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

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

Mental Health Rehabilitation Services Review

February 25, 2019 at 7:14 pm

Background

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) are responsible for introducing and designing local healthcare services, overseeing the implementation of the service providers, and reviewing such services during their operations. These healthcare services include local mental health services, provided across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area.

One such service is the Mental Health Community Rehabilitation service, which provides assistance to people who may need intensive support (perhaps after a long-stay hospital admission). BNSSG CCG are currently reviewing this service, to make sure that the care and support it provides is effective and appropriate for those who make use of it. The review will feed into plans to make sure that there is a consistent local approach to mental health rehabilitation.

Existing services that provide this type of support include Alder Ward (at Callington Road Hospital); Elmham Way (in Worle); and Whittucks Road (in Hanham).

Your Involvement

BNSSG CCG are committed to ensuring that the views of people with lived experience of mental health and carers are heard as part of this review. Lived experience can be your own experience, the experience of someone close to you, or the experience of someone that you care for.

Those who are currently using these services, have previously used these services within the last two years, or could have benefitted from a different means of intervention are amongst those that the CCG is keen to hear from.

What is BIMHN Doing?

BIMHN is taking part in this review by running a survey. This survey is open until Thursday 4th April, and we are encouraging people affected by issues relating to mental health rehabilitation to complete it. Paper surveys are also available – please contact us if you wish to receive one.

We will also be holding two focus groups. We want to hear from a range of voices, so the two sessions will be slightly different.

  • Monday 1st April, 14:30 – 16:30: for family members and carers of those who are currently, or have made use of, mental health rehabilitation services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
  • Wednesday 3rd April, 14:00 – 16:00: for those currently accessing the local mental health community rehabilitation services, or have previously done so.

Please note that both sessions will take place at The Station, on Silver Street, Bristol (BS1 2AG), and last two hours. You can sign up by clicking the dates above and registering on Eventbrite. To recognise contributions to the sessions, reasonable travel expenses (up to £15) will be covered and a gift card worth £25 will be provided as a thank you.

If you have any questions about the review, or comments relating to it, please feel free to contact us.

February 25, 2019 at 7:14 pm | News | No comment

Bristol City Council Signs Time to Change Employer Pledge

February 7, 2019 at 1:37 pm

BIMHN is a partner of the Bristol Time to Change hub, a group of organisations who have come together to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in the city of Bristol.

One of the initiatives that the Hub works on is furthering the reach of the Time to Change Employer Pledge. This is a scheme where employers and businesses sign up and demonstrate their commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace, and make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported by those around them.

The pledge has already been signed by more than 900 employers in England, including those from the FTSE 100, leading retailers, and Government departments.

Yesterday, the day before Time to Talk Day 2019, we are delighted to announce that Bristol City Council has signed the pledge.

This picture shows Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees holding the newly signed Employer Pledge, along with Tom and Liz from the Time to Change Bristol hub, and others (including Keith and Aden from Time to Change UK).

 

February 7, 2019 at 1:37 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

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