06 November 2015

Happy Birthday Bristol Mental Health

It has now been one year since the beginning of Bristol Mental Health, a new model of mental health services that includes voluntary and community sector, as well as public services.

One Year On group shot

To mark the occasion, we held a 'One Year On' seminar on 22 October, attended by almost 100 staff, service users, carers, stakeholders and other individuals with links to or an interest in Bristol Mental Health. Bristol Mayor George Ferguson opened the day with a video he had recorded especially for the occasion.

The theme of the morning was equality and diversity, and there were some inspiring talks from the likes of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, and Alex Raikes, Director of SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality). Alex's presentation can be found here.

Service User talking

The Women's Crisis house, run by Missing Link, also launched their video, which gives an insight into life in the house, and follows the journey of service users as they come into the house and experience all it has to offer.

There were some thought-provoking table-top discussions that opened up some of the issues relating to equality and diversity that exist in Bristol, and how Bristol Mental Health is working to meet these needs. Many attendees remarked on how valuable it was to share their thoughts and hear those of others in the system.

The afternoon saw members of the System Leadership Team talk about what has changed, what is new, and where we go from here. We learned more about the focus on co-production from members of the Service User and Carer Board, were introduced to some of the new resources recently produced by Bristol Mental Health, and listened to two Recovery Navigators explain how their brand new roles are working.

Will talking

Thanks to everyone who came on the day, it was wonderful to see so many people from around the system. Your contributions to the excellent discussions have provided much food for thought.

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