For World Mental Health Day 2020, take part in Greater Manchester’s Big Mental Wellbeing Conversation!
- We want to hear the views of everyone living or working across the Greater Manchester area
- views shared will help shape future plans to support the wellbeing of people and communities
People in Greater Manchester are being asked to join a conversation about their mental wellbeing, to discover how they feel, what worries them, and what they think can be done to make a positive difference to where they live. Click here to complete the survey now.
Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day 2020. Although every day we are mindful of our mental health, people are coming together on this day to focus on this year’s theme: mental health for all.
We all have mental health. We all have mental wellbeing. Mental wellbeing does not have one set meaning. It might be used to talk about how someone is feeling, how well they are coping with daily life or what feels possible at a specific moment.
Good mental wellbeing does not mean a person is always happy or unaffected by their experiences. But poor mental wellbeing can make it more difficult to deal with the day-to-day.
Struggling with poor mental wellbeing is not necessarily a mental health problem, but people that feel low for long periods of time are more likely to develop severe conditions.
The types of issues that negatively impact on mental wellbeing will have been exacerbated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Responses to the survey will help shape future initiatives to improve mental wellbeing in Greater Manchester, making sure they reflect the needs of local people.
Tom Renhard, CEO of the Independent Mental Health Network, said:
“This World Mental Health Day, we are encouraging people and communities to share your thoughts on mental wellbeing by contributing to the survey. We know that people’s mental wellbeing can be affected by lots of different things – if we hear from lots of different people, we can take these insights to the highest level and bring about meaningful change in mental health services locally.”
Greater Manchester’s Big Mental Wellbeing Conversation runs until Monday 26 October at 8am. All contributions to the survey will remain anonymous. Click here to complete the survey today.
Participants in the conversation will be entered into a prize draw that will see 20 people win a £25 One4All gift card, that can be used at more than 130 stores nationwide and with online retailers.
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Notes to Editor:
Who is running the survey?
Greater Manchester’s Big Mental Wellbeing Conversation is being run by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and the Independent Mental Health Network. The Independent Mental Health Network is a membership-led organisation that represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of mental health services, as well as those with lived experience of mental health.
What is the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN)?
IMHN is a member-led organisation that works both for, and in the interests of, people with lived experience of mental health. Via our branches, we support work improving local mental health services; contribute and campaign on mental health matters happening both locally and nationally; and actively challenge mental health stigma by working with partner organisations.
What has IMHN already achieved?
Via its membership and branches across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Greater Manchester, IMHN’s work has led the organisation to build a reputation as an effective change agent that places the voices of people with lived experience of mental health front and centre in shaping mental health support.
This has included:
- Creation of a lived experience leadership forum for Greater Manchester.
- Co-designing a new IAPT service across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
- Ensuring effective lived experience co-design in the introduction of a new mental health crisis and recovery centre.
- Hosting national Peerfest 2017 with over 300 people in attendance, celebrating and developing peer support across the country.
- Leading on the local Time to Change Bristol Hub, working with local partners to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
- Shaping the development of mental health strategies across the country.
Where can I get more information?
IMHN’s website can provide more information about our ongoing projects, past achievements, and current operations. Visit www.imhn.org for more information. The top menu can direct you to dedicated webpages covering latest news, our branches and membership, and the work we are doing dealing with the consequences of COVID-19.
Published on October 9, 2020 at 5:35 pm