New website to support people who use mental health services

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
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A new website has been launched to support people who use mental health services in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. Web Launch 4880Developed and designed by service users the website offers support and information for people with mental health challenges, their carers and also for professionals. As the official voice of service users in the Southern area, the Mental Health Forum supports people to improve their own quality of life and helps them to improve the experiences of others with mental health challenges. Speaking at the launch event, Karl Hughes, Manager of the Forum said, “Totally influenced by service users, without the input of professionals, the style and content of this website really reflects the ethos of the Mental Health Forum and is a true product of their vision. “We encourage anyone with an interest in mental health to make use of this fantastic resource which offers a wide range of information, promotes recovery and provides an opportunity for service users to use their voice.” A Southern Trust Recovery Stories Book has also been launched by the Forum. ‘Recovery – My Life, My Way Forward’ gives an insight into the experience of recovery for a number of people with mental health difficulties. Speaking at the launch, Bryce McMurray, Assistant Director of Mental Health Services for the Southern Trust said, “We are committed to involving the people who use our services in ensuring that we are continually improving what we do. “The development of this website and publication of the Recovery Stories Book are fantastic developments, which show the real benefit of supporting service users in this way.”

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