Positive Future for mental health in Havering

Positive Future open day

Positive Future, a community based mental health support service in Havering, enjoyed a very successful opening day as they celebrated a new approach to mental health support.

The service, operated by Richmond Fellowship the national charity making mental health recovery reality, had previously focussed solely on employment support for people who were out of work due to experiencing mental health problems.

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Hartlepool PCSO thanked for service to mental health

PCSO Bell alongside staff and residents at Eamont Terrace

A Hartlepool based PSCO was praised this week by residents at a supported housing service for people living with mental health problems.

Staff and service users at Eamont Terrace, a service run by Richmond Fellowship the national charity making mental health recovery reality, joined together to thank PCSO Andrew Bell who has been instrumental in helping them over the last five years.

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Richmond Fellowship scoops ERSA employability award

ERSA Award 2015

Richmond Fellowship’s East Surrey Employment Service fought off stiff competition to secure the ERSA Employability Award for Supply Chain Partner of the Year at an awards ceremony in London last night (16 June).

The ERSA awards recognise organisations throughout the country who work to help job seekers find meaningful employment. The award was presented by the minister of state for employment, Priti Patel.

The East Surrey team was nominated by G4S for its partnership with them on their Work Programme. We were recognised as ‘The best performing subcontractor across all G4S Work Programme Delivery.’

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Positive Future ahead for Havering mental health service

Positive Future

A mental health service in Havering has set its sights on a Positive Future as it appeals for people living with mental health problems to come forward and access the service.

Positive Future, a community based support initiative from Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, is opening its doors on 18 June to show people what they offer and how it can help them with their mental health recovery.

The service provides people living with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or stress with the opportunity to access meaningful community activities designed to build confidence, increase social interaction and develop new skills. Read more

Challenging stigma during Men’s Health Week

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Men’s mental health is a key area of campaigning for organisations like Richmond Fellowship.

Research * shows a great disparity in the ways men and women approach mental ill health or dealing with a mental health crisis with women more likely to turn to others for help or access services from their GP.

For Men’s Health Week we’re drawing attention to men who live with mental health problems.

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Our reaction to Care Quality Commission report into mental health crisis care

The Care Quality Commission’s newly published report Right Here, Right Now has found that people who are having a mental health crisis are not always receiving care and support when and where they need it.

It has raised concerns that public services are not working together effectively enough to ensure people get access to the help they need round the clock. At Richmond Fellowship we think the voluntary sector could make a significant contribution and are keen to work more in partnership with local agencies to provide the right support to people at the right time. Read more

Mental health worker celebrates thesis publication

Roisin Vahey celebrates at graduation ceremony

A mental health support worker in Kent is celebrating after her thesis was published in The International Journal of Psychology and Physiological Therapy, a leading medical journal.

Roisin Vahey, a support worker from Zimbabwe, works for Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, and is using her degree knowledge to help support people in the area living with mental health problems.

Her thesis, entitled Galvanic Skin Response in Mood Disorders: A Critical Review, explores the impact of Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), a process that measures variations in the electrical characteristics of the skin, with specific reference to individuals with mood disorders such as depression.

Roisin hopes that her research will lead to development of GSR as an effective assessment tool of efficacy for different therapies and treatments for people living with mental health problems.

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Mental health charities’ Big Conversation with the people we support ends

Richmond Fellowship has finished its ‘Big Conversation’ with the people who use its services as part of plans to give individuals greater opportunity to get more actively involved in the organisation.

The national mental health charity and its partners wanted to find out from people what they think about creating opportunities for them to get more actively involved at all levels of the organisations, including:

  • Their own support plan
  • How services are run
  • How the organisations are run
  • Championing mental health issues and challenging stigma in society.

So it staged a six week ‘Big Conversation’ offering a range of ways for people give their views from taking part in a local focus group to filling in our online questionnaire. Read more

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Tree-planting ceremony to celebrate new Leicestershire crisis house

Leicestershire-crisis-house-tree-plantingNational mental health charity Richmond Fellowship and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have celebrated the first three months of Box Tree Farm, a six-bedded house for local people who are experiencing distress in their mental health.

Box Tree Farm opened in Ratby in March following an investment by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust of £600,000. Since opening, the house has seen 49 people through its doors. On average people stay less than five days.

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Charity staff sleep rough for homelessness

Grazina, Angela and Beth sleeping rough to raise awareness for homelessness

Grazina, Angela and Beth sleeping rough to raise awareness for homelessness

Richmond Fellowship staff braved the cold to sleep rough at an event in Birmingham to raise awareness of homelessness.

Recovery worker Beth Mason from Richmond Fellowship’s Brendan House supported intervention service in Cannock was joined by Grazina Berry, Director of Performance, Quality and Innovation and Angela Williams, Director of People and Organisation Development at the CEO Sleepout held at Villa Park in Birmingham, the home of Aston Villa Football club.

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