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Guest Blog: Mental Health Research Roundtable

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Published: June 7, 2018

-Louise Arseneault, ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow, King’s College London #MHResearchRoundtable The current synergy around mental health calls for greater collaboration between academia and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector to better understand, prevent and treat mental health conditions. The need for this partnership emerges from both sides. On the one hand, academic…

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Guest Blog: The Impact of Reduced Support on our Customers with Mental Health Conditions

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Published: May 31, 2018

-Julie Layton, Advance UK As a housing and support organisation for people with learning disabilities or mental health conditions, Advance is committed to providing high quality support that will enable our customers to live the lives they choose. However, in today’s financial climate, it is proving increasingly difficult to provide services that are customer-centred, deliver…

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Guest Blog: The Mental Health and Smoking Partnership: Tackling Health Inequality

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Published: February 6, 2018

-Hazel Cheeseman, Action on Smoking and Health There are many challenges in mental health services today but few feel more pressing than finding solutions to the stark difference in life expectancy between the users of these services and the population as a whole. In recent times there has been a growing movement to address the…

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Guest Blog: Shared Ownership

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Published: November 22, 2017

– Julie Layton, Advance UK What is shared ownership? Advance was one of the first organisations in the UK to deliver shared ownership for customers with learning disabilities and mental health conditions. It is now one of the few remaining housing providers who still offer this form of housing. Since 1997 we’ve helped more than…

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Guest Blog: Wellbeing Teams and Mental Health

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Published: August 3, 2017

– Helen Sanderson, Helen Sanderson Associates “What would Wellbeing Teams and self-management look like in mental health?” Carey Bamber, Policy Adviser and Member Support at The Association, asked me to think about this, and to share ideas through a webinar. A couple of months later we were sat together in my office managing technical challenges…

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Response to NHS England's Announcement to Redesign MH Services

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Published: June 27, 2017

Association of Mental Health Providers’ Chief Executive, Kathy Roberts, said: “The Association are disappointed by the poor inclusion of voluntary and community sector providers in the recent NHS England announcement introducing new sites to redesign mental health services and cut out-of-area placements. The voluntary and community sector are a vital part of the health and…

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Guest Blog: The true value of peer support

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Published: January 30, 2017

– Jess Worner, Together for Mental Wellbeing A study undertaken by national mental health charity Together for Mental Wellbeing has revealed that every pound spent on peer support yields a social return worth £4.94. Together’s Peer Support Practice Manager Jess Worner takes a closer look at the model behind these impressive stats. Social return on…

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Guest Blog: Time to act for women's mental health

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Published: December 5, 2016

– Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director, Agenda Women in mental health services are often vulnerable. Struggling with mental health issues makes life harder for any of us. But in many cases women accessing psychological help have additional vulnerabilities. Research suggests that around half of women with mental health problems have experienced sexual or domestic violence. For women…

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Guest Blog: How can social investment support mental health providers?

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Published: October 27, 2016

– Geetha Rabindrakumar, Head of Social Sector Engagement, Big Society Capital Services supporting people with mental health issues are needed more than ever, when 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 9 children in the UK have a mental health problem. Mental health issues are often compounded by related issues around homelessness, unemployment, poverty and…

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The importance of engagement with the voluntary sector

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Published: October 10, 2016

– Isabela Vrba Neves, Communications and Member Engagement Officer Mental Health has been getting a lot of attention lately in the UK, from the recent appointment of Barbara Keeley as Shadow Minister of Mental Health and Social Care, to Theresa May recognising, in her first speech as Prime Minister, the lack of mental health support…

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Guest Blog: 'Time for a workforce revolution?'

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Published: February 4, 2016

– Brendan Hill, Chief Executive, Concern Group The third sector and its statutory colleagues share the same goal of aspiring to provide high-quality health and care services, at a time when demographics and finances alone provide significant challenge. There are a number of key agendas that affect us all:- A common goal of providing more holistic…

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