Help and Support – updated!

March 22, 2019 at 7:50 pm

We have recently updated our help & support pages. The support page provides a condensed list of services relating to mental health, in order to help signpost someone to the help they need. The information listed includes crisis services, helplines, and student-specific support information.

The former useful links section has been separated into its own page, and is intended to be a non-exhaustive yet comprehensive list of groups, bodies and agencies relevant to the local mental health landscape.

Have we missed anything? Do you have any suggestions on how the information could be presented differently? Get in touch!

March 22, 2019 at 7:50 pm | News | No comment

Time to Talk Day 2019!

February 1, 2019 at 1:13 pm

About Time to Talk Day

Time To Talk Day is an annual national event, that aims to promote talking about mental health. Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health; talking about mental health problems and sharing real life stories helps to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.

This year, it takes place on Thursday 7th February, and the theme is bringing together the right ingredients to have that important conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends; or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma; we want people to get talking.

If you’re posting to social media, we’ll be using two hashtags; #TimeToTalk and #TTCBristol.

In Bristol, there are lots of events going on both before and on the day itself – take a look below!

North Bristol

  • Community Access Support Service (CASS) Bristol / Tea and Talk with tea, cake, activities and space to talk / 09:30 – 12:00 Thursday 7th February / The Greenway Cafe, Doncaster Road, Bristol, BS10 5PY
  • Community Access Support Service (CASS) Bristol  / Gentle Walking Group / Starting at 10:00, Wednesday 6th February / The Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol / CASS’ new ‘Talk and Walk’ app (see below) will be used on a route walking through Badock’s Wood with quiz questions on the topic of mental health.

Central Bristol

  • Time to Talk Stall at Bristol City Council’s ‘Cash Hall’ / 11:00 – 14:30 Thursday 7th February / City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR
  • Introduction to Challenging Stigma and Discrimination training session / 09:30 – 12:45 Tuesday 5th February / The Station (First Floor Classroom), Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG
  • Time to Change Champion’s Fund Information Session / 13:30 – 14:45 Tuesday 5th February / The Station (First Floor Classroom), Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG
  • Integrated Community Localities Transformation Event: as part of the event, attendees such as GPs, health commissioners, people from local authorities and other partners will be encouraged to share what they will be doing to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.
  • St. Mungo’s are running a drop-in on Time to Talk Day between 10:00 – 12:00 with an open invitation to anyone to come in and talk about mental health / Location: 1 New Street, Bristol, BS2 9DX

East Bristol

UWE Bristol

Every February, UWE runs a Feel Good February initiative focusing on health and wellbeing. This year, there are two events taking place on Thursday 7th February;

Talk and Walk

Finally, CASS will be launching a ‘Talk and Walk’ app in time for Time to Talk Day, promoting gentle exercise with some fun and exciting challenges included. You can download the app from Monday 4th February, and challenges run until Sunday 17th February. For more information, take a look at the flyer.

Wellbeans Initiative

Wellbeans Initiative CIC are a social peer network. To mark Time to Talk Day this year, they will be visiting retailers. Through social contact, they will look at ways of opening the conversation, and how we respond to challenging attitudes and behaviour towards mental health in the workplace. Wellbeans’ aim is to really try and open up conversation between staff, how they may respond to challenges, and also safeguard themselves.

 

Getting more involved with Time to Change

Would you like to get more involved with anti-stigma mental health work, or start your own event? Find out about how to support the Time to Change social movement and sign up to become a Time to Change Champion.

The Time to Change Bristol hub, is a partnership of local organisations, who collectively work together to further the mental health conversation. To sign up to the Hub’s mailing list, to hear about new opportunities and events, click here.

The Champions Fund is available to any Time to Change Champion to use to run an event in line with Time to Talk’s aims; you can apply for up to £500 to run a social contact event. Take a look at the linked pages for more information, and for help applying. 

February 1, 2019 at 1:13 pm | News | No comment

Bristol mental health support – Christmas opening times 2018

December 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm

The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) have produced a short guide to mental health support available to people in the Bristol area over the Christmas and New Year period.

This follows on from the success of last year’s guide in helping communities navigate what is available at this time of this year and requests from many people and organisations across Bristol.

About the guide

The guide, produced in partnership with Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Bristol Mental Health, lists relevant mental health and wellbeing support available over the holiday period. It brings together information about mental health support from both NHS and voluntary & community sector partners that can be accessed. This also includes some national helplines.

Click on the image to find our more information about mental health support available in Bristol over the Christmas period.

IMHN Project Manager, Tom Renhard said:

“Whilst for many the Christmas period can be a time of joy, celebration and relaxation, it is vital we remember that this can also be an especially difficult time of year for some.

