1 Oct 2017
Time: 11am - 12:15pm
Venue: The Tabernacle 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road London W11 2AY
Booking: please visit here
the event is free
 
North Tyneside World Mental Health Day (WMHD) Celebration Event
 
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This free event is organised by a collaborative partnership involving a variety of mental health organisations, including mental health providers and service users across North Tyneside.
 
This year’s local theme for WMHD is ‘Survive, Thrive, Be Alive’, inspired by the Maya Angelou quote “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”
 
There will be creative and interactive activities, including art, music, laughter yoga and poetry. There will be presentations by the Samaritans, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, a Community Treatment Team, Northumberland and Tyneside Mind, North Tyneside Recovery College, Age UK and Key Enterprises, among others.
 
The event will be a fun and informative day for anyone with an interest in Mental Health. Whether you can make all or part of the day, we hope you can join us at Cullercoats Crescent Club – there is no need to book and a buffet lunch is provided.
 
Date: 6 October
Time: 10.45 am (for an 11.00 am start) to 5.00 pm
Venue: Cullercoats Crescent Club, Victoria Crescent, Cullercoats, NE30 4PN
 
For more information contact Beth Williams from Launchpad North Tyneside
 
Is my diagnosis R/WHITE conference
 
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Date: 25 October
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: Collaborating Centre for Values based Practice in Health and Social Care
St Catherine’s College, Oxford Manor Road. 0X1 3UJ.

To  examine  the  power  and  relevance  of  whiteness  as  a  lived  experience  in  terms  of
values, actions   and   behaviours for mental   health   survivors,   practitioners   and researchers across  the  colour  line working  to  improve  coproduction  in diagnosis, research and race. 
 
For more information and a contact name, please take a look at th flyer here. the event is free
 
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New bill to improve patient safety
Proposals will give the Health Service Safety Investigations Body power to investigate serious patient safety incidents. Read more here
 
Health Secretary challenges NHS to deliver digital services nationwide
Every patient in England should be able access their medical records and book an appointment with a GP via an app by the end of 2018, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. Read more here
 
Open consultation: expanding performance assessments of providers regulated by CQC
This consultation is targeted at providers of health and social care services registered with CQC. It seeks your views as to whether it is appropriate for CQC to extend performance assessment and ratings to include independent community health services and independent doctors.
The consultation closes on 11:59pm on 6 November.
For more information, please visit this page

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NSUN Bulletin 11th Sept 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 11th September 2017
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Monday 11th September 2017
 
 
Dear Viewpoint
 
We are in the process of updating our digital systems. These include our e-bulletin maker. This edition is a test run!
 
Due to a few technical glitches not all our members were receiving our weekly ebulletin..
 
As we have no way of knowing exactly who was not getting their weekly email we are sending this new edition to all members who have provided us with an email address.
 
If you have previously unsubscribed please accept our apologies and inconvenience of having to unsuscribe again if uyou choose to so. 
 
Do remember to check your junk folder and add NSUN to your safe senders list.
 
Please let us know if you'd rather be taken off the recipient .
 
Using a human rights approach 
 
NSUN's Managing Director, Sarah Yiannoullou writes about how working with the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has increased our understanding and confidence in how we communicate and assert our rights. Read the full blog post here: Using a human rights approach.
 
Non NSUN materials 
Below NSUN news, features which are not ran by us.
Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions you, please email the editor and the general info mailbox. Sharing is not endorsing
 
Creating a service user network wide response to benefits reforms 
 
Roy Bard, a long-term campaigner on issues relating to welfare reforms and Mental Health is keen to hear about active campaigns against the welfare reforms within the NSUN network, any ideas that people might have for building campaigns to resist these draconian measures, and any personal experiences which our members have of claiming Universal Credit with a Mental Health issue. Please contact Roy with your benefits concerns, ideas and experiences by emailing info@nsun.org.uk (please put 'benefits' in the subject headline) or by ringing Roy on 0207 820 8982 in the office on Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.
 
