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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) are to form the BNSSG Mental Health and Wellbeing Cell. This Cell is part of a wider structure in the south-west that is co-ordinating the health and social…
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…
Shape mental health support across Greater Manchester

Shape mental health support across Greater Manchester


We are working with people and communities in Greater Manchester (GM) to shape mental health support. To ensure people with lived experience play a key role in this, we are looking for representatives to participate in the following opportunities: Mental Health Lived Experience Leadership Forum GM Adult Mental Health Delivery…
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…