Archive for September, 2009

Feeling Good is the theme for a fun packed event at Heath Park Lodge, Thatto Heath on Wednesday 7th October. Visitors to this free Feel Good event will enjoy belly dancers, Elvis, break dancing, Tai Chi, crafts, and pamper sessions, as well as entry into a free raffle and lots more.

St.Helens Mind, the Social Inclusion Team, Making Space and The Coalition of Disabled People are hosting the event to celebrate wellness as part of World Mental Health Week.

Heath Park Lodge is a mental health resource centre on Thatto Heath Road, just behind the Police Station. The Partners there work together to promote positive mental health to groups and individuals in St.Helens.

St.Helens Mayor Cllr. Terry Shields will open the event at 12.30 and it will end at 7.30pm with a hot pot supper and a performance by Irish Band, Roisin Dubh.

For more information call Gill Ellison on 01744 677058.


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The standing conference is now called Collective Voice NW. The next event will take place on Monday October 12th from 10am to 4pm in Manchester. Anyone wanting to attend should contact the conference admin team on 01704 511013 or 511018 or email collectivevoice@rethink.org

This is an opportunity for service users and carers in the North West to contribute their views and ideas to improve mental health services. This event will look at ways of combating mental health stigma and discrimination as well as discussing key topics identified at the previous conference. Receipted travel expenses will be paid – expenses up to £20 cash can be paid on the day.

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Time to Change

The Health Improvement Team have organised a library ‘road show’ taking time to change information around all the libraries. Time to change is the national project to reduce the stigma and discrimination about mental health problems.

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Several people have said that payments for involvement may clash with their benefits.

5 Boroughs have made arrangements for everyone to get individual advice which covers benefits and tax, before they start to do any involvement work for the Trust. The rules are complicated – different benefits allow you to earn different amounts. They will advise you so that you will not lose benefits by taking part in the scheme.

If you are still worried, please do talk to Bernadette Fitzpatrick, the Involvement Scheme Coordinator

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Lighthouse project

Many people will be aware that the Lighthouse project has ceased trading. We are reassured that the PCT has made alternative arrangements to ensure that people can continue to access services. All people who used their service, should receive written information about temporary arrangements. The arrangements are under regular review.

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This two day conference will be held in November 2009.

It will explore not just ways of recovering from mental health difficulties but how to move on in your life and thrive.

Flyer for the event can be found here.

Several people from St Helens will be attending.

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September 15th meeting

The speaker for our meeting on Tuesday will be our new Forum Development worker, Peter Cowley. Peter will tell us about his first impressions of St Helens and the Forum and we will discuss his priorities for the months ahead.

If you can’t attend the Forum meeting, do let us know your views either by email or commenting on this site.

What do you want from the Forum? What should we be doing?

The meeting is 12.30 refreshments for a 1-3pm meeting. At the usual venue – United Reformed Church, King St, St Helens.

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