Because... Theres No Health Without Mental Health!                                  Winter 2011                         Wh...
Contents    3 Welcome from Mary & Dan    4 Our Governors    5 Why I am a Governor    6 Real Life Story - 40 years of Schiz...
WelcomeWe would like to wish all our members a very MerryChirstmas and a Happy New Year!There is unprecedented change in t...
Our Governorsgold...           worth their weight in    Dave Monk                 , a radio presentor from BBC    Essex an...
Why I am a GovernorClive White, Goveror for VoluntaryOrganisations (Colchester Mind)I have been a Governor for the Trust s...
40 years of Schizophenia    David Bamber tells his story    10 September 1973, aged 18,          I re-trained in computer ...
Reader’sy                                                                                4 page Supplement                ...
Reader’sy       tor       Sis doing very well on her re-     one of my patients! He came       have been far too much of a...
and we had to react to it the        husband’s job as a bricklayer                                                        ...
Reader’sy       tor        Snosis. Putting to one side the      happy to discuss new ideas           write to express myse...
KICKS - Kids in thecommunity kick stigma!       5QP                          W    e recently set up a group called 5QP mad...
Hate Crime    Christine’s story    M                   any people with        Comments where shouted in                   ...
What we’v e been up toThe Mary St.Aubyn CentreWork on our new CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental HealthService) unit is we...
Annual Public Meeting     A            round 300            people            attended     the Trust’s Annual     Public M...
Dates for your Diary   22                    Clacton Christmas Carers Event                    Freeland Court Day Hospital...
Your Governors                                                      Your Governo                                          ...
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  1. 1. Because... Theres No Health Without Mental Health! Winter 2011 Whats Inside... World Mental Health Day Service User Stories KICKS Annual Public Meeting 2011 Upcoming Events for 2012
  2. 2. Contents 3 Welcome from Mary & Dan 4 Our Governors 5 Why I am a Governor 6 Real Life Story - 40 years of Schizophenia 7 KICKS - Kids in the community kick stigma! 7 8 Real Life Story - Hate Crime 9 What we’ve been up to 9 11 Dates for your diary Dear Member, Hello everyone. e is jam- There’s been plenty going on! This issu nts, stories packed with news and pictures of eve and lots more. events. We hope to see you at our upcoming keep an They’ve not all been finalised yet but for more eye on our website or facebook page on 01245 information. Alternatively, contact me k if you 546481 or helene.samuel@nepft.nhs.u cific event has want me to let you know when a spe been finalised. s in the Something new is our KICKS page - kid very are community kicking stigma. Youngsters amazing aware of mental health issues and it’s , based how many have first hand experience doing on our visits to schools. And they are to raise suc h wonderful things in the community awareness and help those with menta feel they are not alone. l health issues 9 Helene Samuel Editor Helene Samuel, Communications Team Layout and design Tracey Mann, Communications Team Tracey.Mann@nepft.nhs.uk2 Got something to say? Get involved Email: 10
  3. 3. WelcomeWe would like to wish all our members a very MerryChirstmas and a Happy New Year!There is unprecedented change in the NHS right now and we Mary St.Aubyn Dan Kesslerwant you to be involved now, whilst this is all happening. Chairman Lead GovernorFirst, the factsLast year we provided: * 512,000 pieces of care, up about 40,000 on the year before * 123,000 patient bed days * 442 patient bed days for the mother and baby unit * 85,000 appointments for the community * 23,000 crisis care packages * 70,000 phone calls to patients about their careBut stigma and discrimination still exist (see Christines story on page 8) Mental illness can be a lifethreatening condition and its time we offered understanding and compassion.So we need you for two reasons. One to help us improve our services with new ideas, new methods andsecondly to help us campaign for better understanding of mental health and the people who need help.What you can do* Tell us what you think* Contact your Governors with ideas* Become a campaigner* Invite us to speak in your community or organisations* Help us with interview panels, focus groups and staff trainingSo join in! Harry Young 1955 - 2011 We’re very sad to report that Harry Young, one of the public Governors for Colchester, died in October. Dan Kessler, our lead Governor, paid tribute to Harry at a meeting of the Governors in November. “Harry