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Individuals at The Priory unlock their creativity at new exhibition

Posted on 11, December, 2012

Thornford Park and Chadwick Lodge, residential units that are part of the Priory Group, are holding an exhibition at Together’s Our Space gallery to showcase service users’ artwork. The UNLOCK art exhibition features a range of mixed media artwork completed by service users and demonstrates the potential of art as a mode of therapy, allowing individuals to […]

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Charity launches