Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

One year of our forum development worker

We celebrated Peter’s first year with an informal meeting with cake.

News from the self help groups

  • Tony told us about a couple of groups meeting in Earlestown and Newton – meetings are open to all and they welcome new members –
  • Earlestown social group meets at the Crownway Centre – Tuesdays 1-3pm and Thursdays 2-4pm. Contact CDP for more information
  • Newton men’s group meets on Fridays at Martin Avenue. Contact Mind for more information.

  • The Oasis group meets every Monday at the United Reformed Church – contact Together for more details or just drop in – all welcome.

Art exhibition for World Mental Health Day
  • See the attached flyer.
  • Please do enter a piece in the exhibition – it can be a photograph or embroidery as well as a painting or drawing. Entry is free and we are aiming to display all work.

Arts in Prescot

  • The Forum Development Worker, Peter, told us about his involvement with the arts festival held in Prescot. Do speak to him for more information about events in Prescot.

Carers meeting

  • John Edwards from 5 Boroughs /  St Helens Council is speaking to the carers group on 14th July.

Collective Voice – regional network

  • No news to report.
  • Next meeting 9th October in Preston.

The single point of access – Open Mind.

  • Their leaflet says that they can provide “information, advice and access to local mental health services for anyone over 16 years old”. Their phone number is 0800 183 0206.
Patient Opinion – http://www.patientopinion.org.uk

This service gives you an opportunity to tell your story about your experience of health services. It then goes anonymously straight to the person who could do something about it – either to improve things or to thank the people involved.

There aren’t many postings from people in St Helens. Remember you can post any story – it doesn’t matter whether your experience was good or bad, or whether you have any suggestions on how to improve services. The website is easy to use but you can also phone them  ( 0845  113 0012 ) and they’ll put the story up for you.


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28th January 2010, 1pm – 7pm, at the Deafness Resource Centre

32-40 Dentons Green Lane, St Helens, WA10 2QB

There will be:

  • Refreshments
  • Music performance from a special guest!
  • Live music from music-net with the chance for you to get up on stage and join in Karaoke.
  • Break dance performance from the UC Crew and a chance to try out some dance moves for yourself!
  • Singing for your health with ‘Crescendo’
  • The chance to find out what support and services are available to you to help you look after your health and wellbeing
  • The opportunity to help St Helens LINk to improve health and social care services locally.

St Helens Local Involvement Network (LINk) is a new independent network which will give people the chance to share their views and experiences on local health and social care issues and services.

St Helens LINk will:

  • Involve local people in the planning and delivery of services
  • Listen to your ideas for change
  • Take action on what you tell us.

LINk is not an individual complaints service as these already exist, but it is looking at common concerns and issues amongst people which it can then take up as issues to raise with service providers. LINk has also been given special powers including to expect a response from providers after contacting them and entering specific services to see the care provided.

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Late notice sorry – but the next meeting is tomorrow.

As always there’ll be a take it to the top session with Simon Barber, the Chief Executive. At the last meeting, a group of carers from St Helens asked why people are not being told they’ve been discharged from services. Hopefully tomorrow, he will be able to offer some feedback.

The meeting is from 1-4pm at Hollins Park in the Education Centre. Lunch is served from 12.30 and the meeting is open to all.

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Care Quality Commission: respond by September 7th 2009

They are currently developing their plan for their work on mental health over the next three to five years. They are keen to get a range of views to help them develop their plan.

They would like your views on:

Where does the Care Quality Commission need to focus its efforts in the next three to five years to really make a difference in mental health?
How should we involve people who use services and their families and carers in developing, implementing and monitoring the strategy?

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Many of the people who attended Alison’s recent self help group training, who are themselves voice hearers, have come together to hold a Hearing Voices Group.  Here’s their info – (more…)

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At our February meeting, Karen described the time to change campaign. This national project is aiming to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill health. (more…)

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