November 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm
Do you have lived experience of mental health crisis or attempting to access mental health crisis services? BIMHN are looking for up to six lived experience representatives to join a crisis pathway redesign event. The aim of the day is to progress the development of a new blueprint for BNSSG crisis services. We want to come to together as system partners to co-produce the crisis services of the future.
The event will take place:
Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Times: 09:30am -16:30pm
Location: Holiday Inn, Bond Street, Bristol, BS1 3LE (next to the Bristol Bear Pit roundabout).
The opportunity will be paid. For more information and details on how to express your interest, please click here, or click here to read the Independent Mental Health Network’s news release.
October 18, 2019 at 12:22 pm
The Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) is actively involved with suicide prevention work taking place locally. Two of our members sit on the local Suicide Prevention Transformation Fund Working Group, which oversees the use of a portion of money given by NHS England to address the relatively high suicide rate in the local area. This group oversees initiatives such as the Hope Project, which aims to help men at risk of self-harm or suicide.
Additionally, BIMHN is supporting a wide-ranging campaign taking place later this year that will raise awareness and educate on suicide and self-harm. Watch this space for more details, to be announced soon!
Recently, Francesco, one of our members, attended the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH)’s recent learning day in London. These learning days are known as ‘Learning Sets’.
These sessions are an opportunity for healthcare organisations to provide updates on various suicide prevention initiatives taking place up and down the country, with an emphasis on shared learning, with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of lives lost to suicide nationally.
You can read Francesco’s report of the session here.
October 18, 2019 at 12:22 pm | News | No comment
October 12, 2019 at 3:03 pm
Update: the next meeting of Bristol’s OCD Social Support Group mentioned at the foot of this article has been set for Tuesday 26 November between 20:00 – 21:30, at the Rose & Crown, 11 Two Mile Hill, Kingswood, BS15 1BH. For more information, please email Tracy at her email address mentioned below.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (‘OCD’) Awareness Week is just around the corner, and one of BIMHN’s members has asked us to pass on details of OCD Action’s most recent news article about a project they are supporting, Picture Your OCD.
The Picture Your OCD project invites people to submit a photograph or short video from a first-person’s perspective that visually expresses their experience of OCD. The photo or video should be anonymous; i.e. not showing your face. This project is intended to raise awareness of OCD, and the different ways it can affect people’s lives. If you’d like to get involved, head to www.pictureyourocd.org, for more information about the project and how you can contribute.
BIMHN are supporting Tracy, one of the trustees of the Independent Mental Health Network, with her work in setting up a local OCD Social Support Group. Following on from Lifting the Myth of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a very successful open discussion event that took place earlier this year, Tracy is looking to hold further meet-ups.
If you are interested in Tracy’s work, or would like to attend the next meeting (provisionally set for November), please feel free to email Tracy directly at tracy_tainton[@]yahoo.co.uk (taking out the brackets from the email address).
October 12, 2019 at 3:03 pm | News | No comment
October 10, 2019 at 1:13 pm
Today, on World Mental Health Day 2019, Bank of Ireland signed up to the Time to Change Employer Pledge at its offices at Temple Quay, Bristol. In attendance were employees of the Bank, members of the Bank’s leadership team, representatives from the Time to Change Bristol hub, and Bristol City Council.
Furthering the reach of the Time to Change Employer Pledge is one of the aims of the Time to Change Bristol hub. The hub is a group of organisations who have come together to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination within the city of Bristol.
Over 1,200 organisations, collectively employing over 2 million people, have now signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge nationally. Bank of Ireland have signed the pledge today to show their commitment to the launch of their company-wide wellbeing offer, at all of their offices across the England, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.
The Time to Change Bristol hub is delivered by the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN); the Bristol branch of the Independent Mental Health Network.
Independent Mental Health Network CEO, Tom Renhard, said:
We are really pleased to have joined the Bank of Ireland on World Mental Health Day for the signing of the Time to Change Employer Pledge. It signals their commitment to this agenda and it is great to hear of the important work that has already started within the organisation to challenge mental health stigma and encourage people to open up about their mental health in a supportive environment.
