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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…

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…

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

Association of Mental Health Providers

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…

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

Association of Mental Health Providers

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…

Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All

Dania Hanif

Published: October 10, 2016

– Dania Hanif, Policy and Communications Officer Crisis events involving exposure to trauma and sudden loss occur in all communities of the world, whether it be a war in the Middle East, Hurricane Matthew in the Americas, refugee crises internationally, or incidents of domestic violence, bullying or vehicular accidents in a city neighbourhood. Those exposed…

The vital role of the VCS in gender-specific mental health provision

Dania Hanif


– Dania Hanif, Policy and Communications Officer Mental health problems are extensive but often hidden, with one in four adults experiencing a diagnosable mental health problem in any one year representing the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Women have higher rates of depression and are twice as likely to be diagnosed with…

The importance of engagement with the voluntary sector

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– 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…

Guest Blog: 'Time for a workforce revolution?'

Association of Mental Health Providers

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…