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Guest Blog: Suicide - A Preventable Death

Dania Hanif

Published: November 18, 2019

– Gemma Bruce, Head of External Affairs, Turning Point On 8 November, Turning Point launched our national Suicide Prevention Strategy at our substance misuse service in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We chose Leicester because we provide both crisis mental health and substance services locally and there is a strong culture of partnership working between statutory…

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Brexit and the VCSE Mental Health Sector

Dania Hanif

Published: October 16, 2019

The role of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in supporting mental health conditions is well established. The sector provides treatment, care and support services for people living with mental health needs. The sector also employs a workforce with a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise. Over 1.5 million people access CCG-commissioned mental…

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Guest Blog: Social Prescribing

Dania Hanif

Published: March 14, 2019

– Margaret Hanson, CEO, Imagine Independence #SocialPrescribingDay CEO of Imagine Independence, a 3rd Sector organisation promoting mental health and wellbeing, Margaret Hanson will be joining thousands across the country today (Thursday 14 March) to celebrate Social Prescribing Day. However, as a champion of this approach for more than a decade, Margaret is keen to explore why…

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Guest Blog: Mental Health Concern's Response to Rethink Report on Supported Housing

Dania Hanif

Published: July 25, 2018

The Association has collaborated with, and supported, the research and publication of the new Rethink Mental Illness report on supported housing; This Could Cost Lives. Our member Mental Health Concern have written an opinion piece in response. – Brendan Hill, Mental Health Concern Mental Health Concern (MHC) welcomes the report from RETHINK, which highlights the…

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Guest Blog: Mental Health Research Roundtable

Association of Mental Health Providers

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

Association of Mental Health Providers

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

Association of Mental Health Providers

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

Association of Mental Health Providers

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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Mental Health in the Workplace - WMHD

Dania Hanif

Published: October 10, 2017

Mental health conditions are extensive but often hidden, with one in four adults experiencing a diagnosable mental health condition in any one year representing the largest single cause of disability in the UK. It is a central public health issue, contributing to the wider health and social outcomes for both individuals and society.   This World…

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Guest Blog: Wellbeing Teams and Mental Health

Association of Mental Health Providers

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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Encouraging Personalised Care and Support Planning in Mental Health Services

Edward Strudwick

Published: May 12, 2017

– Edward Strudwick, Operations Manager As we approach the end of Mental Health Awareness week 2017 it is important to think about not only those who have a mental health condition but also those people and organisations who work hard, often without recognition, to support them. With two out of every three adults saying that…

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Guest Blog: The true value of peer support

Association of Mental Health Providers

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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