In particular, this could be the case for people who may feel increasingly isolated during this time or who may be struggling with their mental health and well being for a variety of reasons.

The aim of this guide is to assist in helping people to access the right support at the right time, should they need to. We have also shared the guide with GP’s, existing services and local groups to help it to reach as many people as possible.

I would encourage everyone to make use of this guide in a way they feel is helpful and share with work colleagues, family and friends.”

If you have anything you would like to add about what you know is available over the Christmas period then please comment at the bottom of this web page so the information can be shared with others.

You can find a copy of the guide here.

December 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm | News | No comment

Time to Change Bristol’s Employer Pledge event

September 30, 2018 at 1:06 pm

In September, more than 50 people from Bristol local businesses and organisations attended the Time to Change Employer Pledge event at Bristol City Hall.

The event took the form of a workshop, intended to enable employers to learn how to create a workplace culture that encourages the opening up of conversations around mental health. The Action Plan behind the Time to Change Employer Pledge provides a framework and tools for employers to provide the appropriate support for all employees, and enable employers to embed mental health into their policies and procedures, so that employees feel engaged and are able to speak openly about their mental health with their employer.

Take a look at a summary poster produced following the event, including attendee feedback and comments.

Breaking down stigma in the workplace, and giving both employees and employers the tools to tackle mental ill-health, is a priority of the national Time to Change campaign. The Bristol Time to Change hub, co-delivered by BIMHN, supports this. 

 

September 30, 2018 at 1:06 pm | News | No comment

IMHN are recruiting Trustees to join its Board!

September 12, 2018 at 10:38 am

Are you someone with a passion for improving mental health services and empowering those with lived experience of mental health?

Are you willing to give about a day a month to assist in influencing the development of a young, dynamic and growing organisation?

Do you support the principles of lived experience leadership and have a willingness to ensure this remains embedded in everything we do?

Then we want to hear from you!

 

How to apply

To apply to be a Trustee, please send a CV and a covering letter to trustees@imhn.org, by no later than Sunday 14th October 2018.

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 22nd October 2018. Please ensure you tell us about any dates that you cannot do that week when submitting your application.

For an informal conversation about the role or organisation, please email Tom Renhard on trustees@imhn.org.

We would especially welcome applications from those with qualifications or extensive experience in any of the following areas:

  • Finance, fundraising and bid writing
  • Law, advocacy and complaints
  • Marketing / Public relations

We would especially welcome applications from individuals who identify as:

  • Women
  • LGBTQIA+
  • BAME

A copy of the recruitment pack can be found here.

 

Trustee Opportunity Information

Nominated Trustee recruitment pack September 2018

IMHN Constitution (last amended January 2017)

IMHN Constitution – Bye Laws (last amended January 2017)

 

Further Information

IMHN exists to represent those with lived experience of mental health, uniting voices for positive change in how mental health services are delivered.

We’re governed by a board of up to twelve Trustees, who work alongside our branches and volunteers to develop a thriving and active organisation improving mental health services and empowering those with lived experience to have their voice heard.

The charity is young and working to develop its first strategic plan that will embed our core objectives into everything that we do. It’s an exciting time for us, having just hosted Peerfest 2017 in Bristol with local partners after competing in a national tendering exercise and taken part in several ward visits and service redesign exercises including Bristol’s mental health crisis houses.

This is a fantastic opportunity to take on an essential role in a developing and growing charity committed to changing lives and we look forward to receiving your application.

September 12, 2018 at 10:38 am | News | No comment

Funding to help challenge mental health stigma in Bristol

July 2, 2018 at 9:21 am

Today (2 July 2018) Time to Change Bristol is launching its Champions Fund – a £10,000 pot of money to help residents with personal experience challenge mental health stigma where they live.

Each applicant must be a registered Time to Change Champion and can apply for up to £500. The funding will be used to spark conversations between people who have experienced mental health problems and those who have not. Talking about mental health problems and sharing real life stories helps to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.

Activities can range from stalls in shopping centres or festivals to free haircuts by bantering barbers and even ‘walk and talk’ dog walks.

A spokesperson for the Time to Change Bristol Hub said: “This is a great opportunity for residents who have experienced mental health problems to share their story and encourage people to talk more openly about mental health.

“When we talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect. This can lead to changes in attitudes and behaviours and our campaign is proving that it is an incredibly effective way to reduce stigma and discrimination.”

Cllr Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Communities, Equality and Public Health said: “I’m looking forward to seeing how our local champions would like to spend this money and their ideas to get more people opening up about their mental health. Since becoming a Time to Change hub we’ve offered training for people to become champions and this new funding pot will help to really bring the campaign alive. Only by working together will we bring about change that lasts, break down stigma and put our mental health at the top of the priority list.”