was very well known in the Trust and amongst services users and carers as a tireless campaigner against the scourge of mental illness, something he experienced himself. I last saw him at our Annual Meeting in September when, true to form, he asked questions about service user involvement and wanting more of it, immediately! One of his big priorities was getting better help for young people experiencing mental illness. His commitment was the very definition of public service and what contributing for others really means. He would pop up all over Essex to speak up and speak out about services going well and when they weren’t going so well! It was a privilege to know and work with him. I’ll certainly miss him; I’m sure we all will.” At Harry’s funeral in November a number of Trust Governors, Directors and staff attended. The family asked for donations to the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). Music was a big part of Harry’s life and the ceremony started with ‘Let it be’ and concluded with “Go your own way” - all very Harry! The Trust has dedicated a film about the stigma campaign to Harry. Got something to say? Get involved 3 Email:
  4. 4. Our Governorsgold... worth their weight in Dave Monk , a radio presentor from BBC Essex and Trust Governor for Media, was presented with an award at the June Council of Governors meeting. Mary St Aubyn, Chairman, said: “You will always find Dave at the front and this is not because he’s a show off, but Dave is always out in front. Unusually for a journalist, he has championed mental health and all the issues around it by featuring the stories and people it affects. “Dave has been a terrific campaigner and raised his voice for Dave Monk accepts his award from Mary our cause for a very long time. Some of his fans tell me that St.Aubyn he has been in this business for 25 years this year and we can’t let that pass - we’re presenting him with this star from all of his friends here at the Trust as a small recognition of his outstanding work for mental health - a star for a star - well done!” Pat Hamilton , Public Governor for Uttlesford, recently spoke on BBC Essex about mental health in rural areas. He said, “I live in a rural area of north Essex. In the past I have been chair of our local MIND and a carer for someone experiencing an episode of mental ill-health. I am particularly interested in mental health in rural communities as Uttlesford Mind sponsored a research project on this subject with Essex University, under Dr Peter Martin (2003). This led to The Uttlesford Rural Network (TURN). You don’t Pat Hamilton have to go to Northumberland or Mid-Wales to find rural communities.” Earlier this year, David Bamber, Public Governor for Harlow, organised a members meeting for the Harlow members. It was well attended and the presentation on the Derwent Centre update prompted much discussion. There was also a presentation by Andrew Geldard, Chief Executive. David Bamber Angela Barnes , Public Governor for Tendring: I’m back from the Weeley Car Boot Sale where I had a stand to recruit new members. I talked to several people, but it was not as busy as usual because of the Tendring Show. Even so, I recruited two new members and so perhaps its something that other governors may consider doing in their areas. There was no cost to the Trust either apart from a small amount of mileage, as I was allowed the pitch for nothing. Also, on 1 December, at the launch of the Friends of the Landermere Centre, I, as the Chair of the group was awarded with a cheque for £4,488.38 from the Landermere Daisy Chain Appeal. The Landermere Daisy Chain Appeal was Angela Barnes established as a Charity in 1996 and raised funds to buy a minibus for patients at the Landermere Centre. The minibus was sold recently and the proceeds have been donated to the group to buy new memory aid equipment for patients.4 Got something to say? Get involved Email:
  5. 5. Why I am a GovernorClive White, Goveror for VoluntaryOrganisations (Colchester Mind)I have been a Governor for the Trust since the very beginning.My recent Trust activities have been something of a mixture. Ichair the Youth Matters Group and present ideas to the Council ofGovernors. Our main role has been to hear the plans for children’sservices and feed in views of our constituents. We have worked ona number of areas that will allow greater input to the Board. It is stillmy view that we need to develop this input even more. To that endwe have been working to get some young people invited into theTrust to provide their view on what we are doing. Whilst completelyunderstanding the age limits on governors, it does mean we haveto find innovative ways of getting views direct from young people.Inviting the youngsters seems to fit that innovation.Mary Power, Public Governor for ChelmsfordMy reason for becoming a Governor was to help improve local