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Get involved: Health Information Week July 3 - 9th 2017

Health Information Week (HIW) started in 2005 in the West Midlands. In 2017, the campaihn is England-wide. 

HIW aims to encourage partnership working across sectors and benefit all staff and the public by raising awareness of the resources that are available to them. It is a multi-sector approach to promote high quality health information resources and support that are available to healthcare staff, patients and the public.

Central Beds Impact Mental Health Peer Support Annual Report

On the weekly Zoom Meeting I asked about how to make our Annual Report available on the MHFE site.

Whilst I am looking at a means to produce a fully accessible pdf version I thought I would share a link here to see whether the National Pilot Comminity feel its worthwhile sharing or if it is too long / boring. 

We are intending to use it a briefing tool for customers, press and partners, so it is written assuming the reader has no prior knowledge of the National Pilot.

I would welcome any comments feedback or ideas for improvement!

RACC MHFE News - NHS and Adult Ed working together

RACC is organising an event on Monday 22nd Feb for NHS professionals and Adult Education called 'Working Together' . 

FACT: Recent Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed the budgets for mental health trusts fell by 2% from 2013/14 to 2014/15.

Rights for Life -landmark event on human rights and recovery

I usually tweet events and resources via @MHFEwhatsnew rather than posting them as news, but the Scottish Recovery Network, See Me, and Voices Of Experience landmark national event on human rights and recovery in June this year really does deserve a special news item. Thanks to Susan for sending details to me in the latest SRN eUpdate.

Rights for Life brought people together around human rights, mental health recovery and non-discrimination. It was designed to be solutions-focused, engaging and positive.

My Work With MHFE

I first saw a link to the MHFE virtual secondees project on the NSUN (that’s National Survivor User Network) mailing and was really interested. I am a mental health service user, but had 6 years experience teaching in FE and HE. Funnily enough, I think it was the stress of this work that pushed me to breaking point! I became ill with stress and then after I lost my job my condition deteriorated. As part of my own recovery I completed an MA and then just last year finished an NVQ in Beauty therapy.

Time to Change video: Stand Up Kid

In 2012, Time to Change piloted a special campaign for young people in the West Midlands area, starting with the release of Stand Up Kid, an online film that aims to change attitudes towards mental illness amongst 14-18 year olds.

The film shows teenager Michael coming back to school after being off with depression. Teased by his classmates, he takes a stand against the jokes and tells them what it really means to live with a mental health problem.

Recovery colleges

I have been interested to find out about recovery colleges, their focus and their aims to improve life chances and opportunities for people with MH issues. Have a look at the following site it explores the journey learners have to go on yet further exposes the gulf between the learner with treated mental health issues and the non mental health learner: http:/www.swlstg-tr.nhs.uk/our-service/south-west-london-recovery-college/

Where's your evidence? MHFE Symposium (22.11.2011)

Still highly relevant to and for the 2015/16 BIS Community Learning Mental Health Pilot, this 2011 event explored the existing and emerging evidence base to underpin mental health and learning in FACES learning. We grateful thanks to presenters and delegates for their permissions, we are pleased to bring you presentations, photos, videos and more from this event.

Take Ten People in the North East - Voices 1

Video title: The challenges of experiencing mental ill-health. (4.47 mins)

David Allen, Voices Empowered

David describes the impact of mental ill-health in his own life and the need to combat stigma.

Take Ten People in the North East - Voices 2

Video title: Voices Empowered - making a difference in the future. (2.39 mins) 

Val Binns, Voices Empowered.

Val explains how effective support from a range of services has helped her and her colleagues to develop the service user led organisation Voices Empowered.

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