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Welcome to Imagine 

Imagine is a charity with a positive approach to mental health and works to promote opportunities for people to live a full and independent life.

Imagine has spent the last four decades working within the mental health sector to improve the lives of its service users. 

The organisation has expanded in recent times and today more than 1000 people use its services in Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Cumbria, London and Greater Manchester.

Imagine is fortunate to have the support of many volunteers in addition to over 200 staff members.


 

UpBeat Event to kick Blue Monday

 

Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH) is partnering with a range of local mental health support agencies to promote positive mental wellbeing and help people to beat ‘Blue Monday’ this year.

 

‘Blue Monday’ takes place annually on the third Monday of January (Monday 26th January), and is widely said to be the most depressing day of the year.

 

The Trust is partnering with a range of community partners including the Richmond Fellowship, Imagine Mental Health, CHATs, and Big Love Sista to co-host ‘UpBeat 2’ - a free music and arts day for anyone living with or recovering from mental health problems.

 

The event will be hosted at the Zanzibar Club on Liverpool’s Seel Street and will offer a range of free arts workshop sessions running throughout the day – including drama, singing, music and poetry.

 

In addition, many of the event participants will be taking part in a performance evening at the venue from 7.30pm which will showcase some of the skills they have learned during the day.

 

Sessions and activities will be running at the following times during the day:

 

  • 11:00am: Ice Breaking Sessions from Open the Door Theatre Company: Artists & Mentors

 

  • 12:00pm: Group Sessions Start: Songwriting / Comedy / Poetry

 

  • 3:00pm: Sound Checks and Rehearsals for Evening Event. Food will also be served.

 

  • 6:00pm: Therapies to aid relaxation (pre-performance)

 

  • 7:30pm: Doors open for evening performance

 

 

Rod Leung, Community Links Advisor for Richmond Fellowship explains:

 

“At Richmond Fellowship, we specialise in supporting people with mental health problems to recover, rehabilitate and to get the most out of life - and that’s exactly what this event is all about.”

 

“Being creative and developing new skills can be a fantastic way to build self-esteem and support positive mental wellbeing amongst individuals recovering from mental health problems, so we would encourage anyone who feels they might benefit from taking part in one of these workshops to get in touch with us and to apply to take part.”

 

Paul White, Mental Health Lead for Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust adds,

 

“Blue Monday is said to be the day that most of us feel at our lowest ebb, thanks to long, dark winter days, and due to people feeling financially challenged and demotivated after the Christmas season.

 

“All of these factors can have a very real impact on our mood, but this event is all about bucking that trend by being upbeat and reminding people that 26th January doesn’t have to be the most depressing day of the year for anyone.”

 

To find out more about taking part in this event, please contact Charlotte Davies from Imagine Independence by emailing: cdavies@imaginementalhealth.org.uk

 

The team behind the event is also keen to remind everyone of the five ways to wellbeing – which are 5 simple things that anyone can do to help them beat Blue Monday.             

 

They are:

 

  • Connect with others - Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing, and even small changes make a difference.

So why not speak to someone face to face instead of sending an email, phone a family member who you haven’t spoken to in a while, or look up an old friend?

  • Be active - Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age group, and it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good either.

So why not go for a walk with colleagues in your lunchbreak, get off the bus one stop earlier, or organise a kick-about or cycle ride in your local park?

 

  • Take notice - Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your wellbeing, and savouring ‘the moment’ can have a reaffirming affect.

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you, or visit somewhere new.

 

  • Learn - Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

So why not learn something new? Sign up for a class, read a book, take up a new hobby or research something you’ve always wondered about.

 

  • Give - Research has shown that those who have a greater interest in helping others are more likely to report being happy themselves.

So why not try volunteering in your local community, or do a random act of kindness for someone else?

 

 

For more information please call the LCH Communications Team on: 0151 295 3200

 


Redbridge Service

Imagine's latest service has now opened in the London borough of Redbridge.  The range of services comprises:

Recovery Support Planning – one to one support in managing mental health, physical health, living skills and signposting through working on a recovery star model

Social inclusion – one to one support in expanding community opportunities and expanding friendships, whether cultural, education, leisure, arts activities

User-led groups – empowering service users to run their own groups for leisure and recovery purposes

Peer support groups – Groups run by your peers within the wider community, such as bingo, art and lunch clubs

Drop-in Service – a two hour drop in service is open 6 days a week for people to attend. Groups and social activities can take place during this time

You can call the Imagine Redbridge team on 0208 554 3654 or email: imagineredbridge@imaginementalhealth.org.uk

If you would like to find out more about the service, please download the information pack and referral forms at the bottom of this page.

http://www.imaginementalhealth.org.uk/Richmond.php

The Imagine Blog

As we increase our online presence, we now have a Blog, which you can follow and comment on.

http://imagineindependence.wordpress.com/

We're now also on Twitter.  Follow us @ImagineIndep01

 


Merton Newsletter

Our Merton team in London has just produced its latest newsletter, including Anastasia's story.

