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  • Recovery - a choice :: Recovery :: Signpost UK
    and content for others it can be about rebuilding their life after a period of illness and understanding more about how to manage problems related to their health and lifestyle For many people recovery is about achieving the best quality of life possible whilst living with ongoing symptoms The concept of recovery is not the same as cure It is for the person to choose whether to enter recovery and to define and lead this Recovery shouldn t depend on any one factor such as being in work It is individual and there should be no benchmark of what someone s recovery should look like or how quickly they need to achieve goals There may be setbacks and a need to change parts of life that otherwise make problems more likely Some people may feel an experience of mental illness can lead to positive changes as they develop resilience and rediscover parts of themselves not used for a long time or decide what they really want to do with their life This section of Signpost UK explains how the recovery model is applied to mental health has information about the local support available in Kent and Medway for people in

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/recovery/recovery-information (2016-02-16)
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  • Mental health and work information :: Mental Health and Work :: Signpost UK
    challenging but help is available There are also a number of employment and vocational services available Trying to cope in work when you have problems with your mental health can be difficult Employers and work colleagues may not know how best to support you or may not understand how your mental health condition is affecting you however help and support is available There are a range of benefits available for people looking for work and for people who are not well enough to work As an employer it can be hard to know the best way to support someone with their mental health However information and guidance is available to employers to help create a healthy and supportive work environment New government commitments on employment and mental health In December 2009 four important publications were launched which together will shape how government will approach mental health and employment in Great Britain Working Our Way to Better Mental Health A Framework for Action Ths is the first National Mental Health and Employment Strategy for Britain which addresses wellbeing at work for all and better employment results for people with mental health conditions in and out of work Realising Ambitions Better employment support for people with a mental health condition This is an independent review led by Rachel Perkins and commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions It examines strengthening employment health and wider state support to help people with mental conditions on out of work benefits Work Recovery and Inclusion This is a cross government delivery plan for England to support people in contact with secondary mental health services into work It forms part of the Government response to the Perkins Review mentioned above New Horizons A shared vision for mental health This is a cross government report produced by

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/mental-health-and-work/mental-health-and-work-information (2016-02-16)
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  • Find a broker :: Noticeboard Announcement :: Signpost UK
    Plan Find a broker Announcement created Friday 11th Mar 2011 We re pleased to announce that details of the first of our registered support brokers are now available If you are looking for help with a personal budget a support broker can help you decide what s right for you Go to the Find a broker page to begin your search And if you are interested in joining our network

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/notice/find-broker (2016-02-16)
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  • Personal budgets and brokerage :: Noticeboard Announcement :: Signpost UK
    the role of the broker was explained and explored and participants learnt how they could support people to develop a plan which could be used with a personal budget Self directed support is where people work out for themselves what support they need to get the life they want On the course we learnt about the history of self directed support dating back since the 1970s and then went on to learn about how self directed support is being delivered now During and following the training participants are assessed to see if they meet the competencies to become a Signpost registered broker These competencies link closely to the person specification created by working collaboratively with people with mental health needs service providers carers community mental health team representatives and other interested participants The person specification is available for you to view on the Want to be a broker page The Signpost support brokerage competencies as part of the Signpost Support Brokerage Training Course have been approved by the Royal Society of Public Health We now have people trained as brokers Visit the personal budgets and brokerage section of the website for more information Jargon buster Personalisation People having choice and control over how they manage their mental health and the support they receive Personal budget Clear up front allocation of money from social services that a person can use to design and purchase support for their eligible social care needs Individual budget Like personal budgets but includes more than social care money such as Supporting People money Direct payment One way of getting your personal budget Cash payment paid directly to the person Kent Card Another way of getting your personal budget if you live within the Kent County Council boundary It s a Visa card which enables people to