health services. I feel passionate aboutthis and feel that local users deserve to have a quality service available to them. I am a carer to a familymember who is a service user. I am aware of the stigma of mentalillness and feel able to be empathetic towards service users.Some of the skills that I have developed during my workingcareer are the ability to communicate with staff from statutory andvoluntary services and members of the public, as I have spentmy working career with the NHS covering positions in Nursing,Midwifery and Health Visiting. I also completed a degree in SocialSciences and received inservice training from the Trust.One of the roles of a Governor is to act as an advisor. This isachieved by attending meetings with the Board of Directors andbeing a key community link to feed back views, information andnews between the Trust and the community. Governors also workwith the Board to set priorities for improvements and change. Ourrole is to carry this out in a positive, supportive manner.My best skill is in signing up new members for the Trust and I carrythis out, some would say ‘fanatically!’ Everywhere I go I look for anopportunity to sign people up as members. It is important that everyone is represented when signing upmembers.Some of the highlights of my short time in office include; taking part in the World Mental Health Day Walkin Chelmsford, acting as a “Living Book” in Chelmsford Library to engage with the public and becoming amember of Youth Matters as I have a special interest in young people. I am also chair of the Friends of theRainbow Mother and Baby Unit, where at a recent fundraising event, we managed to raise over £640 toput towards toys for the unit. This was much more than the £500 we were aiming for, so thanks to all whocame. Got something to say? Get involved 5 Email:
  6. 6. 40 years of Schizophenia David Bamber tells his story 10 September 1973, aged 18, I re-trained in computer was convinced there was a plot was a big day when I started programming with the help of the to kill me. I was so convinced I an Honours Degree course hospital Occupational Therapy repeatedly set off the fire alarm at the University of Salford. team to become a computer to fetch the fire brigade to rescue Whatever the reason, this move programmer. me from what I saw was the triggered what I know now as danger of the staff. One night I the first ‘lucid’ symptoms of Another short spell in hospital was so deranged and frightened schizophrenia. In the months after redundancy in 1995 and I poured a bucket full of water following I heard voices in my down the back of one of those old head, had delusional thoughts, and many other frightening “Then a miracle type TV sets, while people were watching it, although I ought to experiences. But I didn’t know happened: they have known of the danger. what the pursuing hell was, where to get treatment and, started me on a Then a miracle happened: frankly, I was too ashamed new drug called they started me on a new drug to openly admit there was called Amisulpiride, an atypical anything wrong. Amisulpiride” antipsychotic, which I am still on to this day. Within days I had In October 1982 I was admitted then some retraining for future vastly improved. Within weeks I to the then Hopkins Ward at The work, whilst becoming financial was into a recovery ward, and ‘off Princess Alexandra Hospital director of the service user section’. Well, out again into the Psychiatric Department. The organisation, NEST for nearly open world in late 2005, and how nightmare began. I would be in three years. have I been doing since then? and out of this inpatient ward for Some up’s and downs again, but the next three years, including In May 2005 I was sectioned. The not too bad, and I’ve managed one whole year as an inpatient. next six months was an extremely to stay out of hospital, and be The worst day of my life was dark and very black period of reasonably stable mentally. when my consultant told me my life when I was I had a mental illness called grossly unwell. I was schizophrenia. If cancer is to the convinced the medical body then being told this is the staff, under direction equivalent to the mind. of the ‘Authorities’, were trying to kill me, But at last I had a diagnosis. I and specifically poison didn’t need to hide it any more, me. Every medication, or go round in agony not knowing every food, every cup what I was suffering from. I was of coffee, even fumes schizophrenic. It was a shock to coming up the sink, I my family too, but we knew what it was now. In August 1983 I met my future wife and present partner in Hopkins Ward who, like me, suffers from schizophrenia. We married in May 1994.6 Got something to say? Get involved Email:
