News and events

Marc Discusses Loneliness On Tony Snell Radio Programme

As part of Radio Merseyside’s recent coverage of mental health issues, Marc, a member of our service user group, appeared on Tony Snell’s morning programme to discuss the subject of loneliness. The late Jo Cox MP along with fellow MP, Seema Kennedy, campaigned to get the issue of loneliness on the government and public agenda.

“Together, the new MPs devised a plan to launch a commission into loneliness – due to begin in late 2016 – that would not simply involve politicians sitting around and talking about the issue but instead represent a call to action.”

Finding Some Way Through: A City Of The Mind

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Monday 16th January 6pm, The Rotunda (Café), 109 Great Mersey St, Liverpool L5 2PL.

A Listening Party on Blue Monday, 16th January, to celebrate the launch of the soundscape: Finding Some Way Through (A City of the Mind), created by participants during a project with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium & Writing on the Wall led by composer and musical director Patrick Dineen

The group met for twelve weeks, and recorded in locations across the city to create a unified piece of work to mark Blue Monday, regarded traditionally as the most depressing day of the year. The project aims to highlight issues of mental health, work to remove the stigma attached to it, and offer support and a signpost to people suffering mental health issues through the Liverpool mental Health Consortium.

Participants worked with Patrick to create an imaginary world with sound, using modern digital technology techniques. The project explored sampling, field recording and studio production. All participants created a ‘district’ of their own in a imaginary city of sound. The project also considered the definition of self and psychological wellbeing in relation to the psychologically repressive and ‘unhealthy’ world in which we live. ‘Being heard’ is a key theme.

MAD PRIDE 2016

Liverpool Mental Health Consortium teamed up with Threshold Festival Six to bring Mad Pride celebrations to Liverpool for the first time. Instrumental to the success of previous World Mental Health Day celebrations, Threshold fully embraced the creative bonkersness that is Mad Pride. Here’s a video from Liverpool Live TV. We’ll be programming Mad Pride again at the next Threshold Festival Sunday 2nd April 2017

Claire Stevens on Upfront

Development Manager, Claire Stevens appeared on the popular Sunday night Radio Merseyside programme, Upfront. Claire was interviewed by Ngunan Adamu and they chatted about the Mental Health & Me writing competition and also the forthcoming Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016, which runs from 1st October through to 16 October. The interview lasts about 8.30 minutes and covers everything that’s happening in this year’s festival and also discusses several mental health issues affecting communities in the city.

NCS Young People Raise Money For LMHC

We are honoured that a group of 16 young people participating in National Citizenship Service (NCS) chose to raise money for Liverpool Mental Health Consortium. They took part in a number of different activities across Liverpool, including a sponsored walk, piano playing, & bucket collecting. They all put in a lot of hard work, & we think it’s amazing that they managed to raise £1, 020 for us!

Our sincere thanks go to: Jack, Hannah, Adam, Natasha, Danny, Ellen, Ahmed, Eleanor, Ian, Erin, Sam, Saskia, Haseeb, Emma, Jorge & Nathan

 

Liverpool IDAHOT Event – 15th May 2016

 

The Consortium’s LGBT Mental Health Strategy Group has been hard at work planning for this year’s Liverpool IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia) event. So if  you’re free on Sunday 15th May, why not come along?

There will be music, comedy, fabulous food, discussions, workshops & lots of fun! (See details below)

If you’d like to book a stall at the event please let us know by emailing hello@liverpoolmentalhealth.org – it’s free but space is limited!


Mad Pride at Threshold Six: Celebrating Liverpool’s Creative Bonkersness!


 

 

Liverpool Mental Health Consortium has teamed up with Threshold Festival Six to bring Mad Pride celebrations to Liverpool for the first time. Instrumental to the success of previous World Mental Health Day celebrations, Threshold fully embraces the creative bonkersness that is Mad Pride.

Taking place at 24 Kitchen Street on Sunday 3rd April, Mad Pride  promises a line-up of music, spoken word & performances alongside  a range of creative activities for party-goers to get stuck into. Expect an Andy Warhol’s Factory-style vibe as local artists offer screen-printing, wall-papering & lantern-making workshops, with a pop-up exhibition of finished artwork decorating the walls of the venue.

Mad Pride kicks off at 3 pm with Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5, who will get the party started in the style of the “The Yellow Movement”, as the band likes to be known.  From 4-5 pm, local motivator & all-round talent Faris Khalifa will lead the “confidential rants”: a soap-box for people to go on stage & “rant” for up to 5 minutes about something that matters to them. Alternating slots of professional poets & audience members promises an exciting opportunity to take part & rant to fellow Mad Pride goers!

DJs Rebel Soul & The Walrus Said, will be spinning an eclectic mix of tunes from all over the world & their early evening set will be dotted with  weird & wonderful pop-up performances by the Cabaret from the Shadows & the Suitcase Ensemble, to name a just a few.

There will also be face-painting on offer, as well as a dressing-up box, inviting Mad Pride revellers to get into character in time for the Mad Pride Parade!

