Time to Talk about Mental Health : OCD & Pure OCD

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

Local CCG sign Time to Change Employer’s Pledge

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 ttcbristol@gmail.com 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.

 

 

ENDS

 

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.

 

Media contacts:

 

Sean Gilchrist, Communications Officer

sean.gilchrist1@nhs.net

0117 984 1644

 

CCG Press Office

bnssg.communications@nhs.net

0300 123 4476

 

 

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.

Our Survey

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:

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.

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Lifting the Myth of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Open Discussion Event – Monday 29th July

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.

 

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Join us for BIMHN’s next Monthly Meeting – Monday 10th June

June 5, 2019 at 9:07 pm

The next monthly meeting of the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network will take place on Monday 10th June, between 13:00 – 15:30, at St James Priory (near Bristol Bus Station). You are welcome to come along and join us for light refreshments before the meeting starts (served from 12:30).

Monthly meetings are where our members come together to discuss matter relating to mental health that are important to them. There will also be updates of ongoing projects, and guest speakers may be scheduled.

Members will have been sent a notification and documents relating to the meeting to their email addresses. If you think you should have received this but haven’t, please contact us.

Note: we would like to emphasise the importance of attending meetings to ensure that your views are heard. If you can’t make any meetings and want to let us know about your experiences of mental health services, please contact us. You don’t need to sign up or ‘RSVP’ for meetings in advance; the only condition to attendance is membership of BIMHN.

June 5, 2019 at 9:07 pm | News | No comment

Mental Health and Housing Working Group – Reports and Recommendations

May 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm

The Mental Health and Housing Working Group (a partnership of the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (‘BIMHN’), Second Step and local homelessness agencies) have today published a report calling for changes to homeless policy. 

A key recommendation of the report is that homeless policy in Bristol must prioritise mental health support. 80% of people who are homeless report having a mental health problem.

The five key recommendations to Bristol city leaders are that they must:

  • Ensure a joined up citywide approach to the homeless problem involving expert organisations and people with lived experience;
  • Protect mental health support services to help reduce risk of homelessness;
  • Ensure Housing First is an option for people with more complex needs;
  • Increase expertise in dealing with the dual diagnosis of mental health and drug and/or alcohol problems;
  • Educate landlords about mental health risks and housing options for people with mental health problems so they can intervene early.

Tom Renhard, Chief Executive of the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) said:

“The report’s recommendations are authentic and rooted in the views and lived experience of people who use mental health services, which is why city leaders need to hear what we are saying and implement changes”.

The Mental Health and Housing Working Group: Report & Recommendations May 2019 is available to download here. The file format is .pdf. The report appendices are available here.

Notes: BIMHN is the Bristol branch of the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN). IMHN is a charity that represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of mental health services; as well as those with lived experience of mental health. We work together for positive change in the way that mental health is treated, perceived, and recognised.

May 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm | News | No comment

Join our team!

May 10, 2019 at 8:08 am

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

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

If so – we want to hear from you!

We are currently recruiting:

  • Project Coordinator (Representation and Engagement) – fixed term to March 31st 2020
  • Administrative Assistant (Finance) – fixed term, 1st July – 30th September 2019
  • Trustees – voluntary position for a three-year term

IMHN, the charitable incorporated organisation (‘CIO’) that supports organisations such as the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) and Clarity-NSIMHN in their work, has several opportunities for the right people to help lead and drive the charity through an exciting new phase in its journey and development. More information about each opportunity is below and if you have any queries please get in touch with us using the contact details provided.


Project Coordinator (Representation and Engagement)

Salary:  £19,500 (pro-rata)
Hours:  Part-time – 10.5 hours per week (fixed term to March 31st, 2020)

Information about the post

The post-holder will be expected to provide all aspects of project coordination to the organisation’s representation and engagement functions, which will involve working closely with different stakeholders, including: IMHN Board of Trustees, IMHN members, funders, providers of mental health services, etc. This will also include providing support for representatives with lived experience of mental health problems attending meetings on behalf of the organisation.

The post will be a combination of being based in central Bristol and home working. However, this may also include travel to meetings across the Bristol area and wider West of England region. It will also be a requirement of the role to work Monday afternoons. The role may also include occasional evening and weekend working hours.

Full information about the post can be found by clicking the job description and person specification link.

Job description and person specification
IMHN Application Form – Project Coordinator
IMHN equal opportunities monitoring form

How to apply

To apply for this post, please send in your completed application form, CV and monitoring form to trustees@imhn.org, by no later than 12 noon, Friday 31st May 2019.

Interviews will take place on Friday 14th June 2019.


Administrative Assistant (Finance)

Salary:  £9 per hour
Hours:  Part-time, 15 hours per month (fixed term 1st July – 30th September 2019)

Information about the post

The post-holder will be expected to provide all aspects of administrative support to the organisation’s finance functions, which will involve working closely with different stakeholders, including: IMHN Board of Trustees, IMHN members, funders, providers of mental health services, etc. This may also include additional adhoc general administrative support.

The post will be a combination of being based in central Bristol and home working. However, this may also include travel to meetings across the Bristol area and wider West of England region. It is preferred that the role will be available to work at least some of these hours on Fridays. Training will also be provided to support development in role. Dependent on funding, there may be an option to extend the role beyond 30th September 2019.

