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News Archive February 2021

Re balancing the Relationship

We’re delighted to announce that Open Mental Health has been featured in a new national report, #RebalancingTheRelationship, which focuses on #VCSE collaboration. Proud to have contributed and share what we have learned so far.

‘We came together to develop this work because we believe in it and the difference it can make for our beneficiaries…We all had to be okay with not always getting it right.’ – Rethink Mental Illness

‘All of this is about relationships. It’s not about size, it’s about commitment and culture within organisations. We kept coming back to why we were here, it’s not about any individual organisation.’ – Spark Somerset

‘In order for everyone to be equal some organisations need bigger steps to be at the same level as others.’ – SWEDA

The Somerset Mental Health Alliance was formed in 2019 as part of the new Community Mental Health Framework, which aims to address the long existing gaps in provision and challenges of mental health care and support in the community. Somerset is one of 12 Trailblazers, trialing a new approach to coproducing a local model, funded by the NHS Trust, the Clinical Commissioning Group, and the County Council.


Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 26th February 2021

Time to Talk Day 2021

Time to Talk Day 2021

Time to Talk Day 2021 takes place on Thursday 4 February – join us to start conversations about mental health and help end the stigma.

The Power of Small

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

We know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us with mental health problems are made to feel.

Time to Talk Day is the day that we get the nation talking about mental health. This year’s event might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

We need your help to start the conversation this Time to Talk Day – together we can end mental health stigma.



Time to Talk Day: The Power of Small

Psykhe Mental Wellbeing Podcast

Have a listen to this special episode for Time to Talk Day 2021, we’re joined by Hazel Barron (Somerset Time to Change Hub Coordinator) and Time to Change Champions Ann Diment, Haleem Clift and Rosina Thomas.

In this episode, we explore:

What is Time to Change?

What is Time to Talk Day about?

The power of small

Small acts of self-care

Small things that have been said to us

Advice to anyone struggling with their mental health

and loads more. Mentioned in this episode:

Ann’s Wellbeing Blog

Haleem’s Film – The Future of Mental Health

Rosie’s Blog

Mind in Somerset YouTube

To listen to the podcast click here


Virtual Coffee and Chat!

Come and join the Somerset Inclusion team, and Champions from Time to Change Somerset this Thursday  TIME TO TALK DAY! From 1-2 pm, please email for details.(on poster)  A supportive space, access to information, a listening ear and meet some amazing pets while we chill over a coffee and a biscuit and talk about how our pets can help with our mental health … non pet owners welcome!


Listen in to Charlie Taylor’s wellbeing Wednesday at 7pm to hear some of the Somerset Time to Change Champions discussing Time to Talk day, what they get up to to raise awareness around Time to Change and lots more besides…


If you would like to find out more about the campaign locally , join the mailing list, or to get involved in this supportive innovative network , please visit Mind in Somerset website or email [email protected]  we meet monthly( currently on zoom) to discuss ideas, share events and to be supportive of one another .

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 3rd February 2021

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