Mental health event in Hatfield to focus on empowering recovery

PUBLISHED: 10:53 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:53 09 October 2017

The annual Recovery Conference this year focuses on helping people with mental health issues take charge of their recovery.

The annual Recovery Conference this year focuses on helping people with mental health issues take charge of their recovery.

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A Hatfield trust aims to get people on the road to recovery from mental health issues in an event as part of a week-long effort across Hertfordshire coinciding with World Mental Health Day.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is bringing Recovery Week to several venues from 9-12 October, including HPFT Development Centre in Hatfield, Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre and the Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishops Stortford.

The Hatfield event, “Personal Development for All and Making Decisions Together” will take place on the evening of October 12.

The annual event has always brought together mental health professionals, carers and those experiencing mental health issues, but this year there is an extra emphasis on encouraging more participation from those living with mental health issues themselves.

A Recovery Week attendant from last year told HPFT: “Involving the service user and the family in decisions is crucial as it is they who know how they want to live their lives.”

Andrew Nicholls, Interim HPFT Head of Recovery and Psychological Services, said: “Serious mental health problems are not a permanent restriction, particularly when service users can play an active role in their own recovery and contribute to the way services are run.”

In Hertfordshire in 2014-5, it was estimated by Public Health England that 17% of people aged 16-74 were experiencing a form of mental health disorder.

HPFT communications manager Helen Bond told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Our aim is to get as many people who experience mental health issues as we can to attend. That’s why this year we’re making the events much more local and easy to attend.”

The event is free, and people interested in attending can request transport assistance via the event page.

Workshops at the evening event focus on taking control over one’s own wellbeing, and about supporting people into work and education during mental health recovery.

It is organised in collaboration with the Guideposts Trust, Mind Hertfordshire Network, the University of Hertfordshire, New Leaf College, Carers in Hertforshire, Mind in Mid Herts, and Viewpoint.

Helen added: “As an organisation we believe that when we run events like this we learn from people living with mental health issues and learning disabilities. People with a lived experience of mental issues are the experts - we learn from them.”

To find out more and book a place, see here or call 01727 804016.

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