A group of like minded people, with funding via LPFT, wanted to get mental health organisations across the county to see what they wanted, how they could be help and what they could contribute to a new organisation. We brought together people with a wide variety of lived experience, along with volunteers and voluntary organisations, and key players from the local authority and NHS.
Throughout the day we had guest speakers, stands for groups to show their work and a workshop called “how will we make a community mental health support network work in practice”. We asked people to build a tree, the last part of the exercise was to write a personal promise to improving mental health in the county, we used a sun shape as a sign of hope. To this day we are uncertain who wrote “Shine at what I do” but this message captured our imagination and has been our logo ever since.
One thing that clearly came from the day was people wanted “less talk and more action” and the most important message was “more communication”.