Celebrate Robert Dellar in London
  
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Mental health activist Robert Dellar sadly left us in December 2016.
This is a full afternoon event to celebrate Robert, his views, his influence on the mental health movement and his keen sense of community.
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Date:Sunday 24th September 2017
Time: 12pm - 12am
Venue: Amersham Arms, London SE14 6TY.
 
There is a range of ticket prices. Please visit the booking page.
 
When Harry met Vittoria! 
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Vittoria De Meo shares her experience of meeting the Princes last week
 
Last Tuesday, the 5th of September Prince William and Prince Harry went to visit the Al-Manaar Heritage Cultural Centre in North Kensington.
For the second time I had the privilege to work with the amazing charity Hear Women Foundation, delivering my workshop at the Al Manaar.
'The Happiness Corner' workshop offers a unique approach to building resilience through the use of peer support and other inspirational techniques.
Prince Harry came inside the room where we were holding the session and started chatting to our group. He was interested to hear that I'm Italian, a Buddhist and my paasion to help everyone feel revitalised and filled with hope.
He then cut a cake with me, the outreach coordinator from the Al-Manar and the manager from Hear Women Foundation.
It was just an amazing experience!
 
 
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Concerns for service user needs in Manchester 
 
Manchester Users Network (MUN) says: 'Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust are now divesting the group therapies at Harpurhey  Wellbeing Centre,  ignoring statutory guidance planned to take half the centre away from long term, patients with severe & enduring mental illness.

The Trust did not engage with service users till MUN called a meeting on the 9th August 2017. Generally service Users disagreed with the plans, which takes away half the Centre from the service users also using the group therapies also are Physically disabled and members of the public (mainly elderly). The Trust and the local Authority did not advertise or give information to would be service users about the therapies'.

MUN have come up with a plan of their own, called Servuice User Needs. If you'd like more information, please get in touch with vice chair Alan Hartman by manchesterusersnetwork@hotmail.co.uk
 
Right people, right questions 
Survey for young people
 
Amy Peabody is a researcher at the McPin Foundation.
 Amy is reaching out to promote an important national survey into young people’s mental health called the ‘Right People, Right Questions’.
If you are 11 - 25, please take a look here - the questionnaire should take only 10 minutes to complete.
 
Amy would be happy to answer any questions on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Tel 020 7922 7877 or amypeabody@mcpin.org
 
Peerfest 2017 
This year Peerfest comes to Bristol
 
Peerfest is a national annual event celebrating the importance, power and diversity of peer support
 
Date: 9 October
Time: 1am to 11.30pm
Venue: Bristol Science Centre Anchor Rd Hsarbourside BS1 5DB. It is free to attend.

For more info and to register, please take a look at this page.
 
RBUF are now Voices for All 
 
Rochadale based user-led charity RBF have changed their name to Voices for All. The website and forums remain unchanged and you can still look up the calendar of events here.
 
The peer led groups have individualised posters, still downloadable from this page.
 
Please contact Voices for All if you have any questions
 
Survivors History Group meeting   
 
Date: 27th September 2017
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Venue: Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU
 
The group will discuss the history and future of Welfare and
participation - based on Peter Beresford's book All Our Welfare.
 
Also...did you know Philip Morgan?
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  • Did you know, work or train with Philip?
  • Was he a member of your organisation?
  • Do you know of a publication that Philip appears in, or has made a contribution to?
If so, the Survivors History Group would love to hear from you, as they are collating Philip´s life contributions for a planned memorial. Please contact Philip´s family, friends and colleagues: PhilipMorganMEM@gmail.com.
 
Black Thrive offer: 60 free tickets for emotive play 
 
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Black Thrive, a partnership for Black wellbeing which is supported by Healthwatch Lambeth, has teamed up with a theatre company Know My Mind to offer our supporters 60 FREE tickets to “So U Think I’m CraZy?”.
 
Date: Wednesday 20 September  or Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm
Time: 7.30pm
 
There will be a special Black Thrive Panel Q&A after the performance on 20 September
 
Reserve your tickets: Email Kiera Gayle, Black Thrive Administrator Kiera.Gayle@healthwatchlambeth.org.uk or tel: 020 7274 8522.
 
