Sheena’s blog – World Mental Health Day 2017

12 October 2017

World Mental Health Day is always a fantastic opportunity for us. As the provider of mental health and community services to a population of over one million people, it’s a chance for everyone at CWP use our position as industry experts and leaders to engage, empower and educate a whole new audience.

To celebrate the day, staff from across many of our services – including colleagues from Wirral CAMHS, Access Sefton, Ancora House and Millbrook - held events and workshops alongside people who access our services, their carers and families to raise awareness and challenge stigma across our footprint. 

We also marked the day by celebrating our partnership with Kisiizi hospital, which saw the opening of the brand new mental health centre in Uganda earlier this year – named the ‘Ahumuza’ Centre and made possible by Jamie’s Fund. 

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who went the extra mile on WMHD to ensure we were at the forefront of the national conversation.

With this year’s WMHD theme being ‘mental health in the workplace’, I feel it is particularly important that we’re able to practice what we preach! Our Workplace Wellbeing service is always available to staff who may require personal and confidential support around topics such as mental health, activity and fitness, nutrition and smoking cessation.

Last week, in what felt very much like an early celebration of WMHD, we held our annual Best Practice showcase event in Macclesfield Town Hall. As always it was an inspirational to see our staff wholeheartedly embracing the values of the day - it was particularly exciting to see lots of examples of innovation and integration between our physical community and mental health services. Sharing ideas and learning from experience is a huge part of our culture at CWP and our Best Practice is always one of our highlights of the year.

Yet again we welcomed over 200 guests made up of staff, partners, people accessing services and wider Trust members. The day also saw the launch of our Big Book of Best Practice 2017/18, which highlights some of our finest work over the past year.

A massive well done to all involved – particularly to the 32 CWP services who exhibited their fantastic achievements on the day.

I’d like to make a special mention to staff at the Millbrook Unit for the unwavering commitment and care shown during recent high numbers of people with complex care needs.

Finally, as things begin to feel more autumnal, I’d like to remind staff that getting your flu jab is now as important as ever. We must do our best to protect people in our communities from the potentially life-threatening dangers of flu.

Public Health England has estimated that around 8,000 people die from flu in England every year. And those of you who have suffered with flu will know all too well the harrowing symptoms of this horrible disease.

All CWP staff are entitled to a free flu vaccination at one of our many flu clinics across our footprint. You can find a list of all clinics on our dedicated flu intranet page.

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