Would you rather kiss a jellyfish…

…or talk to a friend who feels all at sea?

Surprisingly, for many the jellyfish is the preferred option.

But it need not be.

One in 4 of us experience a mental health problem each year.

It is not unusual.

It is not contagious.

A few words could be all it takes.

Time to Change work to promote discussion around the issues and preconceptions surrounding Mental Health.

It may be that the issue frightens you. It may be that it resonates within you for personal reasons.

It may be Time to Talk.

Visit Time to Change and find out how you can be the difference.

Islam and Mental Health Women’s Event at Madni Mosque

Find out more about Mental Health and how to look after yourself at this Ladies only event on Wednesday 10 October, 9:30am-1:00pm at Madni Mosque, Gibbet Street, Halifax HX1 5LE. There will be speakers of Urdu and Punjabi and Service Providers will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Refreshments will be available.
For further information please contact:
Neelam Singh: 01422 345154
Zeenat Hussain: 07920 082174

Managing Mental Health in your Organisation

vac-logoThursday 20 July 10:00 – 13:30 at the VAC offices, Hall Street, Halifax.

Healthy Minds Forum – next meeting 21 June

Healthy Minds Forum

What’s the future for the Forum?

The Forum began in January 2013, as a new incarnation of the MPower service user group that had previously run for several years. Since then, the Forum has been integral in influencing the development of Healthy Minds Calderdale’s service provision as well as taking on national mental health concerns at a local level.

The Forum has tackled issues such as;
• Restraint policy and procedures in mental health
• Cutbacks in Art and Psychotherapy provision
• Development of a local crisis care SafeSpace

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#ITSOKAYTOWALK London Challenge 2016

Show your support and donate to a great cause ‘London Challenge 2016’ which is raising money for #ANDYSMANCLUB in order to help open a club in every UK town and city and also raise awareness of the unbelievable work of Samaritans and Calm Zone.

A 194 mile walk from the Shay Stadium, Halifax to the Houses of Parliament in London will begin on Thursday 6 October in time to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October.

Show your support by sharing, donating and spreading the word!

Please visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/andysmanclubitsokaytotalk if you would like to make a donation for this great cause no matter how big or small!

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Innovative Police Liaison Scheme nominated for a national HSJ Award

The Calderdale and Kirklees police liaison scheme has been nominated for an HSJ Award 2016, recognising the scheme for its innovation in mental health and the way that it has improved experiences of service users in crisis.

The HSJ Awards celebrate the finest achievements in the NHS and are seen as the most sought after accolade in British healthcare, being the biggest awards scheme of its kind in the world.

The police liaison scheme is run in Kirklees and Calderdale and involves mental health nurses working alongside officers at Halifax and Huddersfield police stations to recognise the signs of mental illness.

This ensures fewer people with mental health conditions are placed on Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, held in a cell or admitted to A&E when there are more appropriate ways of providing health care for them. The scheme also enables practitioners to visit victims and witnesses at home and support police officers at the scene of an incident.

The police liaison scheme is supported by the clinical commissioning groups in Calderdale and Kirklees and has had its funding extended, demonstrating how much of an impact the scheme has had in improving mental health services.

Read more about the scheme at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk

Insight Healthcare presents Wellbeing for Calderdale

In celebration of World Mental Health Day 2016, Insight Healthcare presents ‘Wellbeing for Calderdale’ with interactive stalls, taster sessions, live performances and guest speakers including Ursula Holden-Gill from ITV’s Emmerdale, Nick Rawsthorne of Halifax RLFC and Luke Ambler Halifax RLFC and founder of #andysmanclub and #itsoktotalk campaign.

Monday 10 October – 2pm to 7pm
At The Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YS

For further informatiom visit www.insighthealthcare.org

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