A conference for collaboration

Posted by on 10 July 2013 | 0 Comments

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How can services make the best use of precious resources for better mental health? On 3rd July in Catford, the word of the day was collaboration.

The Lewisham Mental Health Conference, hosted by Equinox and Quo Vadis Trust with support from Voluntary Action Lewisham, was all about working together for better prevention and recovery from mental ill health in Lewisham.

Mental health providers, commissioners, service users and voluntary sector workers came together to discuss pooling valuable resources and collectively brainstorming new ideas for Lewisham.

Kathy Roberts (CEO) and Annie Whelan (Development Lead) from the Mental Health Providers' Forum brought the conference up to date on the national picture of voluntary agencies working together to improve mental health.

Director of Public Health for Lewisham, Danny Ruta, spoke about the future for wellbeing and mental health services in Lewisham - highlighting opportunities for working together and giving insights into the disparity of spending between prevention and recovery. 

Adrian Duffy from Supporting People informed the conference about the progress with the pathway model for supported housing - to support mental health recovery in Lewisham.

Nick Owens, Assistant News Editor at the Sunday Mirror, spoke about the Sunday Mirror's involvement with the Time to Change initiative with ambassador Frank Bruno - including their focus on reducing stigma, as well as their work to challenge government cuts to mental health services. 

In breakout sessions, conference delegates came up with a range of ideas for better prevention and recovery in the London Borough of Lewisham - ideas will be shaped in a collaborative process with delegates over the summer, to formulate workable ideas to take forward together. 

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