Bulletin August 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our monthly e-bulletin.  

Decommissioning of Mental Health Together

A Huge THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in comments, stories, and messages of concern regarding the decommissioning of Mental Health Together.  Any comments sent to us directly have been forwarded to the commissioners.

We were again visited by the commissioners at our July steering group meeting, where the focus was to complete a Quality Impact Analysis and consider how aspects of the service might be maintained in the future.


Goodbye to Claire and Darren

At the end of the month, Mental Health Together will say goodbye to engagement officers Claire Reece and Darren Greenwood.  Both have secured new positions with Derbyshire Mind, and we wish them well in their new roles.

High Peak Engagement Group

The third meeting of the High Peak engagement group took place on 26th July.  Plans to invite police representatives to a future meeting were talked over, and possible topics for inclusion on the agenda were discussed.  A date for the next meeting is still to be confirmed but is likely to be 13th September.  Details will be confirmed with those who have provided contact details at previous meetings.  If anyone else is interested in attending the next meeting please let us know.

Erewash Engagement Network 

The Erewash Engagement Network is run jointly by MHT and Erewash Voluntary Action CVS.  The last meeting took place on 30th July.

The group were keen to meet again, and a meeting has been planned for Monday 24th September, at St Andrew's Church in Ilkeston. See the links below for more details of the group and next meeting.

Group Information
24th September Meeting

Personality Disorder Service Pathway 

One of our Experts by Experience, Sue Wheatcroft, is carrying out a survey as part of co-producing a future Personality Disorder Service pathway. We would really appreciate it if anyone with experience of borderline personality disorder or any other personality disorder could provide feedback using the forms accessed from the buttons below.

Completed forms should be returned to  by the end of August.
Survey - My Journey
Survey - What do we want from the NHS
Mental Health Action Group  

The Mental Health Action Group is run by past and present users of mental health services.  They liaise with other organisations such as statutory bodies and other health-care providers to obtain information and influence their actions for the benefit of the mental health community.  They promote services for people with mental health issues and are a friendly, supportive and empowering group that looks to the future.  They are now working with MHT and supporting the priority projects of the service, and receive the support of MHT in return.
MHAG meet on the second Wednesday of the month in various locations across Southern Derbyshire.  Please come along if you would like to join the group, new members are always welcome.  Click on the button below for a full list of meetings for the year.   
MHAG Meetings 2018
Other News

Mental Health Information Leaflet

For those who haven't already seen it, the leaflet opened from the button below provides advice and information on how to improve mental health and wellbeing, what to do in a crisis and details of support services available in Derbyshire.
Mental Health Leaflet

Healthwatch England Focus on Mental Health

Late last year, Healthwatch England announced that they would be launching a multi-year project on mental health. They have recently published an overview of this project and an outline of the first research phase.  Please see the website for further details:

Chat, Chill and Create in Erewash 

Those living in Erewash have the opportunity to chat, chill and create.  Kate Smith, award-winning children's illustrator, designer and mental health champion will be leading a free course starting on Thursday 20 September 2018 for 7 weeks.  
No particularly experience of art is required the aim of the group is to help improve people’s confidence and mental health and wellbeing using create activities and an opportunity to socialise with others.  All materials will be provided.
To book a place on the course contact Kate Smith Tel 07950781948 or email

Click on the button below for further details.
Chill, Chat & Create
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