NSUN 22nd May 2017

Spot the Signs Newsletter May 2017

Welcome to the first Spot the Signs and Save a Life suicide prevention campaign newsletter.

There's information about the NEW Suicide Prevention Training dates for 2017 and about professional training for GPs and other organisations.

We have a new website and our Twitter account keeps growing with more than 100 new followers in April alone. Follow @SpotSignSuicide to join the conversation.

There's a summary of the fabulous work Spot the Signs did for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 and finally, there is a Latest Headlines of the latest suicide prevention stories, programmes and campaigns.

We will continue to build a stronger campaign throughout 2017 with new resources, training GPs, public and private sector employees, raising awareness and removing the stigma of suicide. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Click here to view the full newsletter.

NSUN 15th May 2017

Surviving or thriving? : Mental Health Awareness week 8-14th May 2017

This week we’ll be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This year the theme is 'Surviving or Thriving'. Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health issue. The focus of the week is to look at mental health from a new angle – rather than asking why so many people are living with mental health issues, the aim is to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. We’re pleased to be supporting this initiative, and we wanted to share with you how you can get involved.

Throughout the week we’ll be sharing news and updates to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week. Look out for:

• A live Facebook video Q&A with Director of Finance and HR, Bernice Cole, on her top tips on thriving workplace wellbeing. Join the session here on Friday 12th May 1pm

• A series of short videos sharing top tips from the head office team on how we manage our own self care

• Our CEO Poppy Jaman will be blogging on the week’s theme ‘Surviving and Thriving’ and sharing some insights on her personal approach to resilience

• Caroline Hounsell, Director of Product Development, Partnerships and Training, will be giving us her top five tips for thriving mental wellbeing

Photos of our activities in Head Office marking Mental Health Awareness Week

All of these updates and more will be shared on our social media profiles.


Twitter #MentalHealthFirstAid


We’ve recently launched our social media toolkit. It’s filled with digital assets that you can use on social media or in your email signature to show your ongoing support for Mental Health First Aid.

You can also access a range of assets on the Mental Health Foundation website – you can join in the social media ‘thunderclap’, find out what’s happening in your area or download online and offline resources to help you celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week.

We love to hear your updates! Tag us in your posts on social media throughout the week so we can share how the Mental Health First Aid community is helping to raise awareness of mental wellbeing.

If you’d like to get more involved in future awareness campaigns, please do send us an email on media@mhfaengland.org to find out more.






NSUN bulletin 8th May 2017

NSUN 2nd May 2017

Hertfordshire Health and Community Commissioning Bulletin

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Please click here to view the full bulletin or for further information on any of the topics below.

New Leaf Wellbeing College
The college offers a range of free educational courses to help you take better control of your wellbeing, learn some practical skills and provide an opportunity for reflection. It is recognised that people are expert in their own wellbeing and recovery. People who have overcome life challenges help to design and deliver our courses. The courses help to increase knowledge and skills and promote self-management.

Listening, Developing, Transforming: Communities Together
The Community Wellbeing Team has been facilitating meaningful conversations in local communities across Hertfordshire. The aim of community conversations is to bring together key influencers that contribute to the health and wellbeing of their local population.  Discussing the future of community services in the health and social care landscape, our events have explored potential solutions which include local communities taking ownership and making commitments to realistic action in order to bring about sustainable change.  
Events have already taken place at North Herts, St Albans, Broxbourne &  Dacorum. With future events to take place at Welwyn Hatfield (27/4/17), Stevenage (2/5/17), East Herts (11/5/17), Watford (25/5/17), Three Rivers (26/5/17) and Hertsmere (TBC). Should you require any more information about these future events please contact Michael.Longfellow@hertfordshire.gov.uk or Tracy.Webber@Hertfordshire.gov.uk

Mindful Living with Cancer
Living with cancer can be one of the most challenging life events. This programme is designed to help you navigate the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the journey with greater ease, courage and acceptance. You will leave with practical tools and practises that empower you to live well in the midst of change and uncertainty

Rural Health Conference: 12th May 2017
Public Health England are holding a Rural Health Conference: Identifying the Problems and Finding the Solutions occurring on Friday the 12th of May. 
The event is a free full-day conference to explore rural health issues across the region and to identify actions and solutions to improve health outcomes for our rural communities.
The event is aimed at system leaders in the NHS, local authorities, health education, and the voluntary and community sector with an interest in understanding and meeting the needs of our rural communities.
If you are interested in attending, please register at the following link on the NHS England Events page: https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/1114/rural-health-conference

Please direct any questions or queries regarding the conference to Indu Rajasekar (indu.rajasekar@nhs.net).

Between the Ears Deaf Awareness Communication Tactics

What is Between the Ears Project?

Between the Ears Project aims to provide opportunities for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or experiencing hearing loss to meet and enjoy creative activities in a stress-free environment while also building confidence to pursue personal goals and be sign-posted for ongoing support for their condition. Come and meet new people in a friendly environment!

Upcoming groups:

-Deaf Awareness Communication Tactics (For the professionals) Dates: 6th or 23rd May 17 Time: 4pm - 6.30pm Venue: Ludwick Family Centre, Hall Grove, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 4PH Email: enquiries@talk-in-herts-counselling.co.uk

-Managing Your Hearing Loss Dates: Saturday, 6th May 2017 Time: 10.30am-1pm (including light lunch) Venue: Wellfield Road, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0DA Email: Office@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk or enquiry, Moreen@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk

-Finale Dates: Wednesday, 24th May 17 Time: 6pm-8.30pm Venue: United Reform Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6PS Email: Office@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk

All groups are free, however booking is essential

General enquiries about the project, please contact us on email: Office@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk

Please click here to view the timetable for future (and past) events.

NSUN 24th April 2017

NSUN 18th April 2017

New Leaf 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' Course

Our ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ course runs in Stevenage in the evenings starting 26th April. Book your FREE space now before all the spaces are taken!

Five Ways to Wellbeing - The Healthy Hub, Lytton Way, Stevenage

Mental health should be everyone's business and this course gives practical ideas of how to connect with others; keep learning; take notice and give back. The course helps build on the things you already do and learn new skills. 

This course encourages you to plan ahead and take control of the ups and downs of daily living. 

The course runs in four parts:

26th April
3rd May
10th May
17th May

It will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

To book on this course or any of the FREE courses call 01442 864966 or visit www.newleafcollege.co.uk

New Leaf College needs you!

New Leaf provides a modern, effective education approach to people self-managing their wellbeing within Hertfordshire.  The college is based on recovery approaches of belief of individual strength, co-production and self-management.   
Co-production makes sure people with lived experience are equal partners in the college and course development.
We need to make sure all aspects of the college are accessible to all students and potential students.  We need to carry out an audit looking at the courses, venues, teaching style and college administration. We would welcome your help.
It will probably involve some travel.

You will be asked to read, comment and contribute to various papers and make sure the college achieves its objectives.  We particularly welcome interest from existing students. Contact:  Irma.mullins@hpft.nhs.ukor 07342 073731

(New Leaf is provided by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Druglink Ltd. The college has a multi-agency Curriculum Board which includes people with experience of mental health and physical health conditions, health & social care organisations and third sector organisations. The board works co-productively to provide the best educational opportunities for you to learn about your wellbeing.)

NSUN bulletin 10th April 2017

NSUN bulletin 3rd April 2017