  7. 7. Reader’sy 4 page Supplement Reader’sy tor S tor S We met Celeste when she came along to one of our Poetry events in the summer, and she told us her story. Celeste agreed to share it with the Trust and all our members - you - so here it is. If you’d like to send your story in to us, please email foundationtrust@nepft.nhs.ukI was born here in Colchester March 1980; a salutary les- cardiac care and the Intensivein Sept 1966 and grew up be- son at the age of 14 in human Care Unit.side the seaside in Clacton-on- mortality and the fragile nature Unfortunately I was very ill asSea with two younger sisters of life - my first but certainly a child and only found out thisand a much younger brother. not my last. Luckily I had a was due to a long-term chronic close relationship with various kidney problem at the age ofMy mum was young when she family members (especially my 18. Although I completed myhad me and was a full-time nana) who also lived in Clac- nurse training I gradually slidstay at home mother, always ton, and I have many happy into complete renal failurethere after school with comfort and positive memories of my which subsequently led to meand home-cooked meals. childhood. And yet, I also felt being medically retired from like an outsider, I just didn’t fit the NHS in 1993 at the grandMy dad was a self-employed in anywhere because I felt so “I have manyelectrician working locally and different from those all aroundhome every evening until I was me. I was troubled and angst-8 years old when he fell intoa job as an electrical subcon- ridden even before I entered my teens and there are some happy and positivetractor working offshore in very real and painful memories memories of mythe rapidly expanding North of running away from home childhood. And yet,Sea gas and oil industry. He at 11, getting into trouble with I also felt like an ”worked two weeks on and two the police for shoplifting, beingweeks off for the remainder of bullied at school, underage outsidermy time at home which was drinking and even self-harmingtough on my mum and tough from quite a young age. Ion us kids despite the obvi- stayed silent and retreated old age of 27. Dialysis soonous benefits of a significant into a world of make-believe followed for a couple of yearsincrease in our family income, and books in order to sur- but I was then lucky enough tosuch as moving from a council vive. However, somehow I got receive a kidney from my mumestate to a private house and through it all and at the end at the Royal London Hospitalholidays abroad instead of in of 1985 at the age of 19, I left in the summer of 1995. Sincethe UK. My dad also came home and went to Chelmsford then I have been extremelyterrifyingly close to being on to do my three year SRN train- well although I have to takethe Alexander Kielland, a ing. Once qualified I worked as loads of anti-rejection tabletsNorwegian drilling rig which a staff nurse in various places daily and have regular bloodcapsized in the North Sea in including general medicine, tests and check-ups. My mum
  8. 8. Reader’sy tor Sis doing very well on her re- one of my patients! He came have been far too much of amaining kidney and we usually into Broomfield on New Year’s cliché! He also has sufferedcelebrate our ‘transplant day’ Eve 1988 for an emergency some mental health issues inevery anniversary, the 15th of appendicectomy and 3 days the past decade, having beenAugust. later left with me! We married diagnosed with severe clini- in Sept 1991 and have cele- cal depression and enduringI returned to nursing post- brated our 20th wedding anni- several cyclic episodes, usu-transplant in 1999 and worked versary recently. He’s my rock, ally triggered by an increaseon both intensive care and the my right-hand man and my in his work load, and thereforeregional burns unit which was soul mate; I’m so lucky to have stress, in the yearly 3-monthvery rewarding but extremely met him and at least I didn’t run up to Christmas whenstressful. I nursed a survivor marry a doctor. That would he’s at his busiest at work. Iof both the Paddington rail should just mention here that “both incapacitycrash and the Admiral Duncan he is a self-employed wall andpub bombing in Soho. Difficult floor tiler working from hometimes. I am in receipt as the sole trader of his own of business. His illness has beenI made the decision to leave compounded by other issuesmy career in 2002 as it was benefit and DLA that I will mention later. Whenstarting to affect my physicaland mental health and have and, as a result, you hear about the difficulties we have had to face in oursubsequently let my nursing worry greatly married life then you probablyqualification lapse. I am in will be no more surprised thanreceipt of both incapacity ben- about the pos- I was that he was heading forefit and DLA and, as a result, sible impact that some sort of mental collapse atworry greatly about the pos- some point. It was like waitingsible impact that the present the present gov- for the proverbial accident togovernment’s welfare reforms ernment’s welfare happen in that I saw it comingwill have on me. but because of my own issues reforms will have found myself completely un- ”The same week that I passed able to intervene and do any-my nursing exams I also met on me. thing about husband, Jamie, who was The crisis eventually happened