The funding is made available through Time to Change, a social movement run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. Time to Change Bristol was successful in its bid to become a Time to Change hub in March 2018. Time to Change Bristol is made up of the city council, Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN), Rethink Bristol and Wellbeans Initiative CIC and with support from partners across the city – including employers, unions, universities, police and the NHS.

Time to Change hubs are local partnerships which demonstrate their commitment to:

  • Putting people with personal experience of mental health problems at the heart of their work
  • Embedding anti-stigma and discrimination work locally, whether that be local schools, workplaces or other community settings
  • Proactively campaigning to improve people’s attitudes and behaviours towards mental health.

To apply for funding applicants need to be registered Time to Change champions, be at least 18 years old, have lived experience of a mental health problem and live in Bristol.

The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is 24th August. Applications will be assessed by 7th September and successful applicants will be notified by 14th September.  

To register as a Time to Change champion visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved

To apply for the Champions Fund visit www.bimhn.org.uk/ttcbristol/

 

July 2, 2018 at 9:21 am | News | No comment

Mental health support in emergency departments – we want to hear from you!

May 17, 2018 at 10:59 pm

We want to hear your views about your experiences of accessing mental health support at an emergency department.

In collaboration with UWE Bristol, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, and Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG), we are gathering views to understand the journey that people with mental health problems experience when attending an emergency department.

This work precedes a change in service delivery planned for the local emergency departments that aims to support people needing urgent mental health treatment in the service.

We really want to hear from people who have recently attended an emergency department in Bristol (within the last 12 months), South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

All responses will be treated with the highest confidentiality, with no personal details shared or used; only summary data will be used in the report. It will not be possible to identify any individual.

We are currently doing this in two ways: by asking you to fill out a short questionnaire or by arranging an interview with the research team at UWE Bristol.

 

Emergency Departments Questionnaire

The questionnaire should take no more than ten to fifteen minutes to complete and you can fill out the questionnaire by clicking here.

 

Interview with the research team

Would you like to take part in an interview with the research team to share your story and help improve available support for people in the future? We are aiming to interview up to six people and slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A voucher to the value of £15 will be provided for your time and the interview should last no more than one hour and 15 minutes.

We have slots available on the following dates (venues will be in central Bristol unless otherwise agreed):

  • Tuesday 5th June – Between 9 am and 12 pm
  • Friday 8th June – Between 9 am and 4 pm
  • Wednesday 13th June – Between 9 am and 4 pm
  • Friday 15th June – Between 1 pm and 5 pm
  • Friday 22nd June – Between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
  • Thursday 28th June – Between 9 am and 4 pm

You can book by emailing contactbimhn@gmail.com and we will put you in touch with the research team at UWE.

Want to take part in an interview and none of the listed slots are convenient? Drop us an email and we will try and make alternative arrangements.

May 17, 2018 at 10:59 pm | News | No comment

Free training to provide support as a Time to Change Champion

May 11, 2018 at 1:26 pm

Free training sessions are on offer with Time to Change Bristol to help people to join a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.

The training is available over the next month to enable people to become Champions for the Bristol Time to Change hub, which is a network of local organisations and individuals committed to ending negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.

Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless. But with the right support from those around them, people can recover and experience equality of opportunity in all areas of life. Encouraging people to open up to mental health – to talk and to listen – is the first step.

Time to Change Champions are people with lived experience of mental health problems and are vital campaigners for the movement as they have links to communities, come from a diverse range of backgrounds with various levels of previous experiences and skills.

Cllr Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “One of our key ambitions is for Bristol to become a city where everyone feels safe speaking out about mental health issues and where we can secure the support we need when we need it.

“Time to Change Champions are an essential part of the work to bring our city together to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination as they have first-hand experience in dealing with mental health problems.

“Their understanding and local focus will be instrumental in our upcoming Thrive Bristol programme, which we are leading with Bristol’s Anti Stigma Alliance with the help of our local universities, employers and unions alongside our partners in the voluntary sector, NHS and police.

“By working together as a city and using the expertise and support offered by the national Time to Change campaign we be believe we can make great progress towards Bristol becoming a city free from stigma and discrimination around mental health.”

Kata Papunen, a Time to Change Champion, said: “I became a Time to Change Champion in 2014, after an amazing summer of volunteering at Time to Change events in Bristol. I am passionate about mental health campaigning, reducing stigma and empowering others as well as myself, and I find that Time to Change provides the perfect network, support and cause to combine what I care for and what I can do and learn.

“By becoming a champion I have had a unique chance to further develop my skills in event management with the support of the champions forum, training opportunities and online material.

