The Meriden Family Work Programme is a training and organisational development programme, which has been promoting the development of family-sensitive, evidence-based mental health services since 1998, with a particular emphasis on the implementation of family work. It is an NHS programme with extensive experience of working with organisations to ensure families remain at the heart of quality mental health service delivery.
Caring for Yourself
Rethink Mental Illness and the Meriden Family Programme have created a new resource called Caring for Yourself which has been developed to help carers, family and friends who support someone with a mental health problem.
Caring for Yourself is a self-help workbook in eight parts that can be used in an entirely flexible way. Launched in Carers Week in 2012, the workbook is now available as a very useful information and educational resource designed to help carers. It will also be helpful for professionals who work with carers so that they can refer carers to the resource where appropriate. To download the guide please click on the links below
Each of the eight parts of the workbook cover a different topic:
The self-contained workbook can be used at the carers own pace and in their own time. It can be used along with a training programme for carers such as Rethink Mental Illness Caring and Coping Programme or Meriden’s Caring for Carers Programme or it can be used independently.
The resource is available online and is free to download. However, Caring for Yourself cannot be completed online. Carers who are unable to download a copy and who would like further information should contact:
Newsletter - June 2014
The latest volume of the Meriden newsletter has been published and you can find a copy of this on our website.(June 2014)
Mental Health Innovation Network
There is a growing commitment to develop, evaluate, and scale up promotion, prevention and treatment innovations for mental disorders around the world. The Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) was initiated in June 2013 to nurture this commitment and accelerate progress toward implementation of these innovations.
The Network’s activities are supported by a team of researchers and policy makers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Centre for Global Mental Health and the World Health Organization’s Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. MHIN receives guidance from an independent advisory group, representing global mental health donors, innovators, policymakers, service user representatives, and experts in knowledge transfer and global health network initiatives.
In November of 2013, The Meriden Family Programme was asked to submit details of its work for inclusion in the MHIN “Data Repository”, a showcase of global mental health innovations housing a diverse range of resources, including intervention and training manuals, evaluation protocols, publications and multi-media resources. We were delighted to be invited to be included in this resource and were able to submit details prior to the repository going live at the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar (10th -11th December, 2013).
To find out more about how you can become involved in the work of MHIN, or to sign up to the MHIN newsletter, please contact MHIN@lshtm.ac.uk
The latest references including those on Siblings and Mental Health can now be accessed in our 'Research, Publications and Resources' section. There are also links to useful websites and resources providing advice and guidance for Siblings of people who suffer from mental illness. These include the 'E-Sibling Project' providing peer support and information on psychosis, and the new online network from Rethink 'Rethink Siblings'.
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