Mental Health Support

MHNE Latest Bulletin 

Please find attached MHNE latest bulletin – if you would like to publicise your organisation, events, news etc in the bulletin please contact me at . 

Also attached is information and booking form for North Durham Women’s Conference—100 years of progress? Stanley Civic Hall—Saturday 20th October 2018 from 9.00—4.30pm. Please complete booking form and contact Rose to request a place – 

Best Wishes Lyn Kind regards Lyn Lyn Boyd CEO Mental Health North East Mental Health North East Birtley CDC Drum Park Drum Lane Industrial Estate Chester-le-Street Co Durham DH2 1AE 0191 4111 962

Fire Service Film is public

Just to let you know that as agreed the film we have created with County Durham Fire & Rescue Service has gone out through our Social Media this morning, this is the link to the film on You Tube 

Please do go on to our Facebook & Twitter and like and share the film and help get it out in advance of World Mental Health Day . 

As a reminder our Facebook Page is @StampOutStigmaInDurham and our Twitter is @_StampOutStigma Look forward to seeing you at the Stamp It Out meeting tomorrow afternoon. 

Best Wishes, Chris Project Officer We have moved office please amend your records: Sjvoll Centre, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH15BZ Telephone: 0191 3077030| Mobile: 07453 058986 Visit us at: 

Have your say - mental health services

Around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Getting the right support at the right time is vital and so we are looking into how well mental health services in County Durham are working. We'd love to hear your experiences of mental health services, whether you're a service user, relative or carer. What worked well for you and what do you think could be improved? If you were in charge, what would you change? Tell us your views and help us identify changes that could make services better for everyone. And don't worry, your personal information will be treated in strict confidence.

If you work in mental health services we'd also like to hear from you about how you think your work affects your wellbeing and what support there is to help you stay well at work.

Mental Health - Better Together VCS Policy Forum Report **New**

You may have participated in, or been aware of the Policy Forum about Mental Health, which was convened on Friday 6th July. This was the first in series of Policy Forums which are being coordinated via the Better Together Forum. Better Together is an informal network of county wide and specialist VCS organisations which provide services for communities across County Durham.

The Forum attracted a broad cross section of stakeholders with an interest and in-depth understanding about how mental health support is being provided in the County. Delegates included elected members, VCS service providers, commissioners, NHS Foundation Trust managers and CCG representatives. The content provided an overview about how governance and commissioning is emerging and developing across both health and social care sectors, how services are provided via TEWV, and the challenges and opportunities which VCS providers of mental health support services are working with. The underlying theme was one of cross sector partnership working, which is why we are keen to share messages from the delegates who took part. 

We’re pleased to be able to circulate the attached report, which summarises the presentations from the morning and the ensuing discussions. I’d like to draw your attention to the next steps we agreed as a result, and which are detailed at the end of the four page report. If you have any queries or would like any additional information, please do contact me , or Ian Hunter Smart , who is supporting the Better Together Network. 

All best wishes, Jo Joanna Laverick Executive Director, Durham Community Action

Mental Health Focus Group....**urgent request **New**

I am involved with the Mental Health at Scale Task Group in the County Durham Partnership and we are looking at the following … and would like to see if any organisations would be willing to help by co-ordinating a focus group… 

This is a really quick turnaround and I would love to hear from any organisations who will be willing to help me please … Background The County Durham Partnership has commissioned an independent piece of research around mental health and the prevention of suicide. 

We want to understand: The challenges surrounding mental health and the prevention of suicide. How these issues are discussed in the places where people live, work and socialise. People’s awareness, or otherwise, of the help and support that is available. We are interested in discussing this with men aged 40 – 49. Looking ahead, the research should generate useful, practical insights that local partners can use to help more people to get the help and support they need. 

Purpose of the focus groups To help us generate those insights, the research agency we have appointed – Social Engine - will organise a focus groups with men aged 40 – 49. The purpose of the focus groups is to hear: Participants’ perspectives on mental health and wellbeing. How they talk about these issues and the language they use. Their awareness of advice and support services. The facilitator of the group will ask around half a dozen questions and encourage people to voluntarily share their views, perspectives and ideas on each question. We may also share a reflections sheet which participants can, again voluntarily, use to capture some thoughts on paper. We will not ask people to talk about their own personal experiences of being affected by poor mental health . 

Organisers The focus groups will be organised by Social Engine, an independent research organisation. Social Engine works with charities, unions and the public sector to help organisations deliver their goals and improve the lives of communities. Its focus is on better understanding how and why people behave in the way that they do. The Social Engine team working on this project includes experts in focus group research and the mental health agenda. All the groups would be run expert facilitators with many years of experience. Practical matters The focus group will be held at appropriate times and locations that are familiar and comfortable to the participants. They will last between 45 minutes and one hour. There will be up to 10 individual participants in the focus group. Only people who freely consent to take part will do so. There will be a facilitator who will keep the discussion moving and take a few written notes. At the start of the session, the facilitator will ask people to complete a very short form confirming again that they are happy to take part voluntarily. The facilitator will also outline some basic ground-rules, such as respecting confidentiality, and check to see if participants have any questions. Participants are free to leave before the end of the session. 

What we will not do We will not ask people to talk about their own experiences of being affected by poor mental health. We will not record people’s personal detail other than confirmation that they have agreed to take part in the discussion. We will not share the views and experience that we gather beyond the research team. We will not record the discussion in audio or video format. We will not ‘quiz’ people – this is not a test of a knowledge but a chance to share their views and perspectives.

