We gather individuals’ views, ideas and experiences and help represent these views to service commissioners and providers, to improve mental health services for the future.
Heads Count is a user led network for people who access mental health services, carers and everyone with experience of or affected by mental health matters in and around the city of Plymouth.
As you may be aware Colebrook SW were successful in the recent tender process to deliver the City’s first ‘crisis café’ or ‘crisis space’ as it’s alternatively known. After consultation with local service users, carers & persons with lived experience the name “Head Space” has been selected for this newly commissioned service.
Heads Count will be responsible for running & managing the Head Space project. For more details download an introduction to the service.
Mental Health Awareness Week starts every year on the second Monday in May.
This year #MHAW18 ran from 14th - 20th May.
Our second “Creative Life” Event took place on 15th May – As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018
The focus of the day was based on creative pursuits such as arts & crafts, poetry, music, dance, photography & painting – in fact anything creative that could enhance or promote good mental health.
#MHAW18 A little creativity can often lift your mood & inspire positive change, even if you don’t think of yourself as creative.
Thank you to everyone who came along, joined in & made a difference at the event.
10 ways to look after your mental health
1. Talk about your feelings
2. Keep active
3. Eat well
4. Drink sensibly
5. Keep in touch
6. Ask for help
7. Take a break
8. Do something you’re good at
9. Accept who you are
10. Care for others
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” – Audre Lorde
• Invest in yourself. Spend 15–30 minutes each day doing something that uplifts you.
• When your inner critic or an outer critic finds faults, try and find truth and exception to what is being said.
• If you stumble or feel you have failed, don’t beat yourself up. Act as if you were your own best friend: be kind and supportive.
• Do something to wind down at the end of each day.
• Take a few minutes each day to appreciate yourself
We aim to achieve the following & more:
Reduce negative attitudes and raise awareness about the importance of mental health and wellness.
Strive to improve community mental health support and services through active engagement & involvement.
To make mental health and wellness an inspiring & positive goal for individuals and communities.
Become a fully inclusive and diverse service.
Heads Count is service user led and will:
Support local people to get involved and be heard
Talk to members about what has changed as a result of their involvement
Offer support & training for people who are involved
“Heads Count have been providing a fortnightly ‘drop in’ service for our tenants, a supported housing service for homeless adults with a variety of support needs including mental health, alcohol and substance misuse.
The drop in provides an informal environment and platform where tenants are able to talk about their experiences regarding accessing mental health services in Plymouth and the barriers and challenges tenants face.
The Heads Count drop in has been very successful and has regularly engaged tenants giving them a voice to talk openly and freely without prejudice and judgement and is a valuable addition to our service.’’
Feedback from our Creative Life #MHAW17 Event
“I thought the day was very well organised, and well attended by users and agencies. The event highlighted the many different services available for those experiencing mental health issues, and allowed us to showcase what Grow 4 Good is all about. It was an excellent opportunity for us to network so that other agencies are aware of the service we can provide to adults suffering social isolation”
Grow 4 Good South West Ltd
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Involvement For Carers & People Who Access Services:
✲ Offers a voice
✲ To feel valued and respected
✲ Enhances understanding of services and how they work
✲ Improves skills and abilities
✲ Builds confidence
✲ Inclusion, developing life skills and enhancing self-esteem
✲ Is a way of bringing people together to achieve mutually desirable outcomes.
Heads Count Involvement – People With Lived Experience :
✲ Helps to improve the quality of service provision
✲ Adds value to service planning, development and delivery
✲ Breaks down organisational hierarchy
✲ Improves communication and understanding between staff/volunteers and service users
✲ Helps staff/volunteers develop their skills
✲ Creates a sense of service ownership, by ensuring that services reflect the needs and wishes of those who use them
✲ Enables our organisation to draw upon and make effective use of people’s skills and capabilities
For more information about Heads Count, to receive information or to get involved, contact us at:
Address: Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre | Scott Business Park |Beacon Park Rd | Plymouth | PL2 2PQ
Phone: 01752 563492
Advance Statement of Wishes - “What I would like to happen to me if I become unwell”
Guidelines for people over 18 wishing to make an advance statement or wishes relating to their future Mental Health care.
An Advance Statement/Directive is made when you are well, so that if you are admitted to hospital as a voluntary patient, become incapacitated, or are sectioned under the Mental Health Act, your doctors, care co-ordinators, relatives and friends can work together to make sure your wishes and needs are met.
You can set out your wishes in the downloadable booklet below