  9. 9. and we had to react to it the husband’s job as a bricklayer Reader’sy tor Sbest we could with the help of in the recession of the early “I have soa psychiatrist and the continu- 90s and subsequent repos-ing and invaluable support of session of our house. Theour very competent and un- resulting mental breakdownderstanding GP. Having finallyaccepted his diagnosis Jamie I suffered in March 1995 led me to spend 3 months in the much to thankis now more able to deal with newly-opened Linden Centre my presenthis depression proactively. An as a voluntary patient. Fromincreasing level of self-aware- that I was (wrongly in my opin- psychiatrist,ness leading to a better, less ion) diagnosed with depressionfrantic work/life balance and resulting in years of therapy Dr Bisdee, for. ”getting the right drug therapy and long-term SSRIs. After aat the right dose and right time few attempts to come off thehas worked small wonders and antidepressants it took anotherhe is currently enjoying a long 13 years for me to reach crisisperiod of remission. point. A psychotic episode just stable frame of mind than I can before Christmas 2008 finally ever remember.Life has dealt us a few blows led, five months later, to my I have so much to thank myover the years, the worst being diagnosis of bipolar affective present psychiatrist, Dr Bis-the death of our only child in disorder. Unable to go onto dee, for. Initially I asked to seeMarch 1992 at the age of 10 Lithium because of my trans- him because of my perceiveddays. Daniel was born about plant it has taken time and incompatibility with the doctor10 weeks prematurely and some imagination on the part I was initially referred to fol-weighed in at only 2lb 6oz. He of my GP and psychiatrist to lowing my psychotic episode. Ifought so hard to live but sadly get the drug regime right. saw her twice and felt I wasn’twe lost him and the effects of being listened to or under-that still deeply affect us today, Thanks to all the help I’ve stood. There was no trust thereas they were always bound to. received from the CMHT, my at all and I wasn’t happy with CPN, the MDF Bipolar Organi- her inability to explain why sheThe 90s were very difficult sation and Rethink (a national was prescribing some heavy-years for us with the loss of my mental health charity), I now duty anti-psychotic medicationcareer, my physical health, my find myself well and in a more or give me any hint of a diag-
  10. 10. Reader’sy tor Snosis. Putting to one side the happy to discuss new ideas write to express myself, for thefact that I was probably a little and I feel that I can talk to him sheer enjoyment and creativ-paranoid and delusional at the as an equal. His knowledge, ity of it and because it’s goodtime and had been experienc- professionalism, expertise, some visual and auditory humanity, support and humourhallucinations something just are invaluable to me and I am Encouraged by having recentlydidn’t feel right on the couple under no illusion that without become a media volunteer forof occasions we met at the his on-going support and input Rethink and meeting up withLinden Centre and so I exer- I wouldn’t be as well or stable Mike again at a recent eventcised my patient rights and as I am at this present time. I hope now that the time isasked to see somebody else. We work well together and it’s right to take my writing forwardLuckily my concerns were nice to know that should I feel with a modicum of confidencetaken seriously and that is how I was relapsing into mental in my abilities. I am under noI came to see Dr Bisdee for the ‘unwellness’ at any point in the illusion that I will become richfirst time in June 2009 when he future that seeing him for an and famous because of it butgave me the totally expected assessment and/or help is only only hope to challenge peo-(on my part) but still shocking ever a phone call away. ple’s ideas and preconcep-diagnosis of Bipolar Affective tions about mental illness. IDisorder. At last the years of Life is pretty stable at the am passionate about helpingmadness had a name. I had moment and I am presently to end the stigma, the fear, thespent a dangerous five months managing my bipolar disor- prejudice and ignorance sur-ultra-rapid cycling which is not der well. I amuse myself by rounding a subject that affectsa new Olympic event but the reading, watching TV, being a roughly one in four of the adultpsychiatric equivalent of be- very hands-on aunty to vari- population to some on a very fast and out of ous nieces and nephews aged Chances are that if you