If you’ve had a chance to look around this website since we relaunched this year, you might have noticed that we’ve got a whole load of content on mental health conditions, and issues related to mental health. Most of this is based on the NHS, so it’s good, researched information. But as one of our writers eloquently argues on Sheffield Flourish, words matter. We wanted to refine it, in collaboration with our city’s citizens, to make the most of the expertise we have in these hills.
We made sure we shouted about it when we relaunched this website: we had a big event with 100 people, went on the radio and got ourselves in the newspaper. And we’re still busy plugging away at it now. But it’s not quite working!
We know from our day to day experience that there are people out there who need help but don’t know where to go, people who would benefit from knowing about this website. At least one in four people are affected by mental health, and we want to make sure every one of those people living in Sheffield knows about our website. It’s an ambitious plan…
Sheffield Health and Social Care (SHSC) are in the process of making some big changes to Adult Community Mental Health Services. The changes began at the end of 2017 and are gradually being implemented. There will be four drop-in sessions to provide an opportunity to find out more about the changes that have been going on and a chance to talk to service managers and leaders.
To celebrate the launch of this website we asked the people of our city to share their vision – one photo and 50 words summing up what they want to say about mental health today. The submissions, below, are all brilliantly different. We felt privileged to share them, and we were also pleased we didn’t have to decide on the winners (the choice would be too hard!). Instead we asked the public to vote, and we’re pleased to announce the winner is Liz Davies, for her photo and quote ‘Hope in the Darkness’. Thanks to everyone who took part for your beautiful entries.