Sunday, 12 October 2014

'Happy' - Notts Healthcare's anti-stigma film launched on World Mental Health Day

Please see the message below (and watch the video!) which was sent out by the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust on Friday.

‘Happy’ is launched on World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day and the Trust is very excited to launch ‘Happy’, an anti-stigma film to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

The film focuses on what makes people happy, what people do to lift themselves if they are having a down day and generally what little things people do which helps them to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

The film was inspired by the Living with Depression Community of Interest group, active partners with the Trust, a spokesperson said: “We all deserve those moments!”

The film involved staff, service users and carers from across the Trust and also some of the players from one of our partners, The Nottingham Panthers.

We wanted to do something a bit different this year and to add a bit of fun to the film they all got involved with dancing along to the Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’ song.

We hope this film gives you a smile on World Mental Health Day!

Inspirational Speech about Mental Health & Recovery

Our good friend Jane Danforth shared this about a post she made on the Patient Opinion website - which transcripts a really inspiring & powerful speech that Debbie gave to the new staff on the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust induction training programme.

Please have a read and perhaps leave a comment? You can read the transcript of Debbie's speech here.

Peer Support - A Shared Journey

I got this in an email from Suzanne Howard from the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham - with the following message & information about their new Peer Support video. I have uploaded the video here but you can see it in better quality at the web address below.

To celebrate World Mental Health day The Institute of Mental Health’s Peer Support Training Team is delighted to launch their long awaited tandem-inspired film, highlighting the concept of a shared journey.  The film has been developed with fellow peers and colleagues from across the Country to promote the work that the training team is leading, in order to establish a national peer support network. Peer Support Workers bring their own experiences of recovery from mental distress within services to support and encourage other people on their recovery journeys.

Marissa Lambert, from the Peer Support Training Team said:
“We invited the Peer Support Workers that we have trained to be part of the film and received a remarkable response from all over the Country.  The idea of a tandem bicycle provides a perfect metaphor for peer support – using the values of collaboration, mutual respect, learning and generous amounts of hope and courage which are essential when embarking on a tandem journey.  Much like peer support, we are working together.

Throughout the film, Peer Support Workers share their experiences of the training and so far the response has been extremely positive. Feedback has included:  This is truly amazing, very powerful indeed. Truly honoured to know you all and a be part of this. This is bliss and it's only the start for some. Peer Support is our Art and at the Heart of all that we say and do, I got goose bumps watching it!

We hope to use the film to creatively share our approach to peer support, encourage others to become Peer Support Workers and to help us launch a national network of Peer Support Workers. We hope you enjoy it!”

To watch the film, go to the Institute of Mental Health website:

Are you interested in peer support training for your organisation?
All our training can be tailored to support and meet the requirements of your organisation, wherever you are on the journey of peer support.  If you would like to find out more, our training prospectus is attached to this email or for more information please contact Marissa Lambert, Peer Support Training Lead on 07766 733179 or email 

Reflections on the Carers Road Shows 2014

Our Good friend Trevor Clower who organised & coordinated the Carer's Roadshows has kindly let us reproduce his draft summary report from this year's fantastic events... over to you Trevor!

Doing two weeks of Road Shows in one year has given me a buzz like never before, reaching so many carers throughout the County and the City of Nottingham. With a collection of 50 stalls, all offering different choices of support for Carers and uncovering hidden Carers, people who didn't know they are carers, until they visited the Carers Road Show.

I want to thank all my funders who believed in my concept of taking all this information out to where carers go, and enabling them to sign up, there and then, to get the care and support the carers need to enable them to have a life and still be effective carers.

It is my intention to do a Carers Road Show in both the city and the county of Nottingham every year, as long as I have breath in my body.  

Here are just a few of the many stories from the shows:

At the Stapleford Care Centre Road Show, I was standing in the middle of the stalls when suddenly I was accosted by two ladies.
“Excuse me are you the person responsible for organising this show?” said two sisters, pictured on the right below.
“Yes I am,” I replied nervously.
“Only we would like to say that we have learned more on these stands in the last 10 minutes, than we have learned in the last 12 months of trying to get the right information about our health needs!”

At the Retford Town Hall Road Show, the Retford Flu Fair was being held their at the same time, and it soon became apparent that due to the lift not working very well, there was a backlog of people waiting to go up stairs for their flu injection.
Andrea and Lauren, pictured on the left below, sprang into action to cater for this backlog of patients. They not only quickly organised a seated area for them amongst the stalls, they also entertained them with chats and plying them with tea and coffee.
This soon became known as Andrea and Lauren’s halfway clinic area.
Andrea and Lauren, who both work for Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, also had the biggest footfall for their stall with 104 visitors all wanting information about the Trust.

At the Arnold Methodist Church Road Show you can see below, paid, as well as unpaid carers all interested in finding out what support and help is available to carers.

The Biggest venue was Kings Mill Hospital, where the Road Show made an even bigger impact, with its diversity of support for carers attracting patients, carers, nurses and consultants alike, as you can see, from the pictures below.

Here are just three of the 18 stalls at this show.

Jim Radburn’s Carers in Hucknall Group stall

Newark and Sherwood CVS and PALS stall

Jenny Newman’s Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust stall
As a result, we have influenced and catered for a large number of carers throughout Nottinghamshire by offering up-to-date care and support in a very POSITIVE way.

Trevor Clower … Unpaid Voluntary Carer
Carers’ Road Show Organiser
Assisted by Independent Voices for Engagement (IVE)

Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Flight of the Bumblebee - Free eBook

The Flight of the Bumblebee is a free ebook available from Amazon and can easily be viewed & read on your computer or an iPad or Kindle etc.

If you have experienced or care for somebody with any kind of mental health or long-term physical condition then this book is really worth a look. It has a rich and hopeful narrative and should be welcomed by anybody who has an interest in the possibility of recovery.

It is available free here.

Friday, 10 October 2014

World Mental Health Day - Living with Schizophrenia - Friday 10th October 2014

Today is World Mental Health Day & this year's theme is Living with Schizophrenia.

You can read more at the Mental Health Foundation website and also get copies of the posters & a new guide about schizophrenia that they have produced.

The World Federation for Mental Health have also produced a new report called 'Living with Schizophrenia'. You can view it here.

Bassetlaw MSer's - New Facebook Social Group

Please check out & support the new Facebook Social Group for the MS Community in Bassetlaw

Click Here to visit the webpage.