arecontrol rollercoaster. I had got from 5-21 years, cooking, sitting listening to this with 3 ofto the point where even I didn’t keeping up with current affairs your colleagues, or friends, orhave a clue about what I was and generally trying to be the family members…well, I guessgoing to do next so it was an best that I can be. you can do the maths! And soimmense relief to start treat- if my writing and speaking toment. I started writing a journal in groups such as yours in someSince then I have seen him 1995 whilst in the Linden way changes the way oneregularly every 3 months and Centre (I have since shredded person thinks or approachesover time we have managed to that in a moment of complete mental ill-health then that isbuild up a mutually respectful madness a few years ago) and enough reward for me. As theand trusting working relation- have carried on writing fairly Rethink poster so succinctlyship. In a similar fashion to regularly since then when I puts it – my ‘problem’ is bipolarhow I have dealt with my renal have the time and inclination to disorder. What’s yours? (Thankproblems over the years and do so. I have been told many you)due in no small part to that times over the years that Iparticular experience I have have a ‘talent’ for it but haven’t Celeste E Thompsonmanaged to work in partner- felt able to take it forward be- Autumn 2011ship with him. When I see him cause of a lack of confidencewe always seem able to speak in my abilities. I convince my-openly and honestly about self that people are only say-anything; suggesting and ing that to make me feel bet-discussing treatment options, ter know the sort ofdrug regimes and therapeutic thing....such is the unpredict-options together. He is always able nature of being bipolar. I
  11. 11. KICKS - Kids in thecommunity kick stigma! 5QP W e recently set up a group called 5QP made up of youngsters in work, school and who have used our services. Their job is to meet with teams throughout the Trust, ask them questions about the service and look around the unit. They then feed back to Andrew Geldard, chief executive, their views and ask pointed questions when necessary. The first trip was to Harkenwell, our child and adolescent centre in Maldon, where they were impressed with the staff and the unit but had questions around the number of staff available. Thank you to Ben, Ceri, Emma and Jess (and Clive White our Trust governor). S tudents from the Chantry High School in Ipswich presented a Memory Blanket to the Trust on 13 July at the DefoeDay Centre, Kings Wood Unit in Colchester. HelenComer, from Chantry High, led a delegation of studentsand staff to King’s Wood where the blanket, madespecially to raise awareness of dementia, was presentedto Chairman, Mary StAubyn, Lead Governor, Dan Kessler,Dr Mary Kennedy, Nurse Consultant for Dementia andclinical manager, and Denise Cracknell, Ward Manager.C helmer Valley School and Cedar Hall School (Benfleet) also sent a number of cards from 30 students about dementia. Andrew Geldard, our Chief Executive, said, “Well done to these students. Withnumbers rising, most families will know someone with dementia. There is no cure but we do believe in livingwell with dementia. These students are fabulous because they show their caring sides, and we know it hasan impact on them too. This kind of action is a very practical way of showing they care” S oap Sence 2011 kicked off with a performance by Boswells School in Chelmsford. Inspired by the NHS, this play arose from one of the awareness sessions the Trust recently made at the school.Interpretive dance takesyou through a family death and the subsequent demands, and depression of, a young man. The drama isdrawn out with the whole cast speaking statistics about mental illness, with the closing line being that only1 in 4 who need help get it because of stigma and the taboos around it, as well as reasons such as theside effects of some medications. Mike Waddington, Associate Director of Communications commented “Agreat, moving performance”. Go to page 10 to find out more. Got something to say? Get involved 7 Email:
  12. 12. Hate Crime Christine’s story M any people with Comments where shouted in mental health the street, “you mental health Christine is very keen to thank problems say that bitch” and “people like you are all the staff at The Lakes for the the biggest barrier scum”, while children would throw care she has received from them. to getting back on things at her front door. Equally “They have helped a lot and have their feet is not the symptoms of distressing was that neighbours always been good to me”. She illness, but the attitudes of other Christine had known for thirty was also full of praise for the on- people. years would ignore her and cross going support she has received the road. This all led to Christine from the crisis team. The stigma and discrimination not