The Westminster Forum for Mental Health is a service user led group for people who access mental health services in the borough of Westminster. It aims to provide a voice for mental health service users in Westminster.
The group meets monthly, the Forum is hosted by Westminster Mind, supported by Fateha McDaniel, Service User Group Co-ordinator, and based at Westminster Mind in Pimlico. Here are some examples of their work:
Crisis Card The Card was designed by service users. It can be carried in a handbag or wallet. In the event of a crisis it gives details of who to contact and any particular needs or wishes you have.
A code of professional conduct in ward rounds and other meetings.
The code’s aim is to make the meetings less intimidating for the service user. It was initiated by the Westminster Forum and has been accepted by the Dept of Health as a standard of good practice applicable across the UK.
Staff Recruitment. Members of the group act as a user recruitment panel, interviewing NHS staff.
Staff Training. The group has contributed to the mental health training of various groups including the police, ensuring all police coming to work in Westminster have the chance to learn some basic facts about mental ill-health and to hear what helps and what harms, from people who’ve been of the receiving end of police intervention.
Videos. The group has contributed to two mental health training videos, one shown at local Trust Induction courses. The other video was made by the Metropolitan police and has been shown to 40,000 police staff. In 2007 it won a national prize for commercial film-making.
In-patient support. Every three months, the group organises live music evenings at the Gordon Hospital in Westminster.
Directory of Services. In 2007 the group completed the construction of an online Directory of activities and mental health services in Westminster – www.go4mentalhealth.com This is extensively used by service users and workers alike and has been widely commended. Training is presently being offered to service users in Westminster to increase the number of people who can access the Internet.
If you live in Westminster and are interested in the Westminster Forum for Mental Health, please phone Fateha McDaniel on 0207 259 8100 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopkinson House, 6 Osbert Street, London, SW1P 2QU