 

You can read and download the VISION newsletter from our downloads section at the bottom of the page.


How to get to our Head office

Merseytravel has created a new widget that allows travellers on public transport to plan their routes to reach our offices in cental Liverpool.  Our address is 25 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BQ.

http://www.letstravelwise.org/widget_cover231_TravelWise-Widget.html


Health Information Centre

Liverpool's Health Information Centre (56/58 Hanover Street Liverpool) is running a series of Roadshows  - What's Your Wonderland - throughout August focusing on young addiction.  For further information call 0151 285 4564 or call in the Health Information Centre is open Mon-Fri 10am-4 pm. You can download the flyer below HEALTH INFORMATION CENTRE ROADSHOW - AUG 14.

 

Wellbeing Liverpool online

The Wellbeing Liverpool directory is now available on-line at http://www.wellbeingliverpool.org.uk/

The user-friendly site has been developed to help people to access clear information about mental health and wellbeing issues, and where to find support.  The initiative is funded by NHS Liverpool CCG as part of their primary care mental health strategy and has been developed by Laridae C.I.C. (the team behind Healthwatch Liverpool Information) and local service user groups.

 

The site provides up-to-date information and choices about services that aim to help people keep well as well as helping people recover from mental ill-health.

 

If you require further information, or help to use the directory, please contact Healthwatch Information on 0300 7777 007 or enquiries@healthwatchliverpool.co.uk

 


 

Imagine News

 

News

Liverpool Mental Health Consortium's recent consultation with local LGBT people has led to a further survey in communities within the Liverpool area.  To take part in the survey please download the LGBT Community Connections Survey at the bottom of this page.


Art for Art's Sake

Art Tree is a group set up to discuss, explore and share the different Merseyside art projects, opportunities and exhibition spaces.  The group meets every two weeks, and anyone is welcome.  It's a friendly and creative atmosphere and there's free tea, coffee and biscuits too!

So, why not come along to 140 Salisbury Road (off Smithdown Road), L15 2HU. For more information, go to:

https://www.facebook.com/ImagineMainstream


Imagine - Award Winners

Imagine has been recognised for its work in the Women Only and Befriending services.

Our Women Only Services has won in the category for "Best Practice in High Intensity Services" at the Mental Health Providers Forum Awards, and the Liverpool Befriending Service received accreditation as an Approved Provider for safe and effective practice from the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation.

 


 Mediawatch

 Mersey Care Recovery College & FACT cinema in Liverpool present the second in their Journeys Through Film promotion that includes a discussion on how the movie makes you feel.  The presentation is at FACT, 88 Wood Street from 1000-1400 on Monday 1st September and features FRIED GREEN TOMATOES.  See the poster in our downloads section for more information.  The screening is free to all.


Skyfall

Samantha Dentith is a young woman who has written a book about her own personal experience of mental health problems.  It's a very honest account about what she has been through and the effect upon others close to her.

Samantha is very kindly donating 50% of her profits to Imagine from sales of this book, for which we are extremely grateful.  This inspirational read is currently available in Kindle format only, price £3.08, is available from:

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-sky-falling-down-ebook/dp/B007EDDSGO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332423769&sr=8-1

 


The Mental Health Providers Forum

The MHPF – the Mental Health Providers Forum is the representative body for voluntary sector mental health provider organisations operating across England.  The aim of the MHPF is to improve the range and quality of mental health services by working to increase the involvement of the voluntary and community sectors in service delivery.

The Mental Health Providers Forum’s Mindful Forum  is an interactive website for providers and users of mental health services. It’s a platform which aims to engage directly with all mental health stakeholders to generate discussion as well as promoting and profiling new ideas for practical improvement to services across the mental health sector.

Imagine's staff and service users can access the forum by clicking on the link below - or via the Service User tabs.

You can join in the discussion at:  http://www.mindfulforum-mhpf.org.uk/

The MHPF promotes the Recovery Star, of which you can download sample versions at the foot of this page.

The MHPF is also active in promoting the Lightbox campaign which focuses on the ability and contribution of voluntary sector organisations to support and deliver a broad range of mental health services.

 

Lightbox provides information to commissioners and GP Leads that will support them to meet the needs of their local population, ensuring that when it comes to mental health services, those in leadership roles are properly informed to commission services that make a difference.

You can watch a video about the campaign and get involved at: www.lightbox-mhpf.org.uk

For more information, contact Onye Imonioro at o.imonioro@mhpf.org.uk

To find out more about the MHPF in general and view a list of its members go to: www.mhpf.org.uk


Personal Health Budgets

Imagine have been working  in collaboration with MerseyCare on personal health budgets.   Read more about them and the positive impact this can have on day to day living by following the link:

 http://www.personalhealthbudgets.dh.gov.uk/_library/Resources/Personalhealthbudgets/2011/Razia_PHB_pilot_story.pdf

 

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