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Bristol employment service rewarded for excellence

bmh_employmentOur Bristol based employment service has gone above and beyond in supporting people with mental health problems to stay in work as well as supporting job seekers.

The Bristol Mental Health Employment Service (BMHES) provides employment services to people living with mental health problems.

In the last six months of 2015, the NHS commissioned service doubled the number of people they’d supported into competitive work whilst maintaining a quick response to all new users of the service. Read more

Mental health charity takes beneficiary spot in the Sudbury Fun Run

Team Sparky at last year's event

A national mental health charity has been selected as one of three official beneficiaries of this year’s Sudbury Fun Run.

The annual run, which takes place on Good Friday 25 March, is one of the major longstanding sporting and fundraising events in the town and has taken place in various forms since the 1980s. It attracts 500 runners each year. Read more

Bike scheme supports people with mental health problems in Derby

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A mental health recovery house in Derby has teamed up with two local bike companies to set up a free cycle scheme to promote healthy living.

Residents at Trevayler, a medium term recovery service run by Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, have swapped four wheels for two in an effort to promote healthy living. Read more

Cambridgeshire man runs half marathon for charity that supported wife’s mental health

Kevin and JoA St. Ives man completed his first half marathon to raise money and awareness for the mental health charity that helped  his wife on her recovery journey.

Kevin Houchen, 42, took a break from managing the Ivy Leaf Club to tackle the Great Eastern Run in an impressive two hours and four minuets raising  more than £850 for national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship.

Kevin’s wife Jo had a long  history of anxiety and severe depression and was advised by doctors to give up work and challenge herself to do something fulfilling as Kevin explained:

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Southend mental health worker celebrates 15 years

Chris Musson South EndA mental health worker from Southend has celebrated 15 years of supporting people living with mental health problems.

Chris Musson, 51 from Southend, celebrated 15 years of working for Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, at a surprise party held by colleagues and residents at the charities’ supported housing service in Southend.

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Richmond Fellowship proves the voluntary sector can provide effective alternative place of safety for people in mental health crisis

Home Secretary Sussex place of safety 1Richmond Fellowship’s pilot scheme to trial an alternative ‘place of safety’ to police custody for individuals in mental distress has been hailed a success by an independent evaluation.

Reducing the use of custody cells for vulnerable people in a mental health crisis detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act is one of the Government’s key priorities.

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Liverpool comedy event tackles mental health stigma

Comedy trustPeople living with mental health problems have been given the chance to take to the stage and talk about their experiences as part of an evening of comedy to raise awareness for World Mental Health day.

Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, has teamed up with the organisers of the annual Liverpool Comedy Festival to run the event tackling mental health stigma.

Feeling Funny, an evening of comedy held in the city on Thursday 8th October, is the culmination of a project where people living with mental health problems have undertaken work shops in writing and performing comedy.

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