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World Mental Health Day 2015 – An IF Group Bristol View

Mental Health Illness World Mental Health Day

It is the year 2015 and this week marks World Mental Health Day. Approximately 25% of people on Earth are now struggling with mental health illness. That’s a staggering two billion souls, struggling with the thoughts in their heads at a level deemed medically unwell. Here in Bristol, that equates to 110,000 people. Yet in a leading technologically enhanced nation such as the UK, I would suggest the number of people suffering from poor mental health is higher, and growing fasterRead More …

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day – in Bristol too

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention day and here in Bristol, it is important to mark World Suicide Prevention day and think about services working towards suicide prevention. World Suicide Prevention Day is marked on 10th September every year and is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in association with the United Nations. It is a day when charities that work with mental health services, homelessness, and substance misuse can unite with humanitarian organisations, refugee services, domestic abuse, traumaRead More …

Telling Your Story Once

Complex needs is a tricky area to understand, compartmentalise and treat.  Address one area, and the other may come to the surface.  Aggravated and in need of attention.  Put down the drugs and if not treated, the mind can go.  Usually, it is true to say that when support gets offered in one area, the others follow suit.  But the existing system is not set up to address them all together. That’s why IF Group Bristol are getting involved inRead More …

Exploring what matters to people facing multiple and complex needs

Complex Needs Support Bristol

Four of us from the IF Group woke up at 6am to get the early train to London. We have started attending the quarterly meetings held by Revolving Doors. There are representatives from Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. This is nothing to do with the Fulfilling Lives project but our aims are the same. We get together to discuss policies and procedures set out for those with multiple and complex needs. With the Election coming up – we turned our attentionRead More …

Bristol Recovery Forum launched by AWP

Bristol Roads Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery

A new Recovery Forum is being created to give service users, professional’s, families and the wider community a voice in the delivery of drug and alcohol services in Bristol. The Bristol recovery forum ( a working title) is being driven by AWP and their partner agencies and hopes to engage those with lived experience of addiction. The aim of the forum is to establish a central recovery hub/community that will be a warm and welcoming social space that makes recoveryRead More …

Duchess of Cambridge speaks out for Children’s Mental Health Week

HRH Kate Duchess of Cambridge Childrens Mental Heath Week

Wife of the 2nd in line to the British throne, HRH Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has recorded an emotional video to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to mental health in children. She says that she and husband, Prince William have seen how children have suffered from bereavement, bullying, domestic violence, family breakdown and more. This leads to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self harm”. Children’s Mental Health Week takes place 16th-22nd February 2015. Children’sRead More …