daring to leave the house. surrounding mental illness can “I’ve hidden behind my mental make it difficult for people to After some incidents the Police health but I’ve got to speak out” maintain friendships, get a job or became involved but felt that she said. “I’m feeling well now get involved in their community. their intervention could make and I want to fight back”. Having the situation worse, a judgement suffered the negative affects of Despite attitudes about sexuality, Christine now accepts although stigma, Christine feels this is ethnicity and other similar issues she feels improved police liaison often spurred on by negative improving, and despite some in cases like this would be helpful. stories in the media. “Having a improvements since the launch Mental Health problem doesn’t of Time to Change, discrimination Although the family at the centre mean you are evil, or nasty” she against people with mental health says. “I wish there was better problems is still widespread. “A Mental understanding of those suffering with mental ill health and I wish Christine (not her real name) Health problem the people who have been recently spoke to us about her abusive could know what it feels own experiences. doesn’t mean like”. In 1998 Christine’s health you are evil, or deteriorated to the point where she needed inpatient treatment nasty” On and spent fourteen weeks at The Lakes in Colchester. The police of her torment were evicted in Wednesday were present when she was taken 2008 (for unrelated reasons) 29 February into care. She smiles now saying Christine still occasionally sees “at the time I thought I was going the women in town and “she 2012 we’re leaping to a fancy dress party!”. looks daggers at me”. But she against stigma in On her return home from hospital says, “I am no longer afraid; it took some courage but I said to Colchester. Go she began to suffer a campaign her, if you have a problem, talk to page 11 for of verbal abuse by neighbours, particularly from one family. to me. She didn’t but I am not afraid.” more info. Join our campaign; it is Time to Change and that time is now!8 Got something to say? Get involved Email:
  13. 13. What we’v e been up toThe Mary St.Aubyn CentreWork on our new CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental HealthService) unit is well underway and we can’t wait for the openingnext year.The Centre - expected to be operational in June 2012 - has been namedafter Mary St.Aubyn, the Chairman of the Trust, who stands down in one year’s timeafter 10 years at the helm. Mary has been a firm champion of young people’s services and isdelighted with the honour. In June we kicked off World Mental Health Day with our Hopping Mad campaign. Trust governors, including Dave Monk from BBC Essex who led the charge, hopped around Central Park to highlight the stigma that still surrounds mental ill health. Over 200 people took part in the Extra Mile walk on World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2011 in Central Park, Chelmsford. The event was organised by North Essex Partnership and supported by Virgin Active, Dorset Cereals, Britvic and Time to Change. The purple plaster, No Health without Mental Health, was worn by service users, staff and members of the public to raise awareness and stop mental health discrimination. A groundbreaking partnership has been formed between the military, North Essex Partnership and Combat Stress to look after the needs of veterans with mental health problems. The partnership, which works under the slogan “A United Approach”, held a conference at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester on 18 October, to explore the services already available for veterans locally and improve links between organisations. Stuart Ayris, Team a man with schizophrenia/alcohol health problems, fighting stigma Manager for Maldon problems and his efforts to be and showing that suffering from Adult Community Mental Health reunited with the wife and son a mental illness does not stop Team, has finished his second he abandonned 24 years earlier. someone being the hero of their book, a novel called Tollesbury The book celebrates the spirit own life. Time Forever. The novel is about of people suffering with mental Got something to say? Get involved 9 Email:
