Earlier this year we launched the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work?with Nesta, which found evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. Following up from this, we’ve been publishing a series of peer support case studies highlighting some of the ways in which charities are facilitating peer support, and the benefits peer support can offer for people living with long term health needs.
At the end of the month, the Chancellor will set out spending limits for the rest of the Parliament, and it’s unlikely to say the least that there will be any big giveaways for public services. This sets a challenge for the National Voices annual conference later this week, which will discuss the future for person centred care, and ask whether it could be the solution in hard times?
As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month we have decided to close this month with a blog from Danni Manzi, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Breast Cancer Care. In this blog, Danni talks about the importance of raising awareness of incurable cancer related diseases such as secondary breast cancer and how Breast Cancer Care are using their 'bucket list campaign' to achieve this.
The last blog in the series of blog posts following World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October is from Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, the mental health charity. In this blog, Paul Farmer talks about the importance of tackling mental health stigma, the launch of the #smallthings campaign and the royal visit to Mind in Harrow.
This is the thrid blog in our series of blog posts following World Mental Health Day, which was held on Saturday 10 October. This blog post has been written by Angela Newton, Deputy Director, Service User Involvement Directorate at Together for Mental Wellbeing. In this post Angela explores how national mental health charity, Together for Mental Wellbeing, supports people to tackle the challenges they face and take steps towards living the lives they want to lead.
On Saturday 10 October, it was World Mental Health Day and we at National Voices are running a series of blogs from member organisations working in this area. The first in the series is from Rebecca Neale, Policy and Communications Officer at the Mental Health Providers Forum (MHPF). In this blog post, Rebecca writes about the work of the MHPF and the invaluable involvement of the voluntary and community sector in the provision of mental health care.
In this blog, Howard Duff, Director for Team England at the RPS, shares his perspectives on centralised and localised models for commissioning pharmacy services – a key question for the consultation – and encourages all those with an interest in this area to get involved.
Carol Pearson is a retired chartered accountant. When her full-time career was cut short by complications from severe endometriosis, she had to re-create herself and she now works as an audit chair for NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group. Carol helps as a research assistant at Royal Surrey County Hospital, is a trustee for Endometriosis UK and co-leads endometriosis support groups in Brighton and Guildford. In 2013, Carol shared her story in a talk entitled ‘Rewriting Red Riding Hood’ at TEDxBrighton.
The World Health Organisation has recently published a new definition of health literacy, describing it as ‘the personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health’. There are many things I like about this new version.