Full information about the post can be found by clicking the job description and person specification link.

Job description and person specification
IMHN Application Form – Administrative Assistant
IMHN equal opportunities monitoring form

How to apply

To apply for this post, please send in your completed application form, CV and monitoring form to trustees@imhn.org, by no later than 12 noon, Friday 31st May 2019.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 19th June 2019.


Volunteer opportunity – Trustee

It is expected you will be able to commit about a day a month to assist in influencing the development of a young, dynamic and growing organisation.

We recommend you take a look at the following documents; they may provide assistance with writing your application, and assist with understanding the way that the charity operates.

Trustee Recruitment Pack (May 2019)

IMHN Constitution (last amended January 2017)

IMHN Constitution – Bye Laws (last amended January 2017)

How to apply

To apply to be a Trustee, please send in your CV and covering letter to trustees@imhn.org, by no later than 12 noon, Friday 31st May 2019.

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 10th June 2019. Please ensure you tell us about any dates that you cannot attend during that week when submitting your application.

For an informal conversation about the role or organisation, please email Tom Renhard at 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

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 undertaken many successful projects including:

  • Hosting Peerfest 2017 in Bristol with local partners after competing in a national tendering exercise.
  • Taking part in several ward visits and service redesign exercises including Bristol’s mental health crisis houses.
  • Delivering a workshop focusing on a new ‘crisis café’ that will be coming to Weston-Super-Mare later in 2019.
  • Leading on the local Time to Change Bristol Hub, working with local partners to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
  • We are also currently supporting the development of Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG’s mental health strategy.

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

May 10, 2019 at 8:08 am | News | No comment

Join us for BIMHN’s next Monthly Meeting – Monday 13th May

May 7, 2019 at 9:06 pm

The next monthly meeting of the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network will take place on Monday 13th May, between 13:00 – 15:30, at St James Priory (near Bristol Bus Station). You are welcome to come along and join us for light refreshments before the meeting starts (served from 12:30).

Monthly meetings are where our members come together to discuss matter relating to mental health that are important to them. There will also be updates of ongoing projects, and guest speakers may be scheduled.

Members will have been sent a notification and documents relating to the meeting to their email addresses. If you think you should have received this but haven’t, please contact us.

Note: we would like to emphasise the importance of attending meetings to ensure that your views are heard. If you can’t make any meetings and want to let us know about your experiences of mental health services, please contact us. You don’t need to sign up or ‘RSVP’ for meetings in advance; the only condition to attendance is membership of BIMHN.

May 7, 2019 at 9:06 pm | News | No comment

Join us for BIMHN’s next Monthly Meeting – Monday 8th April

April 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

 

The next monthly meeting of the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network will take place on Monday 8th April, between 13:00 – 15:30, at St James Priory (near Bristol Bus Station). You are welcome to come along and join us for light refreshments before the meeting starts (served from 12:30).

Meeting Details

Monthly meetings are where our members come together to discuss matter relating to mental health that are important to them. There will also be updates of ongoing projects, and guest speakers may be scheduled.

If there is anything you would added to the agenda, please contact us with the details. Otherwise, there will be allotted time in the meeting for ‘any other business.’ We are also pleased to welcome Aden from the national Time to Change campaign as a guest to this meeting.

Further Information

Members will have been sent a notification and documents relating to the meeting to their email addresses. If you think you should have received this but haven’t, please contact us.

Note: we would like to emphasise the importance of attending meetings to ensure that your views are heard. If you can’t make any meetings and want to let us know about your experiences of mental health services, please contact us. You don’t need to sign up or ‘RSVP’ for meetings in advance; the only condition to attendance is membership of BIMHN.

April 2, 2019 at 10:00 am | News | No comment

Focus Group Opportunity with Time to Change!

March 27, 2019 at 8:15 pm

Time to Change are a national campaign that tackles mental health stigma by working to change the way we think and act about mental health problems. They run a number of ongoing initiatives, including Ask Twice, the annual Time to Talk Day, and more. Their work also includes support local hubs, which are centres of focus around anti-stigma work and activities. BIMHN is a partner of Bristol’s Time to Change Hub.

Time to Change runs in ‘phases’, responding to changing and prevailing concerns in the mental health landscape. The main campaign has, is, and always will be about ending negative attitudes towards mental health. However, Time to Change are looking to hear from people about their experiences, so that the priorities and focuses for phase four (which commences in 2021) are effective in ending all mental health stigma and discrimination.

The Focus Group

Time to Change are running a focus group to discuss and gather day-to-day experiences of those with lived experience of mental health problems, to assist them in their future planning.

The session takes place on Monday 29th April, between 13:30 – 15:30 at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol (BS1 2AG).

To recognise your contributions to the session, you will receive £25, plus travel expenses up to a maximum of £15.

It is recommended that you have some knowledge of Time to Change if you wish to attend. You may also find it useful to have a read about our Bristol Time to Change hub, including the work of the Champions Fund. Additionally, you can read more about Time to Change Champions, and how to become one, here.

March 27, 2019 at 8:15 pm | News, Opportunities | No comment

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