This year mental health was identified as a key focus area for Hammersmith & Fulham. Therefore, we decided to hold an event that would facilitate a dialogue around mental health services, as well helping us to find a more specific mental health focus.
After running a survey asking people what they would like a mental health event to look like, a planning group for mental health emerged, with representatives of local organisations and residents. Together we worked on the agenda, attendees, communications and other details of the event.
Let’s Talk Mental Health in Hammersmith & Fulham, took place on 18th October and brought together over 100 people, including those that use mental health services, those that might want to use services, carers, mental health professionals, voluntary organisations, providers and commissioners.
As well as presentations from Like Minded and Hammersmith & Fulham CCG, and West London Mental Health Trust, we also had complementary therapies, the winner of the national poetry competition #healingwords, and a raffle, presented by MP for Hammersmith, Andy Slaughter.
In the afternoon we also had group discussions on four main themes, that linked to future changes:
- Crisis support
- Carers support
- Living a full and health life in the community
- Employment and mental health
This provided people with an opportunity to share their views and experiences of what is working well, and where the gaps in services are, with the aim to help improve services and future commissioning.
We are now in the process of putting together a report that will be shared with Hammersmith & Fulham CCG, West London Mental Health Trust, and others decision makers, in order to influence future changes.
We are also planning to create a list of services that can be of benefit to people’s mental health, including statutory and voluntary organisations.
Lastly, in 2018 we will look to identify a specific issue around mental health in Hammersmith & Fulham, to focus our work in the coming year.
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Event Documents and Files