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Sean Russell Director of West Midlands Mental Health Commission

Sean Russell Director of West Midlands Mental Health Commission. #MyRecovery

What does recovery mean to you?

Many people will experience poor mental health at some point in their life.

For some people this will last only a short time, others may live with poor mental health their whole life.

Regardless of its length or severity gaining ‘recovery’ from poor mental health is important to the person themselves and their family and friends.

Recovery will mean different things to different people.

Some people might experience recovery as a sense of feeling more positive and enjoying things that they had stopped getting pleasure from. For another person recovery might mean getting back to work while for someone else it might be about becoming more independent, getting out of the house more or giving something back to their local community.

Seeking support

The NHS, Birmingham City Council and many community and charitable organisations in Birmingham offer help and support to people who experience poor mental health.

Working together we want to make sure that people don’t just ‘survive’ mental illness but thrive, getting the most out of life. We want to make sure that all services put helping people recover at the heart of what they do.

Understanding what recovery means to people will help us change the way that we support people and families to do this.

More information

You can find out more about recovery and support services by visiting The Waiting Room

Emma Heys from Better Pathways How I deal with stress #MyRecovery

Emma Heys Better Pathways How I deal with stress #MyRecovery

@PrincesTrust Who would you go to for health and wellbeing advice

We have a collection of answers on: How do you find the right health support for you?

How do you deal with stress? #VOXPOPS #BCU #CCN

Vox Pops from Connecting Community Networks (CCN) we asked a few students questions regarding there mental health and wellbeing. This is what they told us. How do you deal with stress? For more information Common Unity www.common-unity.org #Birmingham #BCU #CCN

How do I deal with stress? #VOXPOPS #BCU #CCN

Vox Pops from Connecting Community Networks (CCN) we asked a few students questions regarding there mental health and wellbeing. This is what they told us. How do you deal with stress? For more information Common Unity www.common-unity.org #Birmingham #BCU #CCN

How do you deal with stress? #VOXPOPS #BCU #CCN

Vox Pops from Connecting Community Networks (CCN) we asked a few students questions regarding there mental health and wellbeing. This is what they told us. How do you deal with stress? For more information Common Unity www.common-unity.org #Birmingham #BCU #CCN

How do you deal with stress? #VOXPOPS #BCU #CCN

Vox Pops from Connecting Community Networks (CCN) we asked a few students questions regarding there mental health and wellbeing. This is what they told us. How do you deal with stress? For more information Common Unity www.common-unity.org #Birmingham #BCU #CCN

What coping mechanisms do you have in place to look after your self? #VOXPOPS #BCU #CCN

Vox Pops from Connecting Community Networks (CCN) we asked a few students questions regarding there mental health and wellbeing. This is what they told us. What coping mechanisms do you have in place to look after your self? For more information Common Unity www.common-unity.org #Birmingham #BCU #CCN

What coping mechanisms do you have in place to look after your self? #VOXPOPS #BCU #CCN

Vox Pops from Connecting Community Networks (CCN) we asked a few students questions regarding there mental health and wellbeing. This is what they told us. What coping mechanisms do you have in place to look after your self? For more information Common Unity www.common-unity.org #Birmingham #BCU #CCN

Bethel Health & Healing Network

Bethel service showcased

Common Unity as part of the Connecting Community Networks interviewed Bethel Healing & Health Network. This video was showcased at the Being Well Works Well Conference 2018 in Birmingham. #BWWW18

Bethel Health and Healing Network provides health and well-being services to some of Birmingham’s most vulnerable people in supporting them to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual health.

“The service makes a real difference to families by affording them time and kindness when they most need it, ensuring that they are empowered to make choices that are right for them about their care. Many families leave the service having had a positive experience and with a network of peer support benefiting them for years to come.”

Contact details

https://www.bethelnetwork.org.uk/

Tel: 0121 661 4276

E: enquiries@bethelnetwork.org.uk

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Common Unity VOX Pops Citizens Voice what does safeguarding mean to you?

