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
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
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.
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 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.
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