  14. 14. Annual Public Meeting A round 300 people attended the Trust’s Annual Public Meeting on 14 September 2011 at the Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford. Bruce Calderwood, Director of Mental Health and Disability at the Department of Health was the guest speaker and he spoke about the Government’s mental The winner was St Clere’s School Dan Kessler, Lead Governor: health strategy, ‘No Health without – the students were presented “Congratulations - our best APM Mental Health’ and the future of with a trophy by Mary St Aubyn, to date.” mental health services. Chairman. Boswells School was the runner up and Clacton Three local schools, (St Clere’s Coastal Academy was highly School, Stanford-Le-Hope, commended. Clacton Coastal Academy and Boswells School, Chelmsford) Feedback performed their plays about Linda Pearson, Staff Governor: mental health. The plays were “The plays - well they spoke for written especially for a drama themselves didn’t they - what competition which was organised a wonderful idea that was. I do by the Trust to highlight mental wish all our staff could have seen Students performing from St health issues and end stigma. them. It was an excellent APM.” Cleres School Coming Up Schizophrenia The National Inquiry into Schizophrenia is about to launch the questions it’s seeking views on - We are planning three meetings around “Understanding Schizophrenia” and will include service user and carer stories as well as medical and nursing opinions. Want to get involved? Then get in touch! 2012 Drama & Speaking Competition The Trust’s Mental Health Drama competition for schools has been launched and this year also includes a public speaking competition on the theme, “OMG I cant believe what you just said about mental health” - want to get involved? If so let us know!10 Got something to say? Get involved Email:
  15. 15. Dates for your Diary 22 Clacton Christmas Carers Event Freeland Court Day Hospital in Clacton is holding it’s annual carers at Christmas event on Thursday 22 December between 12noon and 3pm.December It will be an open door event for carers and the people that they care for to come and find out about services available to them locally. It is also a time for carers to meet each other and have a mince pie and a bit of Christmas cheer.Governor ElectionsWe are looking for people to stand for election as Governors of the Trust (electionstake place between January and March 2012, by postal ballot). 18&25Were looking for Governor candidates in ... JanuaryTendring, Colchester, Braintree, Epping and UttlesfordWere also holding two events where you can chat with some Governors, to get abetter feel for whats needed and whether you want to give it a go! These will be held on Wednesday 18January at 6.30pm - 8pm, and on Wednesday 25 January at 1pm - 3pm. Both gatherings will be held atTrust HQ, Stapleford House, Stapleford Close, Chelmsford, CM2 0QX World Mental Health Day Launch 29 On Wednesday 29 February 2012 we’re leaping against stigma in Colchester. We will be launching a conference about stigma that day to build up for a magnificent February World Mental health Day on Wednesday 10 October 2012. If you want to be part of the leaping (not bungee jumping!) but are prepared to go the extra few feet for mental health - please us know. 3 5 6 1 Brain Teaser 3 8 5 9 7 2 6 7 4Get Involved! 7 5 7 2 4 3 1 2If you would like more information about our upcoming 9events or have you got something to say? Get involved!Contact: or call 0800 169 1625 6 1 3 8We want to know your recipes!For our next issue we want to feature your favourite recipes, the ones that make you feel good. Sendus your best recipe, your reasons why it’s your favourite and pictures to: 11
  16. 16. Your Governors Your Governo rs can’t can’t deal with pers onal complain or concerns a ts Contact bout the Tru st u can or your care There are two ways yo and treatmen t. : For this, you contact your Governor should speak Secretary, to your Care By letter. C/O Trust Co-ordinator ce, NEPFT, 103 call the Patie or Trust Secretary’s offi nt Advice an sford, CM2 Liaison Servic d Stapleford Close, Chelm e (PALS) on 01245 546433 b 0QX etw ntrust@nepft. and 4.30pm, M een 9am By email to foundatio onday - Frida y. s is below. A list of our governor clude the Please remember to in /s you wish name of the Governor essage. to contact in your mPublic Governors:Braintree: Mikey Henderson, Matt Mills, Valerie SachChelmsford: Mary Power, Steven Pruner, Cathy Trevaldwyn, Brian WinderColchester: Annette Bright, Peter Cheng, Lucy TaylorEast Herts: Michael WallerEpping Forest: Sheila Jackman, Andrew Smith, Brian SpinksHarlow: David Bamber, Terrie HarrisMaldon: David Pickles, David WilliamsSouth Essex: David FairweatherSuffolk: Moshud AliTendring: Angela Barnes, Dan Kessler, Hugh ThompsonStakeholder Governors:Essex County Council: Cllr Michael SkeelsHM Prison Chelmsford: Robert DavisMedia: Dave Monk - BBC EssexPrimary Care Trusts: Qadir Bakhsh - W Essex, David Barron - M Essex, Tim Young - NE EssexTACMEP: Nick Ntiako BrownUniversities: Allen Senivassen - Anglia Ruskin UniversityVoluntary Organisations: Claire Lance - Alzheimer’s Society, Hazel Ruane - Essex Respite Assn, Clive White - Colchester MindContact usIf you would like to feature in one of our next stories or would like to get involved with any of ourevents please get in touch. Contact: or call 0800 169 1625We’re now on facebook! Go to have a look at our DVDs and photos.