Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2015 - film and full evaluation

Posted by on 14 December 2015 | 0 Comments

As 2015 draws to a close, so we publish the full evaluation of the third annual Lewisham Mental Health Conference .

Equinox Lewisham co-sponsored the Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2015, working with Quo Vadis Trust. The event, which took place in September 2015, was supported by Cllr Jonathan Slater, Lewisham Council and the Lewisham Mental Health Connection network.

We read hundreds of delegate comments. We added up thousands of individual scores our delegates gave to every aspect of the day. We carried out telephone and email follow up after the event, to make sure we had captured a wide range of feedback from our delegates.

Download the full evaluation here.

Take a peek at the Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2015 film too, which captures some of the headline outcomes and feedback themes from the event.

  • 191 people came to the conference (a great mix of mental health service users, carers, providers, commissioners, community group representatives, councillors and local people).
  • That’s double the attendance of the first Lewisham Mental Health Conference in 2013.
  • 68 people attended the conference as a ‘contributor’ (as speakers, workshop providers, entertainers, smoothie providers, supporting service users to come, prize givers and event staff) – incredible local collaboration and community spirit.
  • Our delegates filled out 59 general evaluation forms and 175 workshop evaluation forms – a huge amount of feedback, for which we are very grateful.
  • 59% of attendees who completed their evaluation form said that their mood improved during the day (39% said their mood stayed the same).
  • Speakers with direct experience of mental ill health, recovery and caring were a big hit – you can read a range of delegate comments in the full evaluation.
  • The workshops were very popular with delegates – they included a session from SIRS & JCP on benefits and ETE for people with mental health needs (53 attendees), an ideas booth with Lewisham Council Prevention & Inclusion team (34 attendees), a MindKit young people’s wellbeing & resilience session (33 attendees). Many thanks to all our other workshop providers too – The Reader Organisation, Quo Vadis Trust, SLaM / Carers Lewisham and Social Spider CIC. The full evaluation sets out all the feedback from our delegates.
  • The Arts & Self Expression Zone run by Arts Network proved to be one of the most enjoyable activities – a chance to relax, learn new creative skills and talk about mental health.
  • People valued the opportunity to meet the 3 Lewisham mental health commissioners (Kenny Gregory, Mike Hammond and Mary Gilbank) and to hear Cllr Jonathan Slater speak about his role as Lewisham Mental Health Champion – download the Commissioner Q&A document for delegate questions and the answers from commissioners.
  • The event attracted in kind donations of over £8500 – we are truly inspired by how much the Lewisham community wanted to contribute to the event.
  • Our delegates told us how we could improve the conference too – making the workshops even more accessible, running the event over 2 days, providing more information and allowing even more time for questions and networking.

Download the Lewisham Mental Health Conference evaluation and watch our conference film for the full round up.

Thanks to all who contributed to and attended the Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2015. 

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