Do you have lived experience of mental health crisis services?

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.

November 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm | News, Opportunities | No comment

Volunteering opportunities with the Independent Mental Health Network

October 2, 2019 at 11:47 am

BIMHN is the Bristol branch of the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN), which 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.

As the network grows, we are looking for volunteers to join us and bring new skills and experience to the table. We have two different roles, which will greatly contribute to the work and projects that IMHN are involved with: Content Creators and Event Assistants. Both roles are a great opportunity to experience working with a growing start-up mental health charity.

Within both of these roles, there will also be the opportunity to support a campaign we are launching later this year focused on suicide prevention. This will see activities organised across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire encouraging people to open up about mental health and find out more about support they can access.

Role: Content Creators

We are looking to increase the range, diversity and frequency of our original content across multiple platforms. This includes our monthly newsletters, opportunity mailouts, website content including blog posts and news articles, and social media accounts.

Typical tasks would include researching and writing content for our websites and newsletters (this may include news items, blogs, comments on policy pieces) and drafting posts for social media.

What do we offer?

  • Experience in developing content for different platforms.
  • Visibility of content you post to an audience of thousands of people.
  • The opportunity to develop your skills and experience for use on your CV.
  • A reference letter confirming the skills you developed with us and the number of hours you volunteered for.

Role: Event Assistants

We are looking to increase the range, diversity and frequency of our events across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Currently we run several successful events and meetings across the area. These include:

  • Mental Health Conversations
  • Monthly Member Meetings
  • Panel discussions
  • Engagement activities through the Time to Change Campaign

Typical tasks would include assisting with event planning, promotion and evaluation; supporting attendees at events to ensure that they have the best experience possible; and supporting the development of an annual events cycle.

What do we offer?

  • Experience in running events and understanding the event planning cycle
  • Experience in project coordination.
  • Experience in understanding the policy landscape that mental health operates in.
  • The opportunity to develop your skills and experience for use on your CV.
  • A reference letter confirming the skills you developed with us and the number of hours you volunteered for.

Getting involved: what do we need from you?

  • The expected commitment is between 2 and 4 hours per week, which can be flexible to fit around other commitments including studies.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to absorb and interpret information.
  • Ability to be able to work as part of a team and communicate with others effectively.

Interested?

Send an email with your CV and a short covering letter (up to one side of A4) on why you would like to volunteer with us, what you would bring to the role and what you hope to get out of the role. Completed expressions of interest need to be emailed to engagement[@]imhn.org by Friday 11th October 2019.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, we would be happy to hear from you.

October 2, 2019 at 11:47 am | Opportunities | 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

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, Opportunities | No comment