February 2017 edition

In the news this month ...

LGBT+ Resilience Strategy Launch

Mel Palmer and Tom RenhardThe LGBT+ Resilience Strategy for the West of England was launched at Bristol's City Hall this month to coincide with LGBT History Month. The launch of the strategy on 3 February featured workshops, a launch party and stalls, including one from BMH's CASS.

Research has revealed that LGBT+ communities have to deal with inequalities in their lives that impact on their mental physical and emotional health, education, housing, drug and alcohol use, safety, visibility and influence. The strategy outlines what LGBT+ communities in the region need and want and outlines a plan for how these needs and desires can be met to help these communities reach their potential.

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EI celebrates 10th anniversary

The Early Intervention in Psychosis team

BMH's EI Service is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The service - which supports people experiencing their first episode of psychosis - marked the milestone with a shared lunch this month. Staff were joined by colleagues from Colston Fort, where the service is based, for the occasion.

"It was great to mark such a positive milestone. I can't believe it's been 10 years already," says Rachel Esposito, Service Manager.

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There's still time to apply for the Emotional Wellbeing Fund!

CASS logoThere's still time to apply for the Emotional Wellbeing Fund, a project launched to help the city's voluntary, community, equalities and faith groups to run activities aimed at improving the wellbeing of children and their families.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 per activity aimed at children of primary school age and their families.The fund is managed by CASS. The next deadline for applications for the fund is 10 March.

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BMH appoints new Personality Disorder Clinical Lead 

Louise JohnsonBMH has appointed a new Personality Disorder Clinical Lead to improve the experience of people with personality disorders using services in Bristol.

Louise Johnson began the role this month on a year's secondment and will be leading the development of a stepped care pathway across BMH for individuals who experience difficulties associated with personality disorder.

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We need your feedback!

BMH is inviting service users and carers to fill in a survey to help improve system communications. The survey should take around five minutes to fill in and is available online and to download as a PDF. The survey will close on Friday 17 March. All feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Dates for your diary

Workplace Wellbeing: It's Everyone's Business 
Do you want to learn more about how to create an open and compassionate workplace? Join Well Beans for a free, interactive event about how employers and employees can work together for better mental health at work. Book a free ticket.
9.30am-12.30pm / Monday 27 March / City Hall, Bristol

International Women's Day: Take up Space
Bristol Women's Voice are holding an event to celebrate International Women's Day. There'll be workshops and activities, including a stall from Missing Link (which runs BMH's Women's Crisis House). You can visit the Missing Link stall to learn more about the service and to make worry dolls and stress balls.
11am-5pm / Saturday 4 March / M Shed, Bristol

Please see the Bristol Mental Health website for more events.

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Are you wondering what something means? We've created a handy list below.

CASS: Community Access Support Service
CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

EI: Early Intervention in Psychosis Service
LGBT+: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and +, with the + meaning additional gender and sexual minority groups
SUCC: Service User and Carer Council

Well done to...

Tom in the EI team. A colleague described how Tom went above and beyond his role to support an individual to attain his dream job. Thanks for all your hard work Tom! 

Job of the month!

Role: Female Recovery Navigators, Community Rehabilitation Service

Details of role:
These roles are focused on providing appropriate, effective interventions and treatments to people with long term mental health needs, their carers (including friends and relatives) and their supporters in the community.

Closing date:
Monday 13 March

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My story

"I first made contact with BMH's Employment Service through my GP and I've been supported by an employment coach for almost two years now. After being out of work for five years, I was ready to begin my journey back to employment."

Toby was out of work for five years before being supported by the Employment Service to find voluntary and then full time paid work.  

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Faces of BMH

Hannah Lock
Name: Hannah Lock
Job: Psychology Practitioner

What do you do to keep mentally healthy?
I find space, by taking five minutes to make a cup of tea or get away from where I'm sitting and using that time to take a breath. I make sure I have a routine where each day I can do the things I enjoy, even if it's just for a short while.  

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SUCC meetings

SUCC meets monthly and is made up of members who represent all services and service users. They act on feedback and use their personal experience to influence decisions and service design and get problems solved quickly.

You can find notes from their meetings 

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