The Time to Change Bristol hub look forward to working with the Bank of Ireland in the coming months and years to support them on their journey. If you work for an organisation that hasn’t yet signed the Employer Pledge, please do get in touch with the hub by emailing us at ttcbristol[@]gmail.com.
Notes to editors:
What is the Time to Change Bristol Hub?
The Hub are a group of organisations who have come together to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in the city of Bristol.
The lead partner of the Hub is the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network, a branch of the Independent Mental Health Network, which is a membership-lead organisation for those with lived experience of mental health. The Hub is supported by Rethink (Bristol), Wellbeans Initiative, Community Access Support Service (CASS) Bristol, and Bristol City Council.
Find out more about the Hub here.
What is the Time to Change Employer Pledge?
The Time to Change Employer Pledge is a commitment to changing the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace. The Pledge is organised by Time to Change, a national campaign committed to campaigning against mental health stigma.
Over 1,200 organisations, employing over 2 million people, have now signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge. The Employer Pledge is free of charge and available to organisations based in England.
October 7, 2019 at 3:20 pm
World Mental Health Day takes place annually on 10th October, bringing national and international attention to mental illness and what it means for those living with mental health difficulties worldwide. There are always a rich variety of independently-organised events recognising and celebrating the day, and this year is no exception. This year, the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network have compiled a guide to the events taking place in Bristol and the immediate surrounding area that have a focus on mental health, or have been specifically organised to recognise World Mental Health Day.
For more information about any of the events or activities listed below, click on the event title to take you to a webpage that will provide more information.
Community Access Support Service (CASS) Bristol – Social Media Posters – 7th – 11th October
For World Mental Health Day this year, CASS have partnered with some local organisations to produce posters promoting their peer-support services. Watch out for these posters appearing on Twitter and Facebook, and throughout the city, from October 7th.
World Mental Health Day at Origin Workspace – Thursday 10th October – Origin Workspace
A day of events and activities dedicated to wellness and taking care of mental wellbeing, taking place at Origin Workspace, in Berkeley Square, near Clifton.
Reflection — A Curated art exhibition of mirrors – Thursday 10th – Sunday 20th October – Left Handed Giant Brewpub
Maya & Safehouse Present, in partnership with Off The Record, Bristol Mind & Left Handed Giant, Reflection – A Curated art exhibition of mirrors. This exhibition, featuring work from Artists, Illustrators, Designers, Sign Writers and Graffiti Artists, will be fundraising for Off The Record and Bristol Mind.
Dawn Till Dusk – Thursday 10th October – Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare
Warriors of Wellbeing and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership are organising a day of activity to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2019.
- 07:15: Dawn Dawgs Walk – a walk from Royal Sands along Weston beach. Richard and rescue dog Roobi, will be highlighting the mental health benefits of fresh air, exercise and contact with our four-legged friends. Please join us for the walk, chat about mental health and bring your furry friend too!
- 18:15: Sunset Guided Mindfulness – a guided mindfulness session at the end of Clevedon Pier.
- 18:45: Wellbeing Music Parade – follow the Ambling Brass Band along Clevedon seafront to the Salthouse Pub.
- 19:00: Mental Matters Pub Quiz – hosted at the Salthouse Pub Clevedon, all proceeds from this quiz go towards future mental health events and patient care. £1 entry.
Clothes Swap – Thursday 10th October – The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol
Fancy refreshing your wardrobe? Changes Bristol are hosting a clothes swap, to co-incide with World Mental Health Day. £5 entry – all proceeds help Changes Bristol fund mental health services. For more information, take a look at the official Facebook event, linked in the title above.
Second Step Community Rehabilitation Service – Celebratory Event – Thursday 10th October – The Station Bristol
The Community Rehabilitation Service will is holding a celebratory event on World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2019, for clients, staff and friends at The Station in central Bristol.