At 7.20 pm, local performance collective Bring the Fire Project will draw party-goers outside with a fire performance, making way for the Mad Pride parade. While 24 Kitchen Street closes for the duration, the parade starts at 7.40 pm & will take in the footprint of Threshold Six, led by torches & with pop-up surprises along the way!

Returning to the venue at 8.30 pm, DJ Kid Blast will welcome parade goers back with his scratch-masterly skills. 7-piece band The Lotharios will be on stage from 9.30-10.30 pm, whipping up the party one last time & closing the event with a bang!

Claire Stevens from Liverpool Mental Health Consortium said: “We are excited to be part of Threshold & to be able to promote good mental health in the context of art & creativity. It’s all about bringing people together, having fun & using the arts platform to help break down stigma towards mental distress in a playful & creative way. ”

LGB&T refugees and people seeking asylum – mental health survey

Liverpool Mental Health Consortium’s ‘LGB&T Mental Health Strategy’ sub-group is currently conducting a survey of the mental health and related support needs of LGB&T refugees and people seeking asylum who are currently resident in Liverpool and Greater Merseyside.

This work has been prompted by anecdotal reports from a number of agencies that they have seen a rise in the number of enquiries from LGB&T individuals within these categories and a realisation that we have very little local baseline information about the numbers of people involved or the specific issues they are bringing to a range of support agencies. Without such information it can be difficult to make the case for additional resources or specific tailoring of services to meet an apparently growing need.

The survey can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QK7HRfnq25fgFroMzbdXQ5eNxL9q5FB2MjRFOPmjRlo/viewform?ts=568da4c1&edit_requested=true

We’d very much appreciate it if you could complete and submit the survey online by FRIDAY 19th FEBRUARY but if you would prefer to print copies out they can be returned to Claire Stevens, LMHC, 151 Dale Street, Liverpool L2 2AH by the same date. Please also circulate the link to your networks and anyone else who you think might have useful information to share with us.

Your help is greatly appreciated and the information you provide will help us to keep local health and social care commissioners, and service providers, informed.

Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016

Liverpool Mental Health Festival, incorporating World Mental Health Day 2016, will take place from 1st – 14th October 2016!

Get Involved!

If you would like to host an event or activity as part of the Festival, please fill in the form here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bFA7mdTzZOgPDs2b9UFRHWHFLYRIAjUe5ep2sJr93PE/viewform

 

Saturday 8th October:  Williamson Square Festival – Make sure your organisation books a stall for this day of performance, creativity, wellbeing & advice. Submission form here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WVFonSU04YEngJeoOJvxAlm2yBIoheAgFk9_Z-R-bmM/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

Art Exhibition –  ’Respect’

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016 Art Exhibition with the theme “Respect”. The exhibition will take place in Unit 51, Baltic Creative Campus, Jamaica Street, L1 0AH from 7th – 14th October, focusing on works from Liverpool/Merseyside. Artwork doesn’t need to be created specifically for the exhibition. Artists will need to be able to drop off their work on 6th October at a given time & pick it up on 14th October.Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016 volunteers will staff the exhibition during the opening hours of the venue. However, the organisers will not be able to take on liability for the artwork on display. Exhibition space is limited, therefore the artwork to be shown will be selected by a panel. Please send a photo of your artwork, along with the application form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yflFcxIK7J7kqG0-Ma6v_1FDlgWEfSG8Wld4gMu_Mp4/viewform?platform=hootsuite tohello@liverpoolmentalhealth.org.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 2nd September 2016. Everyone who submits artwork will be contacted by mid-September. Many thanks!

 

The Mental Health & Me writing competition event returns for the third year, in collaboration with Writing on the Wall (WoW). Submission information for those who want to enter the competition will be available soon!

 

More Festival events & information will be announced shortly. In the meantime, connect with us on Facebook & Twitter

New P/T Admin Assistant Post

£9,541 per annum                                                                      

(£19,082 pro-rata for 17.5 hours (2.5 days) per week, fixed-term April 2016 – March 2017)

 

The post of Administrative Assistant is integral to the day-to-day operation & future development of the Consortium. The post-holder will help us to communicate with our varied stakeholder groups, committees, sub-groups, research groups & the wider community. They will also help us to hold events, & produce reports, documents & evidence which will influence future mental health service commissioning & delivery.

 

This post will suit a candidate with knowledge of office & events administration; excellent organisational & interpersonal skills; ability to produce promotional materials, conference packs & evaluation reports; knowledge of the Liverpool area & local mental health, voluntary & community services; & an understanding of, & commitment to, Equal Opportunities policy & practice.

 

LMHC is an Equal Opportunities employer & we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We also welcome applications from candidates with lived experience of mental distress.

 

Please request an application pack:

  • by telephone on 0151 237 2688
  • by post to Claire Stevens, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, 151 Dale Street, Liverpool L2 2AH

 

Please do not send CVs

Closing date for applications  is Friday 5th February 2016

Shortlisting will take place on Thursday 11th February, & interviews will take place on Wednesday 24th February. The interview will involve a brief practical test.

If you haven’t heard from us by Monday 15th February, you should assume that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion.