We haven’t always got support for mental health right, and we need to make it better. Today we launch our ‘Healthier in Mind’ conversation, to better understand what local people need.

Introduction

All health, social care and voluntary services supporting mental health across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are committed to working together to provide the best care and support for those that experience mental ill health and for their families.

Everyone has mental health and it is important we raise the profile of mental health in local communities. By launching the ‘Healthier in Mind’ conversation we want to engage as many local people as possible to find out what they think should be our local priorities to improve mental health support. This will form the basis of a mental health strategy that we can own collectively, not only as statutory organisations across health and social care, but with local communities and businesses.

Our local focus is currently on:

  • helping people to get well and stay well
  • expanding support offered by community services and GPs
  • giving the best quality care
  • challenging mental health stigma
  • ensuring mental health is prioritised in the same way as physical health

Why should I fill in this survey?

You may or may not have needed to use mental health services before but we are all likely to experience a change in our mental health at some point. The question is if it did happen, what support might you need?

We have three simple questions we would like you to answer. All the responses to the questions will be collected together and used to help shape how we change services for the better.

Get involved in the conversation

  • Complete the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/healthierinmind
  • Engage your service users, friends and family in completing the survey
  • You can print a copy of the survey booklet for your information and to share with others you know or work with.
  • A version of the survey booklet and online survey for young people is also available. Please pass on to young people you know or work with.

This first Healthier in Mind conversation is until 15 August 2017.

The results of this exercise will be shared at a mental health event for all on 27th September 2017 at the NSPCC, 3 Gilmour Close, Leicester LE4 1EZ

To find out more visit www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/getinvolved/healthierinmind

Please get involved, and share far and wide. Join the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #HealthierInMind

Thank you.

*The mental health workstream of Better Care Together includes representatives from NHS, social care, voluntary sector, police and probation across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. All agencies have signed up to hold the ‘Healthier in mind’ conversation with their networks.

 


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