Healthy Minds Forum
A space for people with lived experience of mental health problems to have their say
Share your experiences
Feed back on local services
Contribute to national campaigns
What's the future for the Forum?
We're underway with plans to re-launch the Forum, with some good opportunities coming up to be involved in shaping local mental health services. We want to ensure that people who have personal experience of living with mental health problems are properly heard and can have a real influence on decisions.
We'll post opportunities on this page in the meantime and want to hear from you if you'd like to get more involved. We expect the Forum to re-launch in March / April 2018.
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
The Forum has put on two well attended annual events focusing on important relevant themes;
• Parenting and mental health
• Mental health and Employment
In order to carry on the work that the Forum do, we would like wider representation and a range of views and experiences. We would like your help to be able to do this.
Have Your Say: 3 opportunities / Feb - Mar 2018
Mental Health Act Review: Online Survey
Service users and carers with experience of the Mental Health Act are asked to complete an online survey to have their say on an Independent Review of the Act. The Mental Health Act 1983 is the law in England and Wales that covers assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental disorder. This includes when a person can be admitted, detained, and treated in hospital without their agreement. The review has been set up to listen to people who have experience of the Mental Health Act so they can comment on what future practice and or the law should look like. The survey, which closes on 28 February 2018, can be completed online and includes questions about individuals and their experiences.
Children & Young People's Mental Health:
This green paper on children and young people’s mental health sets out this government’s ambition to go even further in ensuring that those who need it are able to access the right help for their mental health, in the right place and at the right time. The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention particularly in or linked to schools and colleges.
Consultation closes 2 March 2018
Active Citizens Training - March 2018
Information from previous Forum meetings
Monday 13th March:
presentation and Q&A on transformation of mental health services, by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
We realise that coming to meetings is not for everybody, for lots of reasons. You can still get involved with the Forum through our Facebook page or by contacting Michelle on the details above - your questions or issues can be raised on your behalf at the meetings and actions / responses fed back to you.
Forum members were asked to contribute to a regional conference on the Crisis Care Concordat in July 2015.
They made a video, recording their lives over one week and recounting their personal experiences of crisis care.
The conference was covered in our August newsletter and we will update on progress through the Forum.