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Improving suicide bereavement support in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Improving suicide bereavement support in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire


[Content note; this article contains references to bereavement by suicide] IMHN, in partnership with the Community Access Support Service (CASS) Bristol, are hosting a set of workshop sessions looking at improving what support is available to people who have been bereaved by suicide in the local area. We will be…
Join the IMHN team!

Join the IMHN team!


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 – you may be…
Help shape the delivery of the Community Mental Health Framework in the South West

Help shape the delivery of the Community Mental Health Framework in the South West


IMHN are running six focus groups in December that each look at a different element of the NHS' Community Mental Health Framework. These focus groups will help directly shape what the roll-out of the Framework looks like in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. Developing peer support approaches…
Announcing the launch of the LGBTQ+ Wellbeing Fund

Announcing the launch of the LGBTQ+ Wellbeing Fund


Content note; this piece contains discussions of LGBTQ+ and mental health issues. The Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire LGBTQ+ Mental Health Lived Experience Steering Group is excited to launch a micro-grants fund for projects that will raise awareness or shine a light on mental wellbeing in the LGBTQ+ community.…
First meeting of the LGBTQ+ Mental Health Steering Group+

First meeting of the LGBTQ+ Mental Health Steering Group+


Last Friday, the first formal meeting of the BNSSG LGBTQ+ Mental Health Lived Experience Steering Group took place. This was an exciting session because it represented the culmination of a number of planning sessions that have taken place over recent months. The main part of the meeting was welcoming a co-chair of…
News from the South Gloucestershire Wellbeing Network

News from the South Gloucestershire Wellbeing Network


Give us the benefit of your experience Get involved with the South Gloucestershire Wellbeing Network. Be part of establishing a vocal and influential group that will speak out about mental health support in South Gloucestershire. Join our mailing list today to receive updates about the network. The network is a…
Get involved with the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire LGBTQ+ Steering Group

Get involved with the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire LGBTQ+ Steering Group


Click here to be taken to the webpage for the LGBTQ+ Wellbeing Fund The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) is a membership-led organisation 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. By working…
Opportunities to represent our network and support our work in the South West

Opportunities to represent our network and support our work in the South West


There are three branches of the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) in the South West. These are the BIMHN in Bristol; Clarity-NSIMHN in North Somerset; and South Gloucestershire IMHN. Branches and members of branches support local projects improving mental healthcare and support in their respective areas, as well as working…
24/7 Support & Connect - a new mental health line for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

24/7 Support & Connect - a new mental health line for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire


A new immediate emotional and practical support helpline An NHS, free, confidential 24/7 helpline has launched, provided by Vita Health Group, in partnership with Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. The service is called 24/7 Support & Connect. This line is staffed by experienced counsellors, who you can talk…
Opportunity: BNSSG COVID-19 Lived Experience Steering Group

Opportunity: BNSSG COVID-19 Lived Experience Steering Group


In recent months, local mental health organisations and service providers have come together from across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area to form the BNSSG Mental Health & Wellbeing Cell. This Cell is part of a wider structure in the South West that is co-ordinating the health…
Bristol Sight Loss Council visual impairment forum - Tuesday 21 July

Bristol Sight Loss Council visual impairment forum - Tuesday 21 July


The Thomas Pocklington Trust has been in touch to share news about the Bristol Sight Loss Council visual impairment (VI) forum, which next meets on Tuesday 21 July. The forum is a chance for visually impaired people to share experiences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.  The Bristol Sight Loss Council is funded…
New charter pledges to put the voice of people at the heart of new services

New charter pledges to put the voice of people at the heart of new services


Tom Renhard, IMHN's CEO, has been supporting the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to co-produce the The Working with People and Communities Charter, which represents a new commitment to working with the community to plan future health services. The Charter has been co-produced by the CCG and members…