These are the question we asked Birmingham citizens. What does safeguarding mean to you? How would you help someone at risk? What could communities do?SHOW LESS

Being Well Works Wells Vox Pops (interview 4)

During The Being Well Works Well conference we managed to capture some Vox Pops from attendees and this is what they said. www.common-unity.org urbrum.org #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellness #Birmingham #TWR

Being Well Works Wells Vox Pops (interview 1)

During The Being Well Works Well conference we managed to capture some Vox Pops from attendees and this is what they said. www.common-unity.org urbrum.org #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellness #Birmingham #TWR

Being Well Works Wells Vox Pops (interview 7)

During The Being Well Works Well conference we managed to capture some Vox Pops from attendees and this is what they said. www.common-unity.org urbrum.org #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellness #Birmingham #TWR

Being Well Works Wells Vox Pops (interview 3)

During The Being Well Works Well conference we managed to capture some Vox Pops from attendees and this is what they said. www.common-unity.org urbrum.org #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellness #Birmingham #TWR

Being Well Works Wells Vox Pops (interview 2)

During The Being Well Works Well conference we managed to capture some Vox Pops from attendees and this is what they said. www.common-unity.org urbrum.org #mentalhealth#wellbeing#wellness#Birmingham#TWRSHOW LESS

Being Well Works Wells Vox Pops (interview 5)

During The Being Well Works Well conference we managed to capture some Vox Pops from attendees and this is what they said. www.common-unity.org urbrum.org #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellness #Birmingham #TWR

Being Well Works Wells Vox Pops (interview 8)

During The Being Well Works Well conference we managed to capture some Vox Pops from attendees and this is what they said. www.common-unity.org urbrum.org #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellness #Birmingham #TWR

Being Well Works Wells Vox Pops (interview 6)

During The Being Well Works Well conference we managed to capture some Vox Pops from attendees and this is what they said. www.common-unity.org urbrum.org #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellness #Birmingham #TWR

Being Well Works Wells Vox Pops

During The Being Well Works Well conference we managed to capture some Vox Pops from attendees and this is what they said. www.common-unity.org urbrum.org #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellness #Birmingham #TWR

CCN presents Cruse Bereavement Care – Birmingham

Service Coordinator Lesley Hales

Lesley Hales presents Cruse Bereavement Care Birmingham that supports over 1,000 Birmingham residents.

Vox populi by Common Unity www.common-unity.org

#SuicidePrevention #CommonUnity #ForwardForLife #ManMade #CCN

PamperZone

 Common Unity joined forces with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust over the summer to support their community engagement events. The Pamper Zone was out and about in various locations offering a range of therapy treatments and haircuts to the local people of Birmingham.

These events were successful in highlighting the continuous work of the Trust and also raised awareness of the Time to Change de-stigmatising mental health campaigns. Beresford Dawkins, the Community Engagement Manager from the Trust did a brilliant job of bringing communities and partners together to promote and celebrate the mental health outreach work.

The Citizen’s Voice

Birmingham is the most diverse city in the UK – a great cause for celebration, but with this diversity comes the challenge of ensuring all sectors of Birmingham have an equal level of valued input into the City’s future.


Common Unity is recognised as a local leader when it comes down to engaging diverse communities on often difficult subjects through utilising social media platforms. Subject areas covered through URBRUM have included gender, race, age, stereotypes, prejudice, mental health, well-being, recovery and suicide, as well as wider general health topics.
Birmingham City Council’s Safeguarding Board (BSAB) has high priorities in respect of its responsibilities regarding community engagement on the matter of safeguarding. With the recognition that safeguarding is everybody’s business, yet not all communities understand their responsibilities, there is a clear need to realise an effective, community focussed approach in ensuring the issues of safeguarding are addressed effectively alongside communities as partners in this process.


The Safeguarding Team partnered up with Common Unity to develop a range of Vox Pop videos. The Vox Pop approach provided a platform by which the subject matter of safeguarding could be entered into in a way that enabled the voice of the people to become a key aspect of the decision-making process as well as an opportunity for community empowerment. Through careful and sensitive design, the development of ‘The Citizen’s Voice’ clearly went a long way in starting to meet the BSAB priorities in respect of hearing the voice of communities, promoting safer communities through debate and learning, empowering communities to contribute to safeguarding as everybody’s business and providing service provider agencies with assurances regarding services provided.

HUMANS OF THE WEST MIDLANDS – The Human Library

#MyRecovery Campaign launched

The Mental Health Stakeholder Group in Birmingham asked Common Unity through URBRUM to support them in developing a social media campaign based on the concept of ‘recovery’ with the hashtag #MyRecovery. We jumped at the chance as Recovery means different things to different people. Check out our dedicated Youtube page to hear what people think recovery means to them.

representing worldwide cultures, click here to see the latest additions to HUMANS OF THE WEST MIDLANDS

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