Croydon’s Mental Health Forum.
What should it be, could it be? – 23 July
9.30am (for a cooked breakfast) for a 10am start
CVA’s Resource Centre, 82 London Rd, Croydon, near West Croydon Station
Croydon Voluntary Action is appealing for people to get ‘involved in the issues and opportunities surrounding the present and future of Croydon’s Mental Health Forum toward the resolution of current issues and realization of untapped potential.’
‘The work of this session will lead towards the mapping of existing health and well being activities, services and groups and the formation of action groups around issues identified.’
To book a place go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-forum-relaunch-tickets-17556648408
Open Space Technology
The discussion will be run using the participatory Open Space Technology approach. It is a democratic framework which enables an unlimited number of participants to create their own programme of discussions around a central theme. It is particularly effective in generating high-energy participation, learning and commitment to action. It encourages lateral thinking, thinking outside the box, and not getting trapped by the constraints of official and organisational silo agendas.
So it enables the generation of a whole range of concerns and ideas, which might include:
- Well-being and mental health will deteriorate for those who are having their benefits cut whether they are in work or not work.
- Mental health services must be protected from the cuts.
- A growing form of mental dysfunction is the troll misuse of Twitter and other social media.
- A growing form of stress and anxiety is occurring among those who are the subject of personal attack on social media.
- Support for pupils must be improved for the growing evidence of stress and anxiety caused by testing, league tables and examinations.
- There needs to be an increase in provision of cognitive and dialectical behavioural therapies.
- Nutrition and eating support must be linked in with support to sufferers of mental health dysfunctions as poor diet and under eating can make illness worse.
- There need to be facilities for sanctuaries where people can go when they are in early stages of crisis.
- Support services, other than crises lines, must be provided at weekends, when people are at their most vulnerable.
- Group housing needs to be provided for those with long term illness so there is support to detect the onset of crises, and during crises.