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Stevens story: 

A friend suggested I run the Beachy Head 10K for my 50th birthday (I know you're thinking he looks far too youthful for the big 5-0). I guess she was gently pointing out I was going to seed as I've been out of the military for a couple of years!

So instead of presents, I'm asking people to sponsor me for CALM - the men's mental health charity. Did you know suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45? Mental health is a subject close to my heart. I've suffered from depression and also struggled after military detachments as well as academically broadening my understanding through post graduate study. That's why my work today uses the camera to promote spiritual, mental and emotional wellbeing.Steve CALM Run

If I don't do this I'll just ask for a camera lens as a present and to be honest, I've got lots of camera lenses so the money is far better going to CALM where it can help lots of people and help change the tragic reality of male suicide.

Every penny helps:

£8 can answer one potentially life-saving call

£20 can put CALM materials in the hands of campaigners

£80 can run their website for a day

£170 keeps one phone line open for an evening

Keeping men alive by talking.

You can support Steven here!


Groundwork East have begun planning some new projects that can be used for social prescribing; here's a summary of the information we have about the projects so far! (All projects are all free for participants)

Mind Body & Soil:

(Find the flyer here)

A confidence building and soft skills development for economically inactive adults including ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) claimants through structured activity and support based at Huntingdonshire Community Plant and Tree Nursery, Godmanchester. 

The courses will include a range of gardening and food growing/preparation, craft-based and healthy eating activities to enable participants to improve their physical activity level, diet, social interaction, confidence, well-being and practical skills including potential retail volunteering opportunities.  The programme will support future employability by providing opportunities for regular commitment and skills development; specific sessions to support employability will be incorporated as needed, plus onward referrals for career advice/guidance.  Courses will run throughout the year using indoor facilities when necessary.

We suggest anyone who is interested in joining the course gets in touch with the project lead Rachel Kelly first and arranges a short visit for a tour around the site and discussion about what we do and their needs. This helps to sooth initial anxieties about turning up to the first session and starting something new. It also gives us the opportunity to get to know them and ensure we can provide the right support and environment for them and the rest of the participants.


Go Outdoors Get Active (GOGA):


These 6-week courses aim to improve health and fitness through outdoor conservation activities. It offers an alternative form of exercise for people who may be disaffected with conventional gyms and provides opportunities to learn new practical skills. Work includes conservation tasks such as coppicing and scrub clearance, and general green space improvements such as tree and bulb planting and path creation. 

The relaxed and social nature of the programme encourages participants to develop their confidence and communication skills. The programme is tailored to meet the capability of the group and any therapeutic goals that participants may have. 

Locations and dates of these courses are still currently being planned but will be shared once confirmed. If you feel like this project would work well in a particular area, please let Groundwork East know.


Grow it Cook it Share it:

(Find the flyers here and here)

This family gardening and cooking course current runs in Wisbech at various venues. It provides the opportunity for parents and children to learn and grow their own fruit and veg at home and try/share new recipes with the produce we grow. It’s a great opportunity for parents to get out and meet new people and to develop skills with their children. It also focuses on healthy eating, with any produce grown being available to take home and gentle activity through gardening.


Police Commissioner launches new website to help victims of crime

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is today (7th August) launching a new, independent and confidential Victim Services website for victims and witnesses of crime across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Victim Services website, funded by the Commissioner, provides victims and witness with clear and simple information about available support and how to access it, whatever the crime. The website also provides a service directory.

Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime and receive a grant each year from the Ministry of Justice to enable the provision of services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime.

In Cambridgeshire, end to end support is provided through the Cambridgeshire Victim and Witness Hub. Victim and Witness Care Coordinators provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by crime from the point of reporting through any criminal justice process including giving evidence at court. The Hub also links into hundreds of specialist services.  

The Commissioner sees the website as a vital tool to ensure victims of crime know what information and support is available to them and who to request help from if they are not already receiving it.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said:

“If you become a victim of crime or witness a crime, the last thing you need is to be in the dark about who to turn to for support. Taking the first step and asking for help, whether you report the crime to the police or not is a very important stage in your recovery.

“The new website lists all of the specialist support services available to help you cope and recover. It also helps reassure any victims who have already accessed support, but want a resource to refer back to.

“Importantly, accessing the website helps put you in charge of what you want to happen next.”

Steve Welby, Head of Cambridgeshire’s Victim and Witness Hub added:

“For people becoming victims and/or witnesses of crime, the new website provides people with very clear access to the wealth of support available to help. Having the right person to talk to at the right time can make an enormous difference.”

Following engagement with victim service providers across the county, the website has been developed by local company Chameleon, to compliment the support offered by the Victim and Witness Hub.

You can visit Victim Services website here: https://www.cambsvictimservices.co.uk/

With Keep Your Head for Adults now having been up and running for a few months now we thought we would share with you some of the findings from the Mental Health pharmacy campaign that ran in May as we found out how many pharmacies were using both the adults and young people Keep Your Head sites! 

So, what happened?

We had 27 pharmacies respond to the survey and across them there were 298 conversations about Mental Health recorded over the campaign period, and on 208 occasions information was given out about Keep Your Head! Which is great! Not only because Keep Your Head is proving useful for people but also because the stigma around Mental Health is slowly decreasing!! :)

JUNE 2018

Public Health England is collaborating with the Cambridge County Council again to raise awareness of domestic abuse during the World Cup

On the 14th June the World Cup begins. Whilst alcohol is not a reason or excuse for domestic abuse, there is evidence that domestic abuse incidents increase during large sporting events and alcohol is often involved in the incidents.

Click here to see a study about it! Here are some posters you can download (check them out below), download them here and here!

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MAY 2018

'I was convinced my baby deserved a better mum'

At the end of maternal mental health awareness week, Alexandra Vanotti details her experience of post-natal anxiety and the help she received - which she describes as a godsend.

 Woman with post-natal anxiety

To read the full article click here.


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NHS England has confirmed that new and expectant mums will be able to access specialist perinatal mental health community services in every part of the country by April next year.

Locally, this will mean the establishment of a new, comprehensive service across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, offering personalised and family-centred care.

Work to introduce this new service in the area will start straight away.

The health service is now spending £23 million nationally to roll out the second wave of community perinatal services to underserved parts of the country and is on course to achieve full geographical coverage, when as recently as 2014 it was estimated that only three per cent of the country had good access to perinatal mental health care.

This funding forms part of a package of measures, worth a total of £365m by 2021, to transform specialist perinatal services so that at least 30,000 additional women can access evidence based treatment that is closer to home and when they need it, through specialist community services and inpatient mother and baby units.

Specialist community perinatal mental health teams can offer psychiatric and psychological assessments and care for women with complex or severe mental health problems during the perinatal period. They can also provide pre-conception advice for women with a current or past severe mental illness who are planning a pregnancy.

Teams can be made up of doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, nursery nurses and administrative staff, who all work together to provide a comprehensive service to mums, depending on what their individual needs are.

Claire Murdoch, national mental health director for NHS England said: “Mental ill health doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to anyone at any time and it disrupts life not just for mums but the whole family, which is why we are absolutely committed to driving forward improvements in care and ensuring this important area of mental health continues to get the attention it deserves.

“Women with lived in experience can play a pivotal role when it comes to shaping the services for others and influencing how we plan and deliver care effectively as possible. What we are now starting to see is evidence based NHS services growing in parts of the country where there used to be limited or no provision at all. Thanks to a continuing investment in services and a concerted effort from dedicated staff up and down the country, we are making huge strides forward and sooner rather than later we will turn England’s specialist perinatal mental health map green.”

The new funding which has just been agreed, builds on £40 million previously allocated to 20 sites in 2016 to establish new or expand current specialist perinatal mental health community services – with over 7,000 mums accessing expert care and treatment so far. While some areas are taking a phased approach to the development of services, a plan for full provision has been promised by 2021.

NHS England is also pressing ahead with plans to open four new, eight-bedded mother and baby units (MBUs), throughout 2018/19, which will provide specialist care and support to mothers in parts of the country where access has historically been a problem.  A major milestone for mental health has just been reached in Devon, following the opening of an interim four bedded unit last month, in advance of a full new unit, which is already under construction, opening next year.

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet Founder and CEO: “Mumsnet's campaign for Better Postnatal Care has highlighted the breadth of perinatal mental health vulnerabilities, and has shown how many women struggle on with symptoms that make them feel miserable - or worse. Extra provision in this crucial area is so important and we hope it makes a real difference in supporting pregnant women and new mothers.”

Dr Alain Gregoire, Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance said: "In over 30 years working for the NHS I have never seen any national programme produce such a rapid, effective and widespread transformation in services. These new, top quality services have led directly to life saving improvements in care for women and babies that will hugely reduce immediate and long term suffering. The new developments announced today in England look set to eliminate a long-standing and serious postcode lottery, and will undoubtedly make England the world leader in mental health care for mothers and babies."

Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities Jackie Doyle-Price said: “I am determined to give every mother and baby the best start in life. That’s why this is such a welcome announcement – we are providing £365 million to transform these services so that everyone, no matter where they live, can get specialist care if they need it.”

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work closely with NHS England and HEE to help deliver the much-needed perinatal psychiatric workforce of the future.

“That 100% of the psychiatrists who completed our perinatal bursary scheme now have, or will have, perinatal consultant psychiatric jobs in their local areas is fantastic. This, together with the new wave of targeted funding, will help ensure that new and expectant mums will be able access specialist perinatal community services in every part of England by April 2019.”

Practical new guidance has also been published to help local health care systems as they put their plans into action and support community teams to deliver high quality and safe care.

The Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathways aims to improve access and quality in specialist perinatal mental health services as they become available. It sets out five new examples that promote improved patient treatment and care - depending on the mental health problem and the phase of pregnancy or the postnatal period – all of which put mums and children firmly at the centre of the plans.  Shared expertise, good practice and local delivery can all be supported through the development and expansion of the 12 clinically-led regional perinatal mental health networks across England.

