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Help to improve support for parents in hospital

The COPPI research team at the University of Sussex are looking for individuals who have experience of supporting an adult who has received inpatient psychiatric care during their years of parenthood. This could be a parent/grandparent, friend, co-parent, other relation. They may have taken responsibility for the patients child but that is not necessary.

They want to understand your experiences and get your input on the course they plan to deliver to parents while they are receiving inpatient care.

The involvement of carers/supporters is really important to the project and will help them to design the best possible course.

Interviews will be arranged to take place at a convenient time and can be in person or online.

If you know of anyone who would like to take part or would like to get involved yourself, please contact Abby Dunn on abby.dunn@sussex.ac.uk

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Have your say on the Development of the Sussex Suicide Prevention and Self-Harming Strategy for Sussex

The Integrated Care System (ICS) are developing a three-year suicide and self-harm prevention strategy covering all of Sussex, with a draft strategy to be published before the end of the year. The engagement period will last for six weeks and closes on 2nd September.  We would like to invite all local stakeholders and those with an interest to give their views on the stated intentions and action areas.

Use this link to access the online survey:
Have your say on the development of the Sussex Suicide Prevention and Self-harm Strategy – East Sussex – Citizen Space

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Mind in Brighton and Hove is recruiting – Service Manager: East and West Sussex Wellbeing

Service Manager: East and West Sussex Wellbeing

21 hours per week
Salary £34,465 per annum pro rata (actual salary £20,679)

Mind in Brighton and Hove empowers and supports people who have experience of mental health issues in Brighton and Hove and across Sussex.

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic manager to support, develop and manage staff delivering high quality mental health services and ensure services reflect best practice. You will work closely with other agencies, delivering services in partnership and identify opportunities for service development.

The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, commitment to service user involvement and experience of managing and delivering mental health services with a strong client focus.

All successful applicants are subject to enhanced DBS. www.mindcharity.co.uk/get-involved/vacancies/

Full job details and application forms can be found on our website: www.mindcharity.co.uk/get-involved/vacancies/

Closing date: 9am Tuesday 9th August 2022
Interview date: Thursday 11th August 2022

We are committed to equal opportunities and we value diversity in our workforce and aim to recruit a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from everyone irrespective of age, disability (including experience of living with mental health issues), gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.

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Wellbeing In East Sussex volunteer opportunity

Would you like to volunteer for us in East Sussex by helping to deliver wellbeing activities to promote positive mental health and raise awareness of mental health? If so we’d love to hear from you.

Find out more about how to apply by downloading our application pack. The deadline for applications is Monday 1st August.

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Launch of text messaging service to support people in Sussex who are struggling to cope

A new text messaging service for people who are experiencing a challenging time with their emotional wellbeing or mental health is being launched in Sussex on Monday 4 July 2022.

How does the service work?

By texting the word SUSSEX to 85258, people can access the free, confidential, 24/7 service to have a conversation with a trained volunteer. The volunteers offer real-time support to people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and need immediate support.

Texters will be signposted to local services in Sussex, including the Sussex Mental Healthline, Staying Well services and Grassroots’ Stay Alive App, if needed, to get continuous and longer term support.

The initiative is being delivered through the national text messaging service Shout, which has already supported thousands of people since it was launched by Mental Health Innovations in 2019.

For more information about how the Shout text messaging service works, watch this short video here:  www.youtube.com/channel/ShoutUK

Or access the FAQs: giveusashout.org/about-us/faq/

This initiative is part of a programme of work being led by the Sussex Health & Care Partnership Mental Health Collaborative to improve the urgent care pathway in Sussex for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The aim is to make it easier for people to access the right services at the right time and reduce the demand on A&E and the emergency services.

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Access to Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Ukrainian Refugees

Support Across Sussex:

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust has produced a guide which provides information on:

  • how to access NHS services for help and support
  • Information for parents and carers
  • The types of treatments SPFT can offer
  • Information on details on common reactions to trauma and loss as well as guidance on how to manage these difficulties including stress, trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Information on how to access the support in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove areas.

For more information and to access the guide and translated information on mental support and conditions please go to: www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/node/7611/attachment.pdf

Отримання необхідної психологічної підтримки Посібник для біженців з України www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/node/7614/attachment.pdf

Как получить необходимую психологическую поддержку. Руководство для беженцев из Украины  www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/node/7615/attachment.pdf Russian

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Volunteer opportunity at the Lighthouse

We currently have 2 vacancies to join our volunteer team at the Lighthouse Service. The Lighthouse is a specialist treatment service for people with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder based in Hove.

As a volunteer in the service you would support us to run and delivery our community programme of peer support groups. The Service also offers a range of creative arts and activity-based groups.

As a volunteer you will help staff to facilitate peer support spaces and other activities in the centre. Experience and skills in group work would helpful along with an interest in peer support and supporting people to build their confidence and own skills.

Full training and ongoing supervision are provided and you will be offered the opportunity to get involved in outside training and other activities at the Lighthouse.

If you are interested in finding out more or completing an application form please contact lesley.rhodes@mindcharity.co.uk

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Mind in Brighton and Hove stands with charities to protect the Human Rights Act

Mind in Brighton and Hove joined with over 40 national and local organisations on May 18th in an open letter to the Boris Johnson raising concerns about the proposed scrapping of the Human Rights Act and introduction of the Bill of Rights.

We collaborated with Advocacy, Information and Advice Charities to bring attention to the important rights and protections the Human Rights Act offers to the people we work with to be treated with dignity and equality.

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Coronavirus and your Wellbeing

You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. However there is a lot of information available on how to look after yourself and where you can get help and support.

You can get information from the NHS on their website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ which contains updated information both on how you look after your general health and what actions to take if you have concerns you may have been affected. Your local G.P. surgery will also have information on their website. Information from the UK government about the latest restrictions is available on their website www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Mind  www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/ has information and advice on how to look after your mental health, including how to find help to get vaccinated, and other articles such as: coping with mental health problems during coronavirus, difficult feelings about the coronavirus pandemic, how to cope with going into work, and many others.

NHS advice on looking after your mental health during coronavirus, including advice for parents and carers, is available on their new Every Mind Matters website here: www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/

Further information can also be found on the Mental Health Foundation’s website at  www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak and on the Samaritan’s website at www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

Rethink Mental Illness has information on the COVID-19 vaccination and people living with severe mental illness which includes guidance on what you can do if you find it difficult to go out and get a vaccine (COVID-19 vaccine and people living with severe mental illness (rethink.org).

If you would like information about local services or to speak to someone about support for your mental health you can also contact our Advice and Information Service on 01273 66 69 50

PLEASE NOTE this information was last checked on 28th July 2022

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