As World Mental Health Day takes place Loughborough’s MP Nicky Morgan is teaming up with local mental health service user Jenny Condron, to gauge the views of mental health patients and their families in Loughborough about the services they currently use and if there are any gaps in service provision locally.
The survey came about after Jenny contacted Nicky with an idea to set up a drop in centre for mental health service users and their carers.
“I have always thought that Loughborough would benefit from a friendly place where people with mental health conditions, particularly those recovering from a time of mental ill-health, and those who care for them can go for advice, activities, peer support and a chat” Nicky said.
“That is why Jenny and I are launching this survey to gauge the views of mental health service users, their carers and their families. We want to know which services they currently use, which ones work for them, what they think about issues such as more peer support, increased activities such as art therapy and what they would like to see more of in Loughborough.”
Jenny added: “I think it is really important for people who have mental health difficulties and their carers to have their say as to what sort of support services would help them best. Personally I feel support could be provided more efficiently if existing services and organisations begin to work more closely in partnership and there is better organisation of resources.
“I hope that this survey will provide a chance for people to get their voices heard and make a difference.”
Anyone wishing to take part in the survey can do so online at:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FD2GCYW or alternatively hard copies are available at Nicky’s office at 3 Nottingham Road, Loughborough, LE11 1ER or email her email@example.com and she will e-mail a copy.