Dark Room: The Unseen Taboo: Discussion Event – Thursday 10th October – 14:00 – 16:00 – The Students’ Union at UWE, Frenchay Campus
Join students and Project Zazi (Off the Record’s BME youth mental health initiative) who will be creating a safe and inclusive space to discuss mental health in Black communities.
Fishing for Wellbeing – Starting Thursday 10th October
A new active wellness course, Fishing for Wellbeing, delivered by the Bristol Active Life Project, starts this World Mental Health Day.
Portishead Hopewalk – Saturday 12th October – 18:00 – 20:00 – Portishead
We are Aware, in association with Papyrus, are staging a lantern-lit Hopewalk around the Marine Lake grounds in Portishead to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. The walk will be joined by the The Ambling Band.
Mental Wealth Lab – Wednesday 16th October – 18:00 – 21:00 – Bristol Business School, UWE Frenchay
Ben Smith, from the401challenge, will deliver a talk as part of the UWE Bristol Mental Wealth Lab Initiative, discussing his experience of mental ill-health.
Celebrating World Mental Health Day – Open Discussion Event – Friday 18th October 13:00 – 15:00 – Old Market
The Seventh-Day Adventist Church will be holding an event at Fi Real Restaurant, Old Market, discussing the stigma surrounding anxiety and depression, mental health discrimination, and different types of mental health conditions. For more information, take a look at the poster for the event.
October 7, 2019 at 3:20 pm | News | No comment
September 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm
Update: thank you to everyone who sent in a bid – this round of funding has now closed. This page has been retained for information only – further information regarding the future of the fund will be released shortly.
As part of a suicide prevention campaign later this year, a fund has been launched to support local groups whose work helps to prevent suicide and self-harm across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
In particular, we are looking for imaginative and innovative projects which aim to reduce the numbers of suicides in:
- middle aged men
- men and women aged 16-25
- BAME communities
- LGBTQ+ communities
- Disabled communities
This innovation grant is available to support new or emerging projects. They can benefit from a small pot of funding that is intended to support initiatives that prevent suicides and reduce self-harm in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).
Applicants can apply for one-off funding grants of up to £250 towards their project (or up to £500 where it is across BNSSG). There is a total funding pot of £4,500 available.
How do I apply and when is the closing date?
Applications for the fund will close on Friday 18 October 2019 and the application form can be found here. Completed application forms need to be submitted to: engagement[@]imhn.org (removing the brackets from that email address).
Please note that applications will be considered in the order that they are received; please therefore send your application in as soon as you can, as interest is high.
Tom Renhard, CEO of the Independent Mental Health Network, said:
“We are really pleased to be supporting local efforts by groups that are leading the fight to prevent suicide and self-harm across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, where we know a small amount of seed funding can make a bigger difference to people who know their communities well and what is needed.
“I am hopeful that as part of a wider campaign launching later this year, we will be able to enable more initiatives to flourish and support a wider regional ambition to reduce the number of people taking their own lives. One life lost is one too many, and there is plenty for us all to do to ensure people know there is support available out there.
“If you are interested in getting involved in the campaign that will launch in November, do send an email to email@example.com.”
Notes to editors:
Who are IMHN?
The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of mental health services, as well as those with lived experience of mental health.
By working together, we believe that we can be a force for positive change in the way that mental health is treated, perceived, and recognised.
Who are the people behind the fund?
The Fund is supported by the Suicide Prevention Transformation Working Group that brings together organisations from across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The organisations include:
- Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
- Bristol City Council
- Bristol North Somerset & South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG)
- Community Access Support Service (CASS)
- Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN)
- North Somerset Council
- Public Health England
- Second Step
- South Gloucestershire Council
- University of Bristol
- University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
September 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm | News | No comment
September 12, 2019 at 3:06 pm
One in four people are affected by mental health problems every year. But not everyone feels comfortable discussing their mental health with their doctor, or even family and friends. Many struggle on alone and find it hard to access the help they need. The Time to Change campaign aims to change this, by reducing the stigma around talking about mental health conditions, helping people to share their experiences, and finding the most appropriate support.
