Conferences and Training

Join the Conversation about Mental Health Services in Somerset

13th February 2020 

This free event is an opportunity for you to talk about your experiences of mental health services in Somerset. If you’re affected by mental health, your opinion is really important.

The conversations around what makes good mental health support need to include input from those who live with it. Please come along and provide that very important perspective.

We really want to get the message out there that big changes are happening to the way some mental health services are being delivered. We’re pleased to welcome the following three speakers who will explain how they are doing things differently.

Emily Strange, Somerset Wellbeing Learning Community - a Recovery College for Somerset
Emily has wide clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist and is the clinical lead at the Wellbeing Learning Community. She has experience of living with mental health challenges, and this is at the heart of what the Recovery College is all about. There are a really wide range of experiences out there and Emily is going to tell us how it all works and what's available.

Karl Adcock, Recovery Partners
Somerset Recovery Partners are an important part of mental health services in Somerset. They are a group of people who all have their own experience of living with mental health problems. The Recovery Partners make a very valuable contribution to decision making and many other things. Karl will share his story of hope, how he has benefitted from becoming a Recovery Partner, and talk about how you can get involved.

Tasha Marsh, Rethink 'Creating Connections'
Rethink will soon be launching a new peer mentoring scheme in Somerset. It's a new way to offer and receive support through one to one mentoring. Tasha will tell us more about the scheme, what it involves, and how to sign up.

We will also look at what feedback we’ve received so far, and what’s happened in response.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided from 1pm, with the talks starting at 1:30 pm.

An advocate will be on hand to represent attendees, if needed, and quiet rooms will be available, should anybody need to take a moment and get some space.

Service users may be entitled to claim back travel expenses. A claim form will be provided on the day.

To make a booking by phone, please call 01460 202970 or online


Improving Access and Treatment for Eating Disorders: Towards Recovery

Monday 27 Apr 2020

West One De Vere Conference Centre, London

The NHS Long Term Plan and accompanying Mental Health Implementation Plan has demonstrated a commitment to improve support and treatment for people with eating disorders. This conference focuses on making that plan a reality through developing services for Eating Disorders: improving access, treatment and recovery outcomes, and meeting the national standards for children, young people and adult services.

For further information and to book your place visit or email [email protected]

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“During the time I accessed the SWEDA Services I used both the Support Group and one to one counselling sessions. Both services used together offer the life raft that is so desperately needed to bring balance, stability and empowered choice."

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