A partnership of voluntary organisations working across sectors, the WMHN aims to provide a user-led, campaigning platform to give women with mental health needs a voice, and drive forward change.
The network’s focus is to improve women’s experience of using statutory services in a range of settings, such as hospitals, prisons, drugs and alcohol, housing, social services, by influencing them to become more gender-specific.
We are currently consulting with women who have experience of the mental health and/or criminal justice system, to find out what changes in service provision they would like to see.
Please complete the survey to help shape the network.
If you would like this questionnaire to be sent to you in a different format or language please email email@example.com.
Let's Talk exhibition
A photo series created by photographer Charlie Clift and artist Kate Forrester aims to make mental health issues visible.
Let’s Talk is a project dedicated to visualising what’s going on inside someone’s mind, featuring people who have struggled with their mental health with their inner thoughts painted across their face.
The pictures will be shown to the public in Guildhall Yard, London, from 12 May to 22 May
Read more here and visit the Let's Talk campaign page here.
In the news
Can going to therapy become as straightforward as going to the gym? At Self Space, Jodie Cariss offers flexibility, online bookings and the chance to change therapist mid-treatment. But does it work? Stuart Jeffries tries it out.
Feature: My working week -'A woman wants to die. As a social worker, I help her see that life matters'. My job as a mental health social worker involves supporting people in crisis and advocating for others
UWE Bristol students 'sought help' before deaths. A report into the death of 14 students who had taken their own lives found eight had already sought help for mental health issues. The University of the West of England (UWE) report stated the deaths were mostly among white male students whose average age was 21. Read the full story here.
Judges given new sentencing guidance for criminals with mental illnesses and learning difficulties. Criminals with mental illnesses and learning difficulties are to be sentenced according to new guidelines aiming to determine their level of responsibility for offences. Campaigners hailed a “big step” towards consistency in courts across England and Wales, but magistrates warned of a “lack of appropriate options” outside of imprisonment. Read more here.
Postcode lottery on children's mental health services: A study by the Children’s Commissioner has found that spending on child mental health services has fallen in more than a third of areas in England.The report revealed that while spending on services, such as school counsellors and drop-in centres, had risen by 17 per cent overall, the rise only occurred in certain local areas. Read the full story here.
Disability News Service
Autistic authors’ guide maps out route to quality care. A new guide – written solely by autistic people – aims to show care providers, commissioners and inspectors how to provide “quality care” for other autistic people. An Independent Guide to Quality Care for Autistic People has been written by members of the National Autistic Taskforce (NAT) and has a “heavy emphasis” on developing choice and control for service-users.
Read the full article here.
The mother of Jodie Whitling, the disabled woman who took her own life after repeated safeguarding failings by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has branded DWP’s response, published last week, to the parliamentary petition set up in her daughter’s name “a joke”. Read the full article here
Dates for your calendar
29 April in London: one day course on the impact of welfare reforms - For more information and to book a place please call 020 7354 6433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
03 May in York: 'A Disorder for Everyone!' - book your place please click here
12 May internationally: Emerging Proud Day - Click here for more information
13-19 May Mental Health Awareness Week Download the resources pack and add your own event to the activity map, please click here.
03 June in London Creative Strategies for Peer support Engagement interactive workshop. Click here for more information.
08 June in Manchester: Extreme experiences - mental illnesses or danger gifts?
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
This is an ISPS UK event in association with Asylum Magazine and CCrAMHP
17 June in London: I is for insult, questionning ''borderline personality disorder'' - for more information please click here
01 to 05 July in England: National Co-production Week - For more information please click here
14 to 16 July in Norfolk: Sacred Space Weekend Retreat for mental health professionals with lived experience - Limited spaces; Shared Room: £249, Single Room £299, Fully inclusive of all meals - Email Katie at: firstname.lastname@example.org - Find out more about the outstanding retreat venue in the beautiful Norfolk Broads here.
3-5 September in Nottingham: Refocus on Recovery recovery research conference. Alison Faulkner and David Crepaz-Keay will be keynote speakers. You can see the full list of speakers here. Register here.
Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan - events
NHS England and NHS Improvement are running two national events aimed at people who work in and use NHS services. Participants will hear directly from NHS leaders about the proposals and how they aim to improve the planning and delivery of care. There will also be group discussions so that people can explore the plans in more detail.
London: 3 April 2019
Leeds: 16 April 2019.
If you are interested in attending please email email@example.com to find out how to book a place.
The NHS Long Term Plan included suggested legislative changes to help implement the Plan faster and more effectively. These are set out in further details and now NHS staff, partner organisations and interested members of the public have the opportunity to give their views on our proposals.
You can read more information about the proposals on the NHS Long Term Plan website and then complete an online survey to share your views. The deadline for responses is 25th April 2019.
New Youth Charter to support young people across the country
The Youth Charter will reaffirm Government’s commitment to helping young people succeed and the Minister for Sport and Civil Society will work with sector to develop this work.
'The charter will reaffirm Government’s commitment to give young people a strong voice on the issues they care about such as combating serious violence and knife crime, addressing mental and physical health challenges and concerns about the environment and climate change.'
Read more here.
New projects to strengthen families and keep children out of care
£84m for projects that support families, marking 30th anniversary of the Children Act
Mental health and wellbeing support for NHS staff: government pledges overhaul
Plans to give staff immediate access to dedicated mental health support will be considered as part of the upcoming workforce implementation plan.
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