Members of the public, including Lockleaze & Horfield Councillor Gill Kirk, attended an event at the Old Library on Muller Road on Monday 29th July. Lifting the Myth of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was organised by Tracy Tainton, herself living with an OCD diagnosis, and was supported by the local Time to Change Champions Fund in partnership with OCD Action and the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN).
The event was an initial discussion workshop looking at what it’s like to live with OCD and how this condition can be mis-portrayed in the media. A type of anxiety disorder, OCD is experienced in the form of obsession with intensely negative, repetitive and intrusive thoughts, fear of harm, and/or compulsive patterns of behaviour to reduce the anxiety caused by these thoughts. It is not just about cleanliness or neatness, and many people tend to over-use the term ‘OCD-ish’ without understanding the distressing and debilitating nature of the disorder in its severest form.
This workshop was a relaxed opportunity to chat in small groups, listen to people with lived experience of OCD with family members and friends who support them. Tracy Tainton, who is also a trustee of IMHN, said:
Thank you to everyone who contributed to a frank and open discussion around OCD, especially those who were very open about their diagnosis. Being candid can be so hard and fearful for sufferers: a big well done. Next step is to look at setting up a peer-support / social group in Bristol specifically for those with lived experience of OCD.
The Independent Mental Health Network also campaigns to ensure that local mental health services provide the best possible care and access for patients, with input from service users themselves, and for there to be greater parity of esteem between mental and physical health. If you would like to know more about the Independent Mental Health Network, or the work of their Bristol branch, BIMHN, then please email engagement[@]imhn.org (taking out the brackets in the email address).
The aim of this event was to gauge interest in an OCD support / social group. Tracy is delighted to report that there has been an initial session of this organised for Tuesday 24th September at 7.30pm on the Gloucester Road (exact location to be confirmed). If you are interested in attending, or would like more information, please email Tracy at tracy_tainton[@]yahoo.co.uk (taking out the brackets from the email address) .
September 12, 2019 at 3:06 pm | News | No comment
August 10, 2019 at 9:30 am
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) has signed the ‘Time to Change’ employer pledge. The pledge is a way for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to changing the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace, and supporting the wellbeing of staff.
The CCG has already made headway in recruiting a number of ‘Time to Change staff champions’, who will be key in driving change across the organisation, and developing new and different ways of raising awareness of mental health.
Dr David Soodeen, the CCG’s Clinical Lead for Mental Health, and Time to Change Governing Body champion, said:
“We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we’re supporting employees to open up; to talk and to listen.
One in four people are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year. It’s a myth to think that people with mental health problems can’t work – with the right knowledge and skills we can help our employees to stay well.
Signing the pledge demonstrates our continued commitment to tackling mental health stigma and ensuring that we’re providing staff with a great place to work.”
Over the next few months, the CCG will be working with Time to Change Bristol to put its commitment into practice, starting with a Time to Change staff workshop led by people with lived experience of mental health from Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN). The champions network is also launching a ‘temperature check’ survey to understand more about people’s experiences and views, and inform the organisation’s Time to Change action plan.
Independent Mental Health Network CEO, Tom Renhard, said:
“We are really pleased to have attended the signing of the Time to Change Employer’s Pledge by BNSSG CCG, one of the few CCG’s in the country to have done so. We have been working closely with the organisation to support the development of the action plan and delivered a workshop for staff at the CCG.
Alongside Bristol City Council, it is encouraging to know that city leaders are firmly committed to challenging mental health stigma and discrimination. We are committed to supporting organisations to sign the pledge and be leading organisations in the fight to end mental health stigma and discrimination.
If you are reading this article as an organisation that is yet to sign up, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we can support you on your journey to improve mental health in the workplace.”
