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Help Save the LMHC
As mentioned in the podcast, the LIverpool Mental Health Consortium needs your help. The consortium has been working for 21 years, during which it has supported groups offering support to service users across the board of diversity that makes up the population of Liverpool and makes it such a wonderful environment to live in. It has brought Liverpool amazing events such as the celebrations for World Mental Health Day, which evolved into the Liverpool Mental Health Festival, Mad Pride, and many more. It is a sad sign of the times that it now faces closure early next year due to lack of funding. Staff and supporters are working hard to save the consortium, and if you are a Liverpool resident, you can also help by writing to your MP. Below is a template letter which you can copy and paste and adapt to your specific area/MP.
I am writing to you because an organisation that I’m involved with is in danger of closing in January 2019. Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, set up in 1995, has done so much to challenge stigma & discrimination, improve mental health services, & support people experiencing mental health problems. The Consortium was set upto give a voice to people experiencing mental distress. Throughout the years,it has ensured that the voices of service users in Liverpool have had an impacton the services & strategy that affect them, by collecting their views, evaluating services & making recommendations that have shone a light on ourexperiences & made a difference to things like crisis care, the Independent Mental Health Advocacy service, talking therapies, day service provision etc.
It is one of the few service user-led organisations left in Liverpool & is valued because it is independent from mental health services. It is one-of-a-kind, includes both service users & professionals in its work & has always been an example of best practice in involvement & co-production that Liverpool has been proud of. At a time of austerity, when many support services are disappearing, it is even more crucial that the voice of service users is heard & that this organisation is not lost.
The Consortium also provides opportunities for peer support, volunteering & participation in creative activities that support service users to have a voice. It coordinates Liverpool Mental Health Festival, which is the only festival of its kind in the country & has been a credit to the city’s commitment to mental health. All of these things, once lost, would be very difficult to bring back to the city.
For me personally, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium has….
Since losing all of its funding from Liverpool City Council in 2012, & Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group in 2017, the Consortium has struggled to find funders who value preventative peer-led co-produced activities but is a vital part of the mental health landscape in the city region.
I would ask you to raise this issue with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, & Parliament as a matter of urgency.
Christmas can be a lonely time if you can’t be with your family and friends, but there are a few places around Liverpool where you can have a Christmas dinner in company on Christmas Day. Marc found several places on the website communitychristmas.org.uk – if you know of any others, please email us at email@example.com.
Well Pool isn’t responsible for any of these events, and some of them expect you to book in advance. We strongly advise you to get in touch with the organisers in good time to confirm the details and talk about any requirements you might have.
You may have heard about these events on our new podcast. We’ve also listed the details here and we’ll add any more that we find out about. Here are the 5 places we found:-
If you do go to on of these events, why not post a comment here to let us know how you get on? Or record a few words on your phone and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can include them in our next podcast?
Redemptorist Youth Ministry is hosting a free Christmas dinner in Woolton, but according to the Echo it’s now full. The Echo story is here: www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/liverpool-women-giving-free-christmas-15540493
Links mentioned in the episode
Here are the links again for The Liverpool Light/Creative Support:
And for Mind – where you can find information as well as who to contact for urgent help: