Mind survey of users of NHS psychological therapies services

Are you getting the talking therapy you need? Are you waiting to see someone or are you struggling to get treatment? Complete our online survey and let us know what you think of talking therapies available in your area. We’ll be publishing our findings in December.

Our last report on talking therapies was in 2010 and your views and experiences are vital for us to see how things have changed. Has access to talking therapies improved or have things got worse?

The survey will take you 10 minutes to fill out – please help us find out more about talking therapies. http://svy.mk/18pu4cR

The survey will close on 18th October.

WE’RE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help break down mental health stigma

WE’RE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help break down mental health stigma

at the Time to Change Village

Shopping Centre, Lewisham, SE13 7HB

Saturday 26 October 2013

The Time to Change Village – ‘Lewisham-on-Sea’ is a ‘pop-up’ space where

people can learn the truth about mental health in an engaging and fun way!

Village volunteers will challenge stereotypes of mental illness by talking to the

public about their lived experiences of mental health problems. Come and join

us and be part of the social movement to end mental health discrimination!

In your role as a volunteer, we ask you to give up a few hours of your time to

come to the Village and share your experiences. We will provide training in

advance of the day and travel expenses up to £15.

Sign up now: www.time-to-change.org.uk/lewishamvillage

Or find out more: volunteer@time-to-change.org.uk

07876 500062 (voicemail and text)

Flyer here: TtC LEWISHAM Poster

NSUN: New Trustees to join the Board

The Board of Trustees of NSUN currently consists of twelve members from a variety of backgrounds who develop the organisation’s strategy to meet agreed objectives. We are looking for Trustees who identify as people with lived experience of mental health conditions and who are from a variety of backgrounds.

We are particularly looking for people who have the following skills and experience:

  • Financial management
  • Managing user-led organisations
  • Human resources
  • Involvement and influencing

The Board of Trustees meets six times a year. In addition, Trustees may be asked to serve on sub-committees, which involves attending additional meetings throughout the year.

The post is voluntary but expenses are paid.

Some previous Trustee or voluntary experience would be advantageous but not essential.

Applicants should be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and the appointment is subject to satisfactory references.

  • Application form and guidance for applications: please visit here
  • Closing date for applications: 30 September
  • All applicants will be contacted on: 4 October
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview week starting 9 October.

To apply please complete the application form and return to NSUN either by email or post to 27 – 29 Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1SY by 30 September.

Lewisham CCG Strategic Plan

We are up for the challenge. Are you?

During September we are asking patients, public, partners and staff whether they are up for the challenge of helping us do things differently in Lewisham.   People are living longer with more complicated health conditions and demand for health care is rising but the money is not.  We need to do things differently to meet these challenges and deliver our plans to improve health and deliver the best possible care from high quality, safe and affordable services in Lewisham.

This conversation with our partners, patients and local communities will help inform and shape our future plans.  It also fits with the Government’s national ‘Call to action’ which sets out how the NHS needs to change to meet the challenges ahead to  ensure it is around for future generations.

Marc Rowland, Chair of the CCG, “As the organisation responsible for planning, buying and monitoring healthcare in Lewisham, we have made a commitment to local people that we will involve them in our plans to make sure we have better health, best care and best value for services in Lewisham.  We have worked closely with partners on the Lewisham Health and Wellbeing Board when developing our five year commissioning strategy plan.  This also included listening to what our patients told us when deciding our priorities. We are now asking you to work with us again to see what we can do differently together to help overcome some of the challenges we face here in Lewisham –  which are shared across the whole of the NHS”.

We believe there are three key areas that we need to focus: getting the basics right every time, helping people to stay well and making sure health and care services work together as one.

We are asking people to answer six questions which will help inform our ‘case for change’ – which is the plan for what we need to do differently.  These are:

We want to know:

  • Are we getting the basics right in local health services at the moment?
  • Do we need to include anything else in order to get these basics right?
  • How can we support you to stay well?
  • What makes it difficult for you to stay well and what can we do differently?
  • How can health and social are services work better together?
  • What do we need to do differently so that people receive joined up care

Find out more about our challenge, and how you can get involved at our website at www.lewishamccg.nhs.uk .

We would be grateful if you could pass this message on and encourage your staff, teams and other partners to give us their views.  The more people who respond, the better health services will become.

PDF verison here: strategy stakeholder message 160913

Flyer and more information here: Strategy Flyer

If you would like more information or would like one of our team to talk to you about our plans in more detail, please contact Lorna Hughes, Head of Engagement on 020 3049 3208.

Lewisham-on-Sea 26 October 2013

Do you live in or near to Lewisham in South East London? Would you be willing to talk about your personal experiences of mental health problems to help break down stigma?

Time to Change Needs You!

The Time to Change Village; ‘Lewisham-on-Sea’ will ‘pop-up’ at Lewisham Shopping Centre in Autumn. A new date has been confimed for Saturday 26 October and we’re looking for 60 volunteers from London to join our team.

The Time to Change Village  is an interactive space, where the public can have open conversations about mental health, whilst engaging in a range of activities and having lots of fun.

When people meet our Village Volunteers with lived experience they will find out more about the realities of mental health. This helps to challenge the prejudices and stereotypes which often lead to discrimination.

What you can expect?

When you volunteer at a Time to Change Village, our Volunteer Co-ordinators will be there to support you on the day.  

You will get the chance to attend a training session before the event, to help you speak confidently to people visiting our seaside themed village in Lewisham Shopping Centre and have lots of fun!

Please indicate on the online registration form below if you would like to be offered a place on a training session.

We can reimburse your travel expenses of up to £15 for attending your training session and up to £15 travel expenses for attending the event.  Please keep receipts or your proof of purchase.

If this is your first experience of volunteering at a Time to Change event, at the training session you will also find out how to become a Time to Change Champion too.

Sign up to become a Volunteer

Times to Change Volunteers are people with lived experience of mental health problems who support our community engagement events to end mental health discrimination by talking to people in their communities.

If you are interested in becoming a Time to Change Village Volunteer, please complete the online registration form. We ask all volunteers to complete the form in full.

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. All other fields are optional.

If you require further information or would prefer to complete a hard copy of the form please email volunteer@time-to-change.org.uk  or call 07876 500 062 (voice-mail or text only).

Via http://www.time-to-change.org.uk via Matthew

Who Benefits? campaign – Share your story. Change the debate on benefits

The Who Benefits? campaign has now been officially launched, and you can find out more about it by visiting the website here: www.whobenefits.org.uk.

The campaign aims to tackle the stigma that surrounds people claiming benefits (e.g., media portrayal as “scroungers”), in particular in respect of claimants with physical or mental health difficulties. It aims to reduce the stigma felt by those who claim benefits or would be entitled to do so, and give a voice to people with personal experience of working age benefits, whose stories are rarely heard. Do have a look at the Who Benefits? website, as it’s a great opportunity to share your stories.

The Mental Health Foundation is supporting the Who Benefits? campaign, but we would also like to hear your thoughts on some specific questions that will help us inform our own work on the benefits system in relation to mental health.

If you have had any contact with the working-age benefits system (e.g. unemployment benefits, disability benefits or housing benefit) we’d like to have your thoughts to these questions:

  1. What do you think about the media coverage or Government statements concerning people who claim working age benefits?
  2. What changes, if any, would you like to see in the way that welfare benefits, and benefits claimants, are portrayed in media coverage or Government statements?
  3. If you are claiming any benefit, how is this supporting your mental health? (It would be helpful to know which benefit or benefits you are claiming.)   

As ever, any responses will be treated in absolute confidence, although we plan to anonymise responses to use publicly in our campaigning work. Please let us know if you do not want your response to be used in this way.

With best wishes,


Hannah Bullmore

Policy and Project Officer

Email hbullmore@mhf.org.uk

Website www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

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