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/notice/personal-budgets-and-brokerage (2016-02-16)
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  • Learn new life skills :: Noticeboard Announcement :: Signpost UK
    report an average stress reduction of 36 This online course is run by the Mental Health Foundation a UK charity for everyones mental health and contains core elements of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy MBCT The online course package includes A four week internet based course you can follow at a time and location that suits you Ten easy to follow online sessions featuring videos and interactive exercises led by our mindfulness trainers Tessa Watt and Ed HalliwellFive guided meditation audio downloads Six downloadable course handouts Twelve assignments to practise in your daily life with supporting emailsAftercare package including our printed guide to everyday mindfulness The course costs 40 Find out more by going to to the Be Mindful website Living Life to the Full This free life skills resource and online course has been written by a British psychiatrist who has many years of experience using a cognitive behaviour therapy CBT approach and also in helping people use these skills in everyday life Living Life to the Full is for anyone wanting to learn new life skills anyone who at times feels fed up or low or tense and anxious people who are dissatisfied with how they are and how they live their life people who want to improve their quality of life people wanting to learn how to sleep better people wanting to learn how to relax people who sometimes take tablet medication Living Life to the Full is supported by Anxiety UK national charity for people with anxiety conditions Depression Alliance Scotland Scottish charity for people with depression and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Use of the site is free There is also a function which allows you to set up an agreed link with your practitioner to follow your progress on

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/notice/learn-new-life-skills (2016-02-16)
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  • Events across the county :: Noticeboard Announcement :: Signpost UK
    or call freephone 0800 849 4000 Befriending Art Group Mondays at 12 30pm St John s Margate If you enjoy drawing collage and meeting others who enjoy art come and join us once a month For more information contact East Kent User Forum on 01843 230 726 or email at admin eastkentuserforum org Tuesday Craft Group 2 4pm Trinity Community Church Centre St Mary s Road Cliftonville Thanet Day Services runs a new weekly craft group for beginners or experts Bring your own favourite craft or try a whole range of crafts such as painting stencilling air dried clay pressed flowers and glass painting For more information call Morag or Jo on 01843 280022 Befriending Swimming Group Wednesdays 2pm Hartsdown Leisure Centre and Thursdays 12 30pm Ramsgate swimming pool The group is open for all those wishing to get some exercise and improve their general wellbeing For more details speak to Maggie at the East Kent User Forum on 01843 230 726 or email admin eastkentuserforum org Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Support Group meets monthly Margate We are a self help group and meet on a monthly basis This is your opportunity to meet new people in a warm friendly atmosphere where we can talk about our lifestyles hardships joys intimacies and well everything and anything else you would like We meet once a month for afternoon tea at the Walpole Bay Hotel Margate For more information call Maggie Gallant on 01843 230726 MEDWAY Follow this link to What s on in Medway for a listing of local events and groups across the Medway towns WEST KENT 10 January 2011 A Woman s View Exploring mental health experience through an artist s eye Tonbridge Baptist Church Tonbridge Kent A day for women to discuss share and learn from

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/notice/events-across-county (2016-02-16)
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  • Latest News! :: Noticeboard Announcement :: Signpost UK
    based techniques which have been scientifically proven to increase happiness and well being What is not so well known is that a delightful consequence of these interventions is that they also reduce the symptoms of depression Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression is aimed at the millions suffering mild to moderate depression and those who want to protect themselves against persistent low moods The book explains key strategies to help you overcome depression and reduce the chances of it recurring As you practise the simple yet highly effective exercises you will find your mood lifts naturally your confidence resilience positivity and strength grow and your outlook becomes more optimistic These strategies come from the author s professional practice as a positive psychologist and coach her background as a journalist and as someone who has suffered from depression herself Time To Talk The Time to Change campaign have launched a new initiative called Time to Talk to get everyone having a conversation about mental health Link to the Live It Well website for further information http www liveitwell org uk latest news time to talk Live it Well summary now available 23 November 2010 A summary of the Kent and Medway mental health strategy Live it Well is now available You can download the summary from the Medway PCT website It contains information about the 10 commitments made by Kent Councy Council Medway Council and the Kent and Medway primary care trusts Live it Well mental health strategy launched 7 October 2010 One in four of us will have a mental health problem at some point in our lives In Kent and Medway the NHS and local authorities have worked together to produce Live It Well which is their strategy for improving the mental health and wellbeing of people in Kent and

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/notice/latest-news (2016-02-16)
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  • Accessibility :: Signpost UK
    web standards so that it is readable in a variety of settings and for use with a screen reader It can be accessed through any browser The site makes limited use of Javascript and can be used without it Web standards and compatibility During this beta stage we will be making further improvements to accessibility to conform with WCAG 2 0 Guidelines Users can use the tab key to move

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/about/accessibility (2016-02-16)
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