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Mental Health Support During COVID-19 and Beyond: Watch the Hampshire & IoW Social Prescribing Network’s December Webinar


On Tuesday 1 December 2020 c70 people (the highest yet!) attended the latest Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network’s Webinar entitled ‘Mental Health Support During COVID-19 and Beyond…’

The Webinar presenters came from a wide cross-section of Hampshire’s Community & Voluntary and Mental Health sectors – to share their experiences and expertise during COVID-19, to update attendees about their current services/challenges and to answer a range of engaging questions.

After new and existing members & guests were welcomed:

Tim Houghton, Community First’s Chief Executive introduced the Webinar by putting into context the community & voluntary sector support, new initiatives such as the High Intensity Users out of hours support and the challenges that the sector is currently facing. Tim then handed over to Helen Fisher, Strategic Lead for Physical Activity and Health, Energise Me – who highlighted the importance of keeping active for people’s physical and mental health & wellbeing. Helen went on to briefly described three existing and new Energise Me projects.

Elizabeth White Ripley, Head of Wellbeing, Solent Mind described the geographical structure of Solent Mind, going on to explain the 5 Steps to Wellbeing and how Solent Mind’s flexible recovery programme is helping people during the COVID-19 period.

Next Jonathan Foley and Amy Francis – Clinical Lead Service Managers for italk explained what italk does, going on to describe their core and longer term services, common mental health problems, the Stepped Care Model, what treatments are on offer and how they can be accessed, the relationship between physical and mental health, the type of interventions available and the impact on people in need where they are unable to access the therapy they need, italk’s employment advisors and the range of partnerships italk are engaged with.

Jason Hope, Programme Management Lead – Hants & IoW Sustainable Transformation Partnership’s No Wrong Door – Community Mental Health Transformation, summarised what the transformation programme aims to achieve, the national model, how the programme will transform people’s experience in three ways, the programme phases and the structure of the mental health programme board.

Last but definitely not least was a short, informative presentation by Mike Newman, Senior Public Health Practitioner, HCC Adults Health & Care, who showed extracts from a new range of Mental Health and Wellbeing Guides offering practical support for adults – covering Five Ways to Wellbeing, Every Mind Matters, One You and Apps. Mike also illustrated the Additional Support information and where that can be accessed from eg GP, local talking therapy, wellbeing centres, how to access urgent help, top tips and mental health and wellbeing training.

An engaged audience logged questions and observations after each presentation. Previous HSPN Webinars are available on GVA’s Social Prescribing webpage. The next HSPN Webinar will place on Wednesday 3 March 2021 from 1-2pm. Please contact to register if you are not an HSPN member and would like to attend and/or be kept up to date.


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