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Opportunity: developing a 24/7 mental health helpline for BNSSG

Opportunity: developing a 24/7 mental health helpline for BNSSG


The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) is supporting the development of a new 24/7 mental health helpline due to start operating soon in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area. We are looking for up to fifteen people from across the BNSSG area, with experience of accessing mental…
Announcing IMHN as the Independent Facilitator of Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement across Greater Manchester

Announcing IMHN as the Independent Facilitator of Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement across Greater Manchester


Announcing IMHN as the Independent Facilitator of Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement across Greater Manchester The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) has been announced as the new Independent Facilitator for the Greater Manchester Adult Mental Health Service User Network. IMHN will be working closely with people with lived experience of…
Join our organisation and shape the wider mental health movement

Join our organisation and shape the wider mental health movement


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 health and social care services? If so - the Independent Mental…
Survey launched: access to mental health support amidst Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Survey launched: access to mental health support amidst Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic


The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) have launched a survey, asking for people's experiences about accessing mental health support within the last few weeks. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, we know how vital it is to ensure that people are able to access timely and effective mental health support.…
IMHN launches mental health services directory amidst Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

IMHN launches mental health services directory amidst Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic


The Independent Mental Health Network are building a guide to local mental health services and organisations in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. The guide brings together service updates about how these organisations have been affected by the measures being taken to tackle the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and whether they…
Coronavirus: advice concerning repeat prescriptions

Coronavirus: advice concerning repeat prescriptions


Many people take medication; some people take medication for their mental health, some people for their physical health, and many people for both. The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) has been seeking guidance on behalf of people who take medication, particularly those that receive repeat prescriptions. Bristol, North Somerset and South…
An update from the Independent Mental Health Network

An update from the Independent Mental Health Network


  This post addresses the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) pandemic and the arrangements we are putting in place at the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN). We know that many of you will be experiencing the impact of Coronavirus and are worried about what it could mean over the coming weeks.…
Gathering views on mental health apps to help improve local crisis care

Gathering views on mental health apps to help improve local crisis care


Members of the Independent Mental Health Network in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol are currently working on a project to improve support and care pathways for those experiencing a mental health crisis in the local area. In order to investigate how this support can be improved, we have launched…
Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset Suicide Prevention Summit – Monday 13 January 2020

Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset Suicide Prevention Summit – Monday 13 January 2020


Thank you to everyone that attended the Summit. You can keep up to date with our work in this area here.  In partnership with civic and healthcare authorities across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, the Independent Mental Health Network (‘IMHN’) are proud to announce the upcoming Suicide Prevention Summit.…
Christmas Mental Health and Wellbeing Services Guide 2019 (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)

Christmas Mental Health and Wellbeing Services Guide 2019 (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)


Please note that this guide was put together for the December 2019 to January 2020 festive period. The information contained within the guide may now be out of date. Update: in response to feedback, we have assembled a re-formatted version of the guide that is less condensed and intended to…
General Election 2019: Mental Health and the Manifestos

General Election 2019: Mental Health and the Manifestos


Content headnote: this article references mental health in a variety of contexts, including but not limited to mental health treatment; discrimination; medication; conditions; out-of-area placements; crime; trauma; and suicide. This post intends to provide a factual and straightforward re-statement of pledges and commitments relating to mental health and mental health…
Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund launches second round of funding

Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund launches second round of funding


Content note; please note that this piece contains discussions of suicide and self-harm.  The Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund, launched by IMHN in the run up to Shine On (a campaign about working together to prevent suicide) back in September 2019. The fund was launched to support local groups whose work helps to…