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- Blurring boundaries between 'health' and 'housing' by Jon Pritchard
- Proud to be an Ally by Paul Draycott
- The Magic of Eid ul Fitr by Dr Kharrum Sadiq
- COVID-19 – a year in the role of IPC by Jacky Hunt IPC lead nurse
- The spirit of Ramadan by Dr Kharrum Sadiq
- Our response to the Government report on race and ethnic disparity by Paul Draycott
- International Women’s Day - leading by example
- COVID-19 vaccine – our responsibility as NHS workers by Dr Karl Marlowe
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Mental health reporting
Journalists looking for information on the most appropriate ways of reporting emotional crises or mental health issues - including suicide - may like to refer to the guidelines by the Samaritans which are supported by most media organisations and professional bodies.
Annual patient survey highlights improvements
We have received the results of a national survey which annually benchmarks the experiences of people using our community mental health services – and the feedback is very encouraging.
Charlie Dimmock and patients plant three trees to celebrate the upgrade of inpatient acute mental health wards at Parklands Hospital
On Tuesday 23 November 2021 Charlie Dimmock, Gardening Expert and Television Presenter, along with patients and staff members, planted three trees to celebrate the completion of a number of works to upgrade the inpatient acute mental health wards, at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s, Parklands Hospital in Basingstoke.
Trust offers vital support for people caring for loved ones with mental health illness
We recognise the vital role that carers play in the recovery journey of people experiencing mental health illness and have developed a carer peer support programme across Hampshire’s mental health services, specifically designed with carers to offer them the support they need.
Self care week 2021
Self care is about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help, and when to get advice from your GP practice or another healthcare professional. If you have a long-term condition, self care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.
‘The Lookout’ opens in Winchester
A new mental health service called ‘The Lookout’ has opened in Winchester, offering short-term supported housing to people in the early stages of a mental health crisis.
North & Mid Hampshire ‘Safe Haven’ opens
Southern Health has partnered with Andover Mind to support the launch of a new ‘Safe Haven’ drop-in service in Basingstoke, to offer help to those in self-defined crisis.
‘Step out’ and combat the social divide. Local NHS Trust champions housing project and employment service
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to recovery for people with mental health issues is secure housing and employment. Successfully navigating these is a key step towards becoming independent. As an NHS Trust, Southern Health's core role is providing mental health care, but it's recently gone further - introducing housing and employment programmes for patients receiving treatment.