“Best of all, the Champions Fund allows us champions to bid for funding to help turn our ideas into reality. Having the funds to organise any kind of event or activity is a big hurdle, but thanks to the Champions Fund I don’t have to worry about that. Whether I want to organise a small coffee social or take part in a public campaigning day, the Champions Fund is there to help.

“I am grateful for the amazing support the Time to Change community continues to give, and I am looking forward to doing more good this summer with a very inspiring network.”

If you are interested in joining the social movement to change how we think and act about mental health problems and becoming a Time to Change Champion, sign up for one of the training sessions in Bristol:

Time to Change Bristol is made up of Bristol City Council, Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN), Wellbeans Initiative CIC and Rethink Bristol with support from partners across the city – including employers, unions, universities, police and the NHS.

Time to Change the national campaign is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

For more information visit www.bimhn.org.uk/ttcbristol or www.time-to-change.org.uk.

May 11, 2018 at 1:26 pm | News | No comment

Presentations from Mental Health Conversations event now available!

May 6, 2018 at 2:11 pm

The presentations from our second Mental Health Conversations event are now available to download and share.

You can access the presentations here.

More updates will be available soon to let you know how the key themes raised at the event will be taken forwards.

If you have any queries in the meantime, or would like to get more involved in this work, then drop an email to contactbimhn@gmail.com

 

More information from the event

As Bristol prepares for the roll out of Universal Credit in 2018, Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) and Community Access Support Service (CASS), Bristol City Council Public Health and the Clinical Commissioning Group invite workers, group leaders and service users to join the city’s second mental health conversation, this time about debt and benefits.

The finalised programme for the next sold-out event, taking place on Tuesday 8th May, can be found here and also below:

Representation & Accountability Officer, Tom Renhard, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming over 120 people to the event on Tuesday. Many are attending to share their lived experiences of their personal situation and what could have been done differently to better support them. These will include people talking about challenges of mental health combined with debt or benefits issues they have had where their voices may have previously gone unheard. Professionals and key local decision makers will also attend so that collectively, we can work together to see what can be done to improve the situation, or what needs to be our ask as a city to ensure the experiences of people are heard, acknowledged and appropriately addressed.”

 

About the event

In this period of growing austerity, mental health and finance often impact each other; issues with either one can cause people to spiral into crisis.

With service users already affected by welfare reform and Universal Credit on the horizon, how do advice and mental health workers join together and ensure clients have a safety net in place?

Join us to:

  • Make connections between the mental health and advice sectors
  • Identify issues relevant to both mental health work and advice work
  • Work together to identify solutions

Rather than being a Universal Credit update or a chance for individuals to discuss their benefit entitlement, this event will provide a rare opportunity for interested parties to come together with a view to improving the services provided to Bristol’s communities.

The event will include information stalls, networking opportunities, discussion groups and speakers, with outcomes feeding into the Thrive Bristol program.

Speakers will present a national perspective on welfare reform and mental health, a local Bristol-focused view, an advice sector view and most importantly a lived experience of mental health perspective.

If you have any queries about the event then please do get in touch by emailing contactbimhn@gmail.com

 

May 6, 2018 at 2:11 pm | News | No comment

Mental Health Conversations – Welfare, Benefits and Debt

April 2, 2018 at 5:35 pm

 

As Bristol prepares for the roll out of Universal Credit in 2018, Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) and Community Access Support Service (CASS), Bristol City Council Public Health and the Clinical Commissioning Group invite workers, group leaders and service users to join the city’s second mental health conversation, this time about debt and benefits.

In this period of growing austerity, mental health and finance often impact each other; issues with either one can cause people to spiral into crisis.

With service users already affected by welfare reform and Universal Credit on the horizon, how do advice and mental health workers join together and ensure clients have a safety net in place?

Join us to:

  • Make connections between the mental health and advice sectors
  • Identify issues relevant to both mental health work and advice work
  • Work together to identify solutions

 

Book your free ticket to attend

 

Rather than being a Universal Credit update or a chance for individuals to discuss their benefit entitlement, this event will provide a rare opportunity for interested parties to come together with a view to improving the services provided to Bristol’s communities.

The event will include information stalls, networking opportunities, discussion groups and speakers, with outcomes feeding into the Thrive Bristol program.

Speakers will present a national perspective on welfare reform and mental health, a local Bristol-focused view, an advice sector view and most importantly a lived experience of mental health perspective.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and timings for the day can be found below:

 

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Registration, Networking & Stalls
  • 10:30 – 1:00 Speakers, Plenary & Workshop
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Lunch & Stalls
  • 1:45 – 3:30 Workshop & Closing Plenary
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Stalls & Networking

 

You can book your ticket to attend here and we look forward to seeing you on May 8th.

April 2, 2018 at 5:35 pm | News | No comment

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