Presentations from Mental Health Conversations event now available!

May 6, 2018 at 2:11 pm

The presentations from our second Mental Health Conversations event are now available to download and share.

You can access the presentations here.

More updates will be available soon to let you know how the key themes raised at the event will be taken forwards.

If you have any queries in the meantime, or would like to get more involved in this work, then drop an email to


More information from the event

As Bristol prepares for the roll out of Universal Credit in 2018, Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) and Community Access Support Service (CASS), Bristol City Council Public Health and the Clinical Commissioning Group invite workers, group leaders and service users to join the city’s second mental health conversation, this time about debt and benefits.

The finalised programme for the next sold-out event, taking place on Tuesday 8th May, can be found here and also below:

Representation & Accountability Officer, Tom Renhard, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming over 120 people to the event on Tuesday. Many are attending to share their lived experiences of their personal situation and what could have been done differently to better support them. These will include people talking about challenges of mental health combined with debt or benefits issues they have had where their voices may have previously gone unheard. Professionals and key local decision makers will also attend so that collectively, we can work together to see what can be done to improve the situation, or what needs to be our ask as a city to ensure the experiences of people are heard, acknowledged and appropriately addressed.”


About the event

In this period of growing austerity, mental health and finance often impact each other; issues with either one can cause people to spiral into crisis.

With service users already affected by welfare reform and Universal Credit on the horizon, how do advice and mental health workers join together and ensure clients have a safety net in place?

Join us to:

  • Make connections between the mental health and advice sectors
  • Identify issues relevant to both mental health work and advice work
  • Work together to identify solutions

Rather than being a Universal Credit update or a chance for individuals to discuss their benefit entitlement, this event will provide a rare opportunity for interested parties to come together with a view to improving the services provided to Bristol’s communities.

The event will include information stalls, networking opportunities, discussion groups and speakers, with outcomes feeding into the Thrive Bristol program.

Speakers will present a national perspective on welfare reform and mental health, a local Bristol-focused view, an advice sector view and most importantly a lived experience of mental health perspective.

If you have any queries about the event then please do get in touch by emailing


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