CCG Chief Executive, Julia Ross, said:
“We are delighted to be signing the Time to Change pledge today. As well as demonstrating our commitment to supporting mental health at work, it’s a reflection of the strength of the action plan we submitted earlier in the year.
We’re ambitious about the health of our population, and that includes the people who work with us. If we’re going to continue to attract and retain the very best people, it’s important that we create a healthy and inclusive environment for everyone.”
Time to Change is an anti-stigma campaign run by the leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It has been shown to have a positive impact on attitudes and behaviour towards people who are experiencing mental health problems.
The pledge was signed at the CCG Governing Body meeting on August 6 by BNSSG CCG Chief Executive, Julia Ross and Clinical Chair Dr Jonathan Hayes.
Notes to editors:
- Julia Ross, Chief Executive, BNSSG CCG signed the Time To Change pledge at the CCG Governing Body meeting on 6 August, 1.30pm – 5.30pm at Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ.
- For more information about Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group please visit: www.bnssgccg.nhs.uk
For access to a range of free images to accompany mental health news stories please visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/getthepicture. These images have been developed by Time to Change.
Time to Change
Time to Change is a campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen.
For more information go to www.time-to-change.org.uk.
Time to Change Bristol
Time to Change Bristol Hub is a partnership of local organisations and people who are committed to ending mental health stigma and discrimination. It is made up of the 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.
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August 10, 2019 at 9:30 am | News | No comment
Shape the future of mental health services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire!
July 14, 2019 at 12:15 am
Have you accessed mental health support in the area?
Attempted to, but not been successful?
Caring for, or supporting someone else with lived experience of mental health?
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) are the local body responsible for ensuring delivery of mental health services. They have begun a review of mental health services across the combined three areas. As part of this, BIMHN wants to ensure that people who have lived experience of accessing mental health support (either personally, or as a carer for someone who has) are able to share experiences their experiences and feed into this review.
We have launched a survey to gather feedback about what’s working well, what’s not and what would make the biggest difference to the area’s mental health services in years to come.
The survey is closes on Friday 9th August.
As a thank you, there is the option to enter a prize draw to win one of 15 £25 One4All gift card vouchers.
Mental Health Conversations
Additionally, there are two feedback-gathering Mental Health Conversations events taking place, at:
- The Vassall Centre, Bristol, on Monday 29th July 2019
- The Royal Hotel, Weston-super-Mare, on Thursday 1st August 2019
All are welcome. The events are free, but please register your place by clicking the links above. Mental Health Conversations have always been very well attended, with spaces often running out in advance, so be quick!
Want to get involved in a different way? Email us at engagement[@]imhn.org so we can have a chat.
July 14, 2019 at 12:15 am | News | No comment
June 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often misunderstood and mis-portrayed in the media. You’ve seen people on TV or in films being portrayed as having OCD, and it looks like it’s a funny, eccentric and harmless condition. That’s what you come away with after watching Jack Nicholson in “As Good As It Gets” or the private detective, Monk in the TV detective series of the same name.
But it’s not funny, and people who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can often lead distressed, restricted and sometimes damaged lives – unless they know where to get help.
Lifting the Myth of OCD is an initial discussion workshop which aims to bring together those with lived experience of OCD, their loved ones, and those who know nothing of OCD but would like to know more.
Tracy Tainton, event organiser and trustee of the Independent Mental Health Network, said:
“The condition is poorly understood and often poorly diagnosed. There’s a social stigma that goes with it that’s totally without justification. Eccentric behaviours like being neat and tidy, frequent handwashing, or avoiding dirt and germs are what most people think of, but OCD is a real mental health condition, which can be managed and treated with talking therapies and sometimes prescription drugs. We need to recognise it for what it is and get people the help that works for them.”
The session will take place on Monday 29th July, between 18:00 – 21:00, at the Old Library, Muller Road, Eastville, BS5 6XP. The event is free but spaces are limited – please book your place here.
June 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm | News | No comment