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Brighter Futures are launching the findings of their Mental Health Inquiry on Wednesday 4th June. The report will be released at a half day conference held at the Hope Centre in Hanley, Stoke on Trent and will feature guest speaker, Jenny Edwards, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation.
A range of partner organisations joined forces with Brighter Futures to gather local people’s experiences of support services which have formed the basis of the report. Health service decision makers, support staff, service users and contributors themselves have all been invited to attend the conference.
Mike Wolfe, Chair of Brighter Futures says: ‘We wanted to find out what it is like to live with mental ill health in North Staffordshire. We talked to people about their experiences, the services they have accessed and those they haven’t. We hope that the report will tell policy makers and health bosses what it is really like to live with mental ill health and influence the development of services in the future.’
Vice Chair, Sarah Hill, who led the inquiry will be speaking at the conference to present the findings. Anne Cager a contributor to the inquiry will also be sharing her story and giving a first-hand account of her experiences on the day.
Anne says: ‘If I have struggled with mental ill health and I have a stable relationship, a roof over my head, am financially secure and articulate with a good GP and consultant then how on earth are other people who are not as fortunate as me coping?’
The report is available to download here http://www.brighter-futures.org.uk/images/uploads/Mental_Health_Inquiry_Report_-_Listening_to_Peoples_Voices1.pdf or call 01782 406000 to request a copy.
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