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BIMHN enters Silver Birch inpatient ward to assess patient care quality

BIMHN enters Silver Birch inpatient ward to assess patient care quality


  Members of Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) are on site at Silver Birch inpatient ward today reviewing the quality of the care patients are receiving. The members of the team on the visit all have direct lived experience of mental health themselves and are talking to patients and…
BIMHN calls for increased scrutiny on treatment of inpatients after ward closure

BIMHN calls for increased scrutiny on treatment of inpatients after ward closure


  BIMHN is calling for increased scrutiny over the treatment of inpatients. The call, follows the continued closure of mental health inpatient unit, Laurel Ward at Callington Road Hospital. This will include a user-led visit to review the ward. Laurel Ward is a later life inpatient ward at Callington Road…
Bristol Mental Health Services for Children & Young People

Bristol Mental Health Services for Children & Young People


  Bristol CCG have co-produced a directory of mental health services for children and young people in Bristol. The directory aims to serve as a "single 'go to' place for information about children and young people’s emotional health in Bristol." Bristol CCG notes in its publication: "It provides a place…
Join us for Peerfest 2017!

Join us for Peerfest 2017!


  Taking place this year on October 9th 2017, Peerfest is a national annual event celebrating the importance, power and diversity of peer support. It's a welcoming, inclusive and inspirational event bringing peers together to network, share skills and experiences through workshops, creative activities, debate and The Marsh Awards. We…
Bristol Crisis Line Changes

Bristol Crisis Line Changes


BIMHN have been involved in the co-production of improvements to the Bristol Crisis Service to ensure those in need get the right support. This would not have been possible without service users and carers with support from Bristol CCG and Bristol Mental Health. The improvements... A new call management system went 8th…
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017


Mental Health Awareness Week has been held by the Mental Health Foundation in May since 2000 and this year, the theme is "Surviving or Thriving" and this year falls between the 8th and 14th of May. In Bristol, the focus is on the "Five Ways to Wellbeing" and organisations such…
Mental health services Christmas opening times

Mental health services Christmas opening times


In partnership with Bristol Anti-Stigma Alliance (BASA), Bristol Mental Health and Bristol CCG, BIMHN have been involved in the co-production of a guide to Christmas opening times of mental health services in Bristol. We recognise that the Christmas period can be especially difficult for some, and we hope this guide…
Crisis Line Open Forum

Crisis Line Open Forum


Get your voice heard at our next crisis line open forum! At 6pm on Wednesday 14th December, the next crisis line open forum will take place at the Station, Silver Street, Bristol. This is a follow up to our first very successful open meeting that took place on October 26th…
Crisis Line Update

Crisis Line Update


Concerns raised by Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) over the proposed changes to the crisis line are being addressed. In response to our petition, which over 4,400 people have signed, we have been meeting regularly with both Bristol Mental Health and Bristol CCG to ensure concerns raised are heard.…
Our response to latest Crisis Line Statement

Our response to latest Crisis Line Statement


We are disappointed by the recent statement released by Bristol Mental Health and Bristol CCG, which now states that the public crisis line will be closed. This is a u-turn on Bristol Mental Health's previous statement which said that the telephone service will not be cut, but "redesigned". Their latest…
Free reading group taster sessions

Free reading group taster sessions


Shared reading groups will be starting up in several libraries across Bristol from this September. These will be hosted by The Reader, an award-winning charitable social enterprise whose aim is to bring about a reading revolution, connecting people from all communities and backgrounds with great literature for improved well-being. The sessions are free…
Walking out of Darkness to raise awareness about suicide

Walking out of Darkness to raise awareness about suicide


A 10-mile walk between Bath and Bristol is taking place on Saturday 10th September, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. 'Walking out of Darkness' - organised by charity CLASP - aims to highlight how we can all make a difference through communication, education and increasing awareness around mental health and suicide prevention,…