Questions? If you have any questions, please contact me in the first instance I look forward to hearing from you … Many thanks Sam Ms Sam Scotchbrook Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447

Children and young peoples mental health Involvement opportunities **New**

Please find attached some parent/carer involvement opportunities organised by the North East Clinical Networks. Please share with any parents/carers and young people who might be interested. This is a great way to help make a difference to the future of children and young people’s mental health services

MHNE’s latest bulletin July 2018 **New**

Please find attached MHNE’s latest bulletin packed as usual with up to date information on a wide range of issues. Hope you all have a great long weekend.

Best Wishes 
Lyn Lyn Boyd 
CEO Mental Health North East 
Mental Health North East 
Birtley CDC Drum Park Drum Lane Industrial Estate 
Co Durham DH2 1AE

NSUN Bulletin Monday 16 April 2018 **New**

Welcome to the 16 April edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.


Improving Access to Mental Health Services Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – (IAPT) 

Have you or a family member had an experience of psychological therapies e.g. counselling or CBT? We talked to people in 2017 about how we could improve mental health services and we would now like to discuss with you our plans for the new service. 

Please come along to our focus group on 
Tuesday 27th March 1.30 – 3pm at North Road Methodist Church DH1 4SG and give us your views and suggestions. 

For more information or to confirm your attendance please contact North Durham CCG on 0191 389 8617 or email

NSUN Bulletin Monday 6 November - special edition: Mental Health Act review **Current**

The Mental Health Act review The Prime Minister has announced plans for an independent review of the Mental Health Act. Our '' feature contains links to the the government's announcement and the policy paper ('terms of reference'). The terms of reference state that the review should closely involve service users and carers (both current and past) in all aspects of its work.

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MHNE Bulletin Autumn, Winter 2017 **Current**

Please find MHNE’s latest bulletin packed with information on latest funds, news, new and old members, events etc. MHNE will be collating information on services which will be accessible and other help available for people suffering mental distress during the festive period.

If you know of any organisation offering support over this period, please send details to Liz on

Your August Mental Health First Aid newsletter **Current**

Welcome to your Mental Health First Aid England newsletter for August. This month we have lots of exciting news from the mental health sector, including results from our recent MHFA delegate survey, an update on the Youth MHFA in Schools programme and a roundup of calendar events between now and October.

MHNE Bulletin**Current**

Hello everyone, and welcome to the latest addition of MHNE’s packed, in-formative and entertaining (we hope!) bulletin. We’re sorry that you haven’t heard from us for some time but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening: there has been much activity lately for this all–volunteer organisation: some people have gained paid employment, and there’s also been a happy event for Victoria and Gareth (mother and baby Freya are doing well).

Number of University Dropouts Due to Mental Health Problems Trebles **Current**

The number of students to drop out of university with mental health problems has more than trebled in recent years, official figures show. Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) revealed that a record 1,180 students who experienced mental health problems left university early in 2014-15, the most recent year in which data was available. It represents a 210% increase from 380 in 2009-10. 

The figures have prompted charities, counsellors and health experts to urge higher education institutions to ensure the right support is in place.

Support & Recovery North / South and Community Floating Support **Current**

In-House Provider for Durham County Council


Previously Support & Recovery North / South and Community Floating Support had office accommodation based in Spectrum 8 Seaham, Coulson Street Spennymoor and Station Road Chester–le Street.


We have consolidated the three teams into one to enable countywide access to the whole team skill base, although Community Floating Support (CFS) are still only commissioned to cover Chester-le-Street, Durham, Sedgefield and The Dales.

All 3 staff teams moved into premises at Finchale in December 2016.

We are pleased to inform you that Support & Recovery now operate as one team, (with CFS remaining as a locality-based service for primary care only) this will enable the service to work more efficiently and productively.   This change came into effect on 1st April 2017.

New Office Base Address and Contact Details:

Support & Recovery

Finchale Training College

Pity Me



Tel:    Support & Recovery 03000262147 Community Floating Support   03000269071

Fax No: Support & Recovery  0191 3898194 Community Floating Support  0191 3898235

Jackie Ball / Diane Worthington - Area Managers         

Mental Health and Suicide Awareness/Prevention **Current**

The Derwent Valley Partnership is working with If U Care Share Foundation to deliver mental health awareness related sessions for all local youth groups to access free of charge.
We are also offering STOP courses to groups, organisations and sports clubs (and their employees) to help raise awareness of suicide prevention and offer skills training to those who may work with vulnerable adults and/or young people in particular, again, these courses are being offered free of charge on a first come, first served basis.
If you or your organisation would like to take part in these courses, please contact If U Care Share directly using the contact details provided on the publicity, equally, if you know any organisations who you feel would benefit from the training, please forward these details to them.

Dancing in the rain with Pooky- my new weekly podcast **Current**

I’ve recently started producing a weekly podcast. The aim is to take an informal yet informative look at the world of mental health.

It combines a range of the latest ideas and research that might help you in your role as parent, teacher or other adult supporting a child as well as talking to people of interest (authors, educators, parents, policy makers etc) who I come across in my work in interviews which aim to go a little beyond the norm and draw on personal ideas and experience. I also share ideas from my daughters, Lyra and Ellie and draw on my personal experience as I'm currently battling anorexia, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and feelings.