Nov 172011

A conference promoting the government’s  ‘No Health Without Mental Health’ initiative in Dorset saw a number of local organisations join service users and mh professionals at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester on 20th Octover. The conference was organised by Dorset County Council in partnership with Bournemouth University, NHS Dorset and Dorset Health Care Foundation Trust, and keynote addresses were given by Bruce Calderwood, Director of Mental Health at the Department of Health, Rachel Perkins, clinical psychologist and Mind Champion of the Year 2010, and Terry Bowyer, Peer Specialist with Dorset Mental Health Forum. The Chief Executive of DHUFT, Roger Browning and members of the University Executive Group, including the Vice Chancellor Professor John Vinney were in attendance.

One key focus of the day was the creation of a new declaration outlining key objectives for mental health in Dorset, with individual and group pledges to take action that will make a lasting difference to the lives of people suffering from poor mental health. These relate to the six shared objectives outlined in the ‘No Health Without Mental Health’ strategy:

1. More people will have good mental health
2. More people with mental health problems will recover
3. More people with mental health problems will have good
physical health
4. More people will have a positive experience of care and
5. Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm
6. Fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination

To read the full strategy document follow this link


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