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.
Healthwatch is an independent body that operates in local communities and works in partnership with other local organisations to ensure that people's local health and social needs are met.
HealthWatch Liverpool keeps a directory of all Health and Social Care services operating across Merseyside. This includes Imagine services alongside other providers. You can find out more information on the range of services available in the new e-bulletin of Healthwatch. Just scroll down to the download link 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:
Imagine has been recognised for its work in the Women Only and Befriending services.
In July, the Women Only Services won in the category for "Best Practice in High Intensity Services" at the Mental Health Providers Forum Awards. The MHPF selected a group of judges from across the sector who took into consideration how each service provided support to the people using it, whether it met commissioning needs, its applicability to other target audiences as well as innovative and sustainable practice.
Meanwhile, the Liverpool Befriending Service received accreditation in May as an Approved Provider for safe and effective practice from the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation.
Dudley Edwards from Imagine's Croydon office talks about Mental Health Day on Croydon Radio. Hear the podcast at:
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:
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 Forumis 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.
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.