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Newsletter December 2009 2

Newsletter December 2009 2

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Recovery In-Sight Centre, Mental Health Newsletter
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Any views or opinions in this newsletterare solely those of the authors and do notnecessarily represent those of theRecovery In-Sight Group unlessspecifically stated. While all informationis given in good faith, the authors cannotaccept responsibility for the accuracy of the information given. No responsibilitywill be accepted to the contents andaccuracy of suggested third part websitelinks or other publications. Additionally,readers are advised to discuss with theirdoctor any change to the nature oramount of their treatment before actingupon any information herein. All articlesare the copyright of Recovery In-SightNewsletter and may only be reproducedwith an acknowledgement.
Central Herts Bipolar Group(Stevenage)
Wed 27 January 2010 - self-help group.Wed 24 February 2010 - self-help group.Wed. 24 March 2010 - Visit fromTracy Webber, Herts County CouncilJoint Commissioning Team. Traceyhas taken over from Catherine Swaile,and will be giving an update on thevarious mental health services fundedby HCC, including our Group. Thiswill be an opportunity for Groupmembers to state their needs for mentalhealth services including Recovery In-Sight and to justify it’s continuedfunding support.Meetings held every 4
Wednesday of the month in Stevenage 1.30pm-3.30pm
West Herts Bipolar Group (Watford)
Sat. 9 January 2010 - Facilitateddiscussion 10.30am-12.30pm - JasmineHeaps (trained counsellor in relation-ships and experience of bipolar in thefamily). will facilitate a discussion onrelationships and bipolar disorder,based on topics suggested on the day.Sat. 13 Feb 2010 - Self-help group.Sat. 13 March 2010 - Self-help group.Meetings held every second Saturday of the month in Watford 10.30am-12.30pm
Future support groupdates and eventNews UpdateCorrrection1ICAS - IndependentComplaints AdvocacyServiceCalm and CEA(B Houlston)23Exercise ReferralScheme(L Stoneman)4Recovery In-SightTraining5Poetry Page -“Noise”6Generalized AnxietyDisorder(B Maru)7-8Useful phonenumbers, websitesand group contactdetails9
Inside this issue: 
December 2009Issue No. 3
It’s been a busy year for allconcerned with the RecoveryIn-Sight Centre and the self-helpgroups. The Watford and Stevenageself-help groups continue to offermonthly meetings, and this yearthere have been visits to the groupsfrom Herts County Council (funders)Catherine Swaile; Stephanie Sadler,psychiatrist from Hemel Hemp-stead; Jane Hale, a person centredcounsellor and a food and moodworkshop. Both groups also enjoyeda summer walk, talk and picnic.There are now over 150 membersbetween the two groups and thisnumber is increasing. The 5th In-Sight training course starts inJanuary 2010 (see page 5),completing its 4th course in Octoberlast.The Recovery In-Sight Centre, staf and volunteers are now settling intothe new offices in Hatfield, where avariety of good work is going on,including opportunities to getinvolved in voluntary work in areassuch as administration andmarketing.
Seasons greetings to all -
We hope that the Centrecontinues to enable people intheir mental health recovery in2010
Editor’s Correction from last issue
It should be noted that at the end of Alastair Campbell’scelebrity profile published in Issue No. 2, Augustnewsletter, reference was made to Time to Change as aGovernment backed campaign. Time to Change is infact run by the charities, Mind and Rethink, andfunded by the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief.Apologies for this inaccuracy.
Dates for future self-help groupmeetings and other events
What is the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS)?
 ICAS provides advocacy support to people who wish to make a complaint about the service -or lack of it - that they have received from the NHS.Most people are happy with the care they receive from the NHS, but sometimes things don’tgo quite as expected.Everyone has a right to complain if they feel something has gone wrong, and for this reasonthe NHS has a Complaints Procedure which can help you to get the answers and explanationsyou may have been seeking. All services provided by the NHS are covered including GPs,hospitals, pharmacies, opticians and dentists. ICAS advocates will support you through theNHS complaints process. They will explain the options available and support you to pursue
chosen course of action. We will only do what you ask us to and will not try to tell youwhat to do. We do not investigate or encourage complaints, nor do we offer legal or medicaladvice.The ICAS service is free, independent and confidential.The formal NHS complaints process has changed since 1
April with the HealthcareCommission ceasing to exist and to be part of the process. Instead greater emphasis is placedon resolving issues at a local level called Local Resolution and it is where the majority of complaints are satisfactorily concluded.If you remain unhappy once Local Resolution has concluded you may ask the Parliamentaryand Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) to review your complaint. The PHSO is completelyindependent and will check that everything possible has been done to resolve your complaint.If you live in Herts or Beds and require more information about the service including a freeSelf Help Information pack you can contact ICAS on 0845 456 1082 or via our websitewww.pohwer.net. If you live outside this area, we can provide details of which ICAS office tocall or details are on our website.
Introduction to Independent Complaints Advocacy Service – ICASby Gill Wingfield, Herts & Beds Team Manager, POhWER ICAS
Recovery In-Sight
Calm is an initiative by the Department of Health to help alleviate sufferingcaused by suicidal thoughts, mental illness, and drug dependency. The CALMcampaign is targeted at men in the age range 15 to 35 years, but the helpline is open toanyone. Everyone who calls will receive an equal service regardless of age, gender,cultural background or sexuality. Originally based in Manchester it is now availablenationwide 5:00pm to 12:00am Saturday to Tuesday.If you need to speak to a counsellor Freephone: 0800 585858. I have found this tele-phone number most useful to me so I thought I would pass it on. Remember, calls toCALM on a landline are free, confidential and anonymous and they don't show up onlandline telephone bills.
www.thecalmzone.net 0800 585858
Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card (CEA)
Cutting cinema costs via the Cinema Exhibitors' Association national card scheme canreduce the expense of a visit to see the latest films. Card holders will be able to get afree ticket for the person who accompanies them, every time they go to the cinema. Toqualify for a card someone will need to meet one or more of the followingcriteria:-• Be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance• Be in receipt of Attendance Allowance• Be a registered blind personThe CEA card is valid for one year from the date of issue and costs £5·50 to process. Itcan be used in the cinema of Odeon and other major chains as well as in some localindependent cinemas. For further information ask at your local cinema. If you have anydifficulty, please contact at this address:CEACARD, Po Box 199, Deeside, CH5 9BW. Tel: 0845 123 1292or visitwww.ceacard.co.uk - where participating cinemas are listed and you may printan application form.Written by Bob Houlston
CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably

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