NHS leaders on the Isle of Wight are working together to improve mental health services and would like to hear the views of Islanders.

The NHS aims to promote self-care and prevention through the delivery of high quality mental health services, at all times focusing on the person themselves being in control and developing personal, family and community resilience.

An informal event has been organised by NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Isle of Wight Council to allow anyone who is interested in mental health care to come along, find out more about how support services work and to discuss with NHS staff how these services can be improved.

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The event, taking place on Monday 11th December at Riverside, Newport from 13:00 to 18:00, will host a variety of organisations, services, groups and clubs that can offer help and advice to patients and carers with mental health support needs.

Sue Lightfoot, Deputy Head of Commissioning for Children and Young People, MH, LD & Dementia said:

“We don’t want anyone to feel they have limited access to universal services due to a mental health problem. Our aspiration is that people of all ages have a good life and stay part of their community. Whilst we know that there are lots of services, clubs and community events going on, we also know that many people may not be aware of what is out there or have become dependent on receiving support which limits their opportunities.

“There will be something for everyone, whether you have a lived experience, or you are a carer or close friend or family – but more importantly, we want to listen to what you think and use your feedback to plan and design the future of mental health services for the Island.”

The invitation is open to friends, families, carers, supporters, those who have lived experience and those with a mental health support need, to share knowledge, information and experiences.

Some of the overall ambitions the CCG and Council have for transforming mental health services on the island based upon what we have heard include:

• Support people to recover from mental health problems
• Reduce dependency on services
• Instil hope, belief and ambition
• Support and implement choice
• Support people in their individual recovery goals
• Put the person at the centre of their own plan
• Offer a range of social inclusion programmes that are structured and flexible
• Deliver comprehensive user-led education and training programmes.

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