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News and Presentations for todays Improving Mental Health Crisis Care conference

Paul Farmer CBE speaking todayPaul Farmer CBE speaking today

A different response to crisis: Reducing the number of people reaching crisis point
Paul Farmer CBE,
Chief Executive Officer MIND & Chair, Oversight group for the Five Year Forward View for mental health
Paul has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006. Mind’s vision is to ensure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness, promote understanding and provides advice and support on the phone, digitally and locally. Leadership and engagement of people with mental health problems is at the heart of its activities- over half of Mind’s staff and two thirds of its Trustees have personal experience of a mental health problem. Mind was established in 1946 and has since grown into a major network with around 200 staff and a turnover of over £30 million centrally. There are over 150 independent and locally managed Mind associations providing over 1300 local services in England and Wales, helping around 400,000 people every year with an additional turnover of around £95 million.
Speaking at the conference this morning, Paul said:
"People want humanity, choice and control from crisis care"
"Social issues are often the trigger for mental health crisis" 
"People want to be believed when they say they are heading towards a crisis"
"New mental health vehicles are to be introduced and mental health nurses in ambulance control rooms"

Full PowerPoint Presentation

Journey of Hope, a suicide prevention model in partnership with psychiatry liaison at St Mary’s Paddington
Emer O’Neill,
Director, Journey of Hope CiC
Emer has over 33 years’ experience of working with people who have mental health issues.  For ten years, she was CEO of Depression Alliance, a national charity for people affected by depression. She qualified as a social worker in the 1980’s and since then has held various senior positions in the health and voluntary sectors. In 2017 she set up Journey of Hope CIC, this is a suicide prevention project working in partnership with St Marys hospital Paddington.  Journey of Hope brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that can help us recover from situations that can lead to people feeling suicidal.
Emer, speaking at the conference said:
"At Journey of Hope we bring people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that can help us recover from sad and stressful situations, that can lead to feeling suicidal."​
​Full PowerPoint Presentation


Delivering recovery-orientated mental health crisis services for SMI
Alun Thomas,
Chief Executive, Hafal
Pre Event Abstract
Many crisis situations present with an individual appearing to have a mental health problem but the situation is often one where this is the result of a social crisis and with the lack of support, the individual experiences coping issues and thus develops a mental health issue. The use of mental health resources to address the social crisis which led to the mental health crisis appears perverse where that money is taken from existing services, and actually if the area where the social crisis was properly resourced the crisis may not have occurred. Many of these social crises exist through money, relationship, housing and other problems – all of which are areas where funding has been reduced leading to the pressure on mental health services. The key here is that if problems are presenting in mental health, while supporting an individual with a mental health crisis is essential, we should not be allowing commissioners to simply move the crisis to another part of the mental health system, and the underlying causes need to be addressed.
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