The charity was formed in 1994 as North Staffs Users Group. Its origins began in a meeting in 1992 between a service user and an interested worker who at the time worked for the National Schizophrenia Federation (NSF). The idea evolved of establishing a group that could exert some influence over service provision in the statutory sector. The main impetus for this came from the dissatisfaction that service users felt about the way that they were treated by the statutory providers of mental health services.
The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline is open evening and weekends 365 days a year, including the Christmas and New Year period, to provide support during what can be a difficult time for many.
The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline offers support to people who have concerns about their mental health or that of someone they know. It is free to contact the Helpline from landlines, call boxes and mobile networks, and there is no set limit to the call duration.
Staffordshire County Council is legally responsible for making sure social care services for adults with mental health conditions are available to people across Staffordshire.
Adults in Staffordshire with mental health conditions needing mental health social care support and assessments are currently supported by two organisations: South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust (NSCHT).
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE NHS THIS WINTER
Wed 29 Nov 2017
It could be the toughest winter yet, so the people of Staffordshire are urged to get the best out of their local NHS services, to Stay Well This Winter
Here’s what you can do:
Comedian and Hollywood star Russell Brand has dubbed the work of Burton Addiction Centre "wonderful" during his visit to the town.
The actor, radio presenter and author paid a visit to Langan's Tea Rooms, in George Street, this afternoon, Tuesday, November 21, before signing copies of his new book for fans.
Fans were queuing round the block to buy copies of his new book, have it signed by the star and have the obligatory selfie taken with him.
Support Staffordshire work:
In early 2017, Support Staffordshire were asked by Staffordshire County Council (SCC the lead commissioner) and the Carers Partnership Board to engage with local VCSE organisations who supported Carers. In particular they asked us to gain some feedback upon how the relationship with the Carers Hub could be improved.
In March 2017, we undertook discussion workshops at 7 locality forums. Across Staffordshire 75 people attended the workshops from 62 VCSE organisations.
We prompted the following questions as part of small group discussions:
This half day course is designed for anyone who comes into contact with adults who are potentially at risk. It will enable learners to understand what to look for and how to safeguard adults from harm. By the end of the training you should be able to recognise abuse, respond effectively and refer appropriately. The session will cover:-
S.U.R.F. stands for Service User and Carer Reference Forum not a type of washing powder! It is a forum for people who use the mental health services of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The purpose of the Health & Care Forum is to provide a forum for VCSE organisations delivering services or activities in the health and care arena, so that they can:
- Network with each other, developing contacts and sharing information
- Connect with other sectors, particularly the public sector, to find out about, and influence, relevant developments and initiatives, including
- Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)
- Multi-speciality Care Providers (MCPs)
The Toolbox project is a new service delivered by South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health (SSNMH), funded through the Big Lottery, looking at Emotional Wellbeing within the South Staffordshire area including East Staffordshire, Tamworth Borough, Cannock Chase District, Lichfield District, Stafford Borough & South Staffordshire
So what is Toolbox?