One in five women will experience a mental health problem during their pregnancy and in the first year after birth, with depression and anxiety disorders being the most common. As well as being crucial to new mothers, newborns and their families, perinatal services, alongside other treatments for common mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, can play an important role in ensuring mental health is integrated into overall healthcare at the earliest possible stage of life.




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APRIL 2018

Hellblade: CPFT supported PC game about psychosis wins five BAFTAs !!!

Senua is ‘courageous, dignified and determined’ says Cambridge professor

 Hellblade: PC game BAFTA Award winning

An innovative computer game which gives an insight into experiences of psychosis and which was supported by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has received five British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations in its Games Awards.

Staff and Recovery College East students at CPFT spent three years working with Ninja Theory, the Cambridge-based company behind ‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’. In the game the central character, Celtic warrior Senua, has mental health challenges which have been brought on by trauma. 

The game has just received the most nominations in the BAFTA 2018 Games Awards, across Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, British Game, Game Beyond Entertainment, Game Innovation, Music, Narrative and Performer. The awards ceremony, hosted by Dara O’Briain, took place on Thursday 12 April at Troxy, London. 

Professor Paul Fletcher, academic lead for CPFT’s adult and specialist directorate, together with students from the Trust’s Recovery College East, acted as special advisors to Ninja Theory.

With bases in Cambridge and Peterborough, the Recovery College East offers a wide range of courses to help people develop new skills or increase their understanding of their own or other mental health challenges and their pathway to recovery. 

'Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice' is the first game to use state-of-the-art techniques to evoke the voices and visions experienced by people who live with psychosis. The game uses a binaural technique that mimics 3D human hearing – players experience visual and auditory hallucinations as if they are Senua and 'hear' voices just behind them, or whispering in their ear. 

Professor Paul Fletcher, who is honorary consultant with CPFT, said: ''I am delighted that Ninja Theory has won so many awards for 'Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice'.

“They have done something risky but important, and potentially valuable in representing experiences that most people find deeply alien. The fact that they are doing so in a first-person subjective viewpoint in a game setting, which demands that the player fully engages with the experience rather than simply passively observing it, makes it all the more powerful and has already got people on the internet and in the media talking in an engaged, thoughtful and respectful way about the nature of these experiences and what it must feel like to have them.

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Paul, who is also Bernard Wolfe Professor of Health Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow, added: “Critically, for me, the heroine, Senua, is not a weak or broken figure. She is frightened and bewildered but she is also courageous, dignified and determined and I feel that these attributes are there because of what they Ninja Theory team experienced in their extensive interactions and discussions with the people at CPFT and Recovery College.'

A total of 45 games have been recognised by BAFTA, showcasing the very best games of the past 12 months and highlighting an outstanding level of creative excellence from a broad range of UK and international development teams.

The Awards, including the nominations, are voted for by BAFTA’s global membership, comprising experienced games industry practitioners from a range of backgrounds in game development and production.


Storytelling can boost mental health

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) specialist clinical psychologist Dr Kate Nurser has conducted the first UK research on how storytelling can help the recovery of people who have experienced mental health challenges. Kate worked with students at CPFT’s Recovery College East on a paper which has just been published by the Mental Health Review Journal.

The students all took part in RCE’s Telling My Story course, which uses the storytelling process to help individuals to make sense of what has happened to them and celebrate who they are. While highly valued by students who have taken part in courses at Recovery Colleges across the country, qualitative research in the area has been limited to two small studies abroad.

Kate – who collaborated with colleagues from the University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – hopes the paper will further the understanding of how the storytelling process can positively impact on those who use it. The findings suggest that storytelling can be a highly meaningful experience and an important part of the individual’s recovery journey. They also point to ways that UK mental health services could make more of the storytelling process. For a copy of the paper, please contact Kate.

Source: (http://www.clahrc-eoe.nihr.ac.uk/2018/04/storytelling-can-boost-mental-health/)


Recovery Stories - Recovery CollegeRecovery College Stories Book

Some of the Recovery College East students have been involved in the publication of this fantastic new book, Road to Recovery: Our Stories of Hope.

In the book, there are some inspirational stories describing the incredible journeys people have taken on their road to recovery. We've been truly humbled putting these stories together and we hope you can experience some of that inspiration when you read them.

You can download a copy here! There are now printed versions available for you to buy that are just £5 each. If you'd like to buy a copy, you can send a cheque for £5 payable to Recovery College East to our Peterborough address, or you can pop into either of our colleges, in Cambridge or Peterborough, to buy one. (Addresses for the college sites are at the bottom of the article) We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 

Peterborough Recovery College East: 

Silver Birch
Gloucester Centre
Morpeth Close
Orton Longueville

Telephone: 01733 746660 or 01733 746662
Email: recoverycollegeeast@cpft.nhs.uk

Cambridge Recovery College: 

128-130 Tenison Road

Telephone: 01223 227510
Email: recoverycollegeeast@cpft.nhs.uk






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