MHNE is a consortium of Voluntary Community Sector organisations working to improve service provision for people suffering mental distress.
Image: Between a Thing and a Thought, Susan Aldworth, 2000, collagraph print 20 x 20cms. Courtesy of the artist and GV Art, London
Hosted by MHNE and Mind, this regional conference will take place 10 - 4pm, Friday November 9th Glebe Centre, Murton, SR7 9BX, (just off the A19, Near Dalton Park). The overall aim of the event is to increase the resilience and sustainability of voluntary community organisations that deliver a lifeline to those facing mental health problems. Participants will be briefed about and discuss the latest Government actions in relation to mental health and well being services within the NHS. MHNE will be sending out a full programme of speakers, workshops and activities that will be taking place at the conference. To view the draft programme follow the link below (please note this may be subject to change).
To book your place please download and complete a booking form, which should be returned to Lynne Hodgson: firstname.lastname@example.org MHNE, Pinetree Centre, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TD. MHNE Members are entitled to free admission, (for others, cost per delegate is £35 ).
The Mental Health Strategic Partnership, a partnership of leading mental health charities, have developed a series of briefings to help develop better local mental health services. Following the publication of the implementation framework for the Government's mental health strategy, these briefings set out the steps that local authorities and NHS commissioning groups can take to improve mental health care, treatment and support. The briefings explain in practical terms the ways that the new local structures and organisations can make sure that there are good quality mental health services in their local area as well as improving mental health and wellbeing for everyone in the community.
Seperate briefings are available for each of the local services that deal with mental health; there are briefings available for: CCGS, Local HealthWatch, Health and Wellbeing boards, Directors of Public health, Local authorities and Overview and Scrutiny Committees. Please use the links below to download a copy of the appropriate guidelines.
Click here to download the guide for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
Click here to download the guide for Local HealthWatch
Click here to download the guide for Health and Wellbeing boards
Click here to download the guide for Directors of Public Health
Click here to download the guide for Local Authorities
Click here to download the guide for Overview and Scrutiny Committees
Last month, we urged our members and friends to show their support for the Mental Health (Discrimination) (No.2) Bill leading up to its debate in Parliament on 14th September. The aim of the Bill is to reduce the stigma and negative perceptions associated with mental illness; it seeks to repeal three archaic pieces of legislation which discriminate against anyone who has experienced mental health problems by preventing them from being a member of a jury; a company director and an MP if detained under the Mental Health Act for 6 months or more.
MHNE met with Kevan Jones MP before the debate to discuss our concerns (click here for further information) and we are delighted to report that Mr. Jones was one of many MPs to attend the debate and pledge their support. The Bill passed without a division and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee. Mr. Jones said that the bill was not just for the benefit of MPs, but would help remove the stigma of mental illness from society.
This Private Members' Bill was introduced to the House of Commons by Conservative MP Gavin Barwell, who told MPs: 'My bill's purpose is very simple: to tackle the last legal form of discrimination in our society. To our shame the law of the land still discriminates against those with a mental health condition... The law as it stands sends out a clear message that if someone has a mental health condition their contribution to public life is not welcome. That is an affront to a decent civilised society.'
MHNE would like to thank those of you who contacted your MP or showed your support and welcome all views and comments.
Please click here for further information, including a link to footage of the debate.
Alternatively, to read the full transcript please click here.