The Yellow Book - specialised editions 
 
Article ImageThe Yellow Book, which offers a collection of poetry and visual artworks on the theme 'with good mental health, I am...', is now being produced in the form of specialised editions: one for colleges, one for prisons, one for the NHS. 
HMP Leicester are to become the 1st Prison to create their own personalised yellow book. Prisoners & Staff will be creatively expressing wellbeing in the form of art, poetry and photography over the coming months with the book being published in 2018.
 
After a fantastic launch at New Walk Gallery & Museum for all 30 winners in the 1st NHS Yellow Book. The LPT Yellow Book created with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is now available to view online here.
 
10,000 soft back copies are currently being distributed for FREE. To order your FREE copies/boxes please email: communications@leicspart.nhs.uk
 
 
Thesis compares leprosy and 'madness' in medieval thinking 
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A specialist in history has produced a thesis which compares attitudes to leprosy and 'madness' in medieval society.
 
Whilst both leprosy and 'madness' were associated with sin, lepers were persecuted whilst 'the fluid concept of madness produced the more individual identity of the mad person, which was less susceptible to the collective actions of persecution.'
 
For free access to the thesis please click here.
 
The Davina Hour: mental health 
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Davina McCall and guests discuss life's challenges in a series of one-hour sessions. Tonight at 9pm, they will focus on mental health.
 
For more information please take a look at the promotional '#video bite' here.
 
(2) The Davina Hour | Mental Health | W - YouTube
The Davina Hour,
Date: Monday 11th September
Time: 9pm
On, W, Sky 245, Virgin 125, BT/TalkTalk 311
 
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Survey: Redesign of Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Services in Herts

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Hertfordshire County Council is reviewing its substance misuse treatment services for both young people and adults for 2019 and beyond. We want to ensure that, together, we effectively prevent and reduce harm related to drugs and alcohol.

Have your say on our ideas for the future through a short survey. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and closes on 18th October 2017.

The survey can be completed via this link https://surveys.hertfordshire.gov.uk/s/drugandalcoholservice/

HPFT RECOVERY WEEK: FROM 9 OCTOBER 2017

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This year Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) would like to bring its Recovery Conference experience closer to our services users and carers and will be holding events in Watford, Stevenage, Bishops Stortford and Hatfield during the week of 9 October 2017.

The theme for 2017 is focused on ‘Personal Development for all and Making Decisions Together’ and we hope to promote the support that's available within the local community; engage people using local services, and carers, in the process of developing that support further, and empower them to truly co-produce their Recovery.  

We are particularly keen to encourage attendance from people with lived experiences; whether that is from directly using of services or as a carer, as well as a range of professionals.  We are encouraging people to attend the event at their closest location.  We are planning to offer free return transport for service users or carers, depending on the level of demand.

Register your place online now or call us on 01727 804016

Niland Conference Centre, Watford – Mon 9 October (10.30-3.30)

www.recoveryconference-watford.eventbrite.co.uk

Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishops Stortford – Tues 10 October (10.30-3.30)

www.recoveryconference-bishopsstortford.eventbrite.co.uk

Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage – Wed 11October (10.30-3.30)

www.recoveryconference-stevenage.eventbrite.co.uk

The Colonnades, Hatfield – Thurs 12 October (6.00-9.00pm)

www.recoveryconference-hatfield.eventbrite.co.uk

Viewpoint at Herts Pride 2017

Viewpoint had a stand at this year's Herts Pride festival.

As well as giving our information about Viewpoint, we gave out information on keeping well, a mindfulness CD, LGBT* and mental Health and Drug and Alcohol services in Hertfordshire.

The day was really positive. We were welcomed with smiles, rainbow face paint, stickers and positive affirmation cards and a great day was had networking and talking to participants at the festival.

We also managed to see a few of the acts and there was some fantastic singers including Kane Coxhall, a Dolly Parton sound alike and many other great acts / singers!

Fantastic - see you all next year!

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