Members’ Bulletin

February 2020

Losing It: Our Mental Health Crisis

The third episode of our Channel 4 documentary about the pressures and challenges in mental health services and those in crisis is on tonight (Tuesday 4 February) at 10pm.

To find out more about the series, and to watch past episodes, click here

Do you have Bipolar Disorder?

Making a significant difference to the lives of Bipolar Disorder sufferers, their friends and families in Nottingham.

This group provides assistance in areas such as financial, well-being and employer related issues. They can also help write letters for DVLA issues, and sometimes accompany you to your DWP/PIP assessments which can all be very difficult to deal with if you are already suffering from Bipolar Disorder.

For more information, contact Nahida on 07534138512

Come and join the next group session in Nottingham. There will be no discussion about medication or medically related issues, only practical help and support.

Web:  Email:

If you are feeling ill, then please contact your GP, your local Crisis Team or the Emergency Services.

February is LGBT+ History Month

This year’s Nottinghamshire’s Rainbow Heritage Celebration and Awards Evening is on Wednesday 26 February from 7pm-9pm at the Nottingham Council House, Old Market Square. The Trust, along with a number of our partner organisations, will be hosting a stall. The awards will be presented by Kate Cornhill. Kate has an amazing story to tell and is a true LGBT+ role model. Places are free.

To confirm your attendance, please email

Splat CIC Listening Day

Wednesday 26 February

What is dementia? Planning a dementia programme for people with learning disabilities and their carers.

Nottingham City Splat CIC

Community Interest Company

Nottingham Voluntary Action Centre,

7 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

Tel: 07814 712367

International Women’s Day 8 March

To mark international women’s day, the Trust will be hosting a seminar on Monday 9 March to explore issues of sexual harassment and misogyny.

Places are limited. For more information contact

Mental Health Sanctuaries

Nottingham City & County Councils, along with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and other third sector organisations are working together to develop a design for mental health sanctuaries*

We are keen to gather as many views as we can about what this type of service should be like, how it might run and who it could be for.  We welcome your views on this so that we can include the thoughts of the population and communities that this service will be for.

Please contact  for a questionnaire

*across the country mental health sanctuaries are often places people can go and are a calm non-clinical safe space for anyone experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis or are at risk of developing a crisis. Practical and emotional support is given in a warm and welcoming environment. Crisis café’s or sanctuaries provide an alternative to attending a hospital.

For further information on this project please contact

Jonathan Wright

0115 9691300 extension 10512


National Healthwatch are encouraging people to share their experience of local NHS and social care services.

To have your day in the 2020 campaign click here

Visit the Healthwatch website:

Phone: 0115 956 5313


Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System

The new website can be found at:

Carers Federation Counselling Service

Carers Federation offer a free counselling service to people who care for or support a family member, friend or neighbour. If you are not a carer, you can still access the service for a contribution of £5 -£10 per session.

Counselling can help you understand your feelings and help you make sense of what is going on in your life.

Carers Federation provides the confidential counselling service at their offices in Carrington, Nottingham.

To arrange an initial assessment, call 0115 962 9310

or email

Ask Lion

(Local Information Online Nottingham)

Lion is an online community directory to help you find activities and support.

Find everything you need at your fingertips.

Khushi Self Help Group

For Asian women in Nottingham city with experience of mental health problems.

Offering the chance to meet others in similar situations, share experience, coping strategies and information.

Tuesdays 1pm to 3pm

Contact Self Help UK Nottingham for more information on 0115 911 1661

Social Care and Support Guide

Click here to access the guide at the NHS website

New Carers Quick Guide

A quick guide for carers has been created by Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

It can be found on the Trust website.

Arnold Methodist Church Befriending Group

Providing help and support to people with mental health problems.

This group takes place every Friday from 11am to 2pm

Arnold Methodist Church, Front Street, Arnold NG5 7EL

Black Carers Group for Family, Friends and Supporters

Are you supporting someone with a mental illness?

Do you want someone to talk to who knows what you are going through?

This group meets on the last Thursday of every month 1 – 3pm

Maple Suite, Highbury Hospital, Nottingham NG6 9DR

Nottinghamshire Carers Hub

City and County Carers Support Groups

An opportunity to meet other carers and access information, support and training. Relax and make new friends.

For more information visit the Carers Trust website

Contact Nottinghamshire Carers Hub on 0115 824 8824 or email

Carers Time To Talk

Drop in sessions, every Wednesdays 4 – 6pm

Liaison service and opportunity to chat/network with other carers and staff/enquire about care given.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Learning and Support Sessions 5 – 6pm

Support dealing with difficult emotions/being understood and listened to/setting new goals/coping strategies/upskilling and learning

Contact Rowan 1, Highbury Hospital on 0115 876 0120

Institute of Mental Health

Click here for the latest news and updates from the Institute of Mental Health.

Public Face

Click here for the latest edition of ‘Public Face’, brought to you by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.

The Carers’ Council – Allies in Mental Health

The Carers’ Council is a charity and offers support across Nottinghamshire to families, friends and carers of those

experiencing mental distress by providing:

• Someone to talk to about experiences

• Quarterly Open Meetings with speakers and social activities

• Quarterly Newsletter of events and information

• Outings for members and family

• Promoting a partnership approach – working with NHS healthcare staff, Councils and other organisations

If you would like to find out more contact Geoff Curtis: Tel: 0115 963 1916 or email:

Positive Newsletter

Click here to read the latest newsletter from Nottinghamshire Healthcare

Involvement Blog

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Twitter: @InvolveNottsHC


Your Feedback Matters

Nottinghamshire Healthcare is committed to listening and responding to the views and experiences of service users, patients and carers.

We want to hear about your experiences of our services. We want to hear your stories about your care and treatment. We will listen to what you have to say and respond.

If you have used our services and would like to leave your feedback please go to:

Or you can leave us your story at Care Opinion. Care Opinion is an independent site where you can leave your experiences of health services in the UK, good or bad. Your stories are passed on to the appropriate people to make a difference.

Contact Us

You can contact the Membership Office in the following ways:

Phone: 0115 9691300 or 0800 012 1623




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