An event recognising and rewarding the achievements of mental health organisations, service users, volunteers and carers across the North West. Informing the communities about the current situation, future plans, successes and failings within mental health services.
Myths surrounding mental health contribute to the stigma that many people living with the condition still face.
It is important that we challenge these myths and provide understanding to communities about the real facts about what mental health problems are and how they can affect people. Furthermore, we need to ensure that the good work being produced by individuals and organisations is valued and supported.
The event will involve specialist speakers from different organisations, practitioners, volunteers, funders, commissioners, carers and politicians. It will provide them with the platform to speak directly with people who access services about what they are doing, what they plan to do and inform them of what they see as priority issues.
Service users will be an integral part of the event development and delivery. They will be involved at all stages of planning and will take on a variety of roles at the event, one being publicly speaking about what their priority needs are, how they find current service provisions and which areas they believe require improvements.
The impact of the event will be:-
Organisations and individuals will develop a broader knowledge of the mental health needs of people who are accessing mental health services.
Funders will be made more aware of work that may go un-noticed or not acknowledged within the community, thus they will realise how to best distribute future resources.
To provide Funders and Commissioners with a forum in which they can speak directly to established organisations and service providers within the community, whom they may not be aware of. This will ensure that funding for mental health services will be less likely to be mainly taken by the larger national organisations, who predominantly do not possess the indepth knowledge of local community needs.
It will help decrease the stigma surrounding mental health, leading to more people addressing their mental health needs at an early stage.
It will encourage partnership development, merging knowledge, experience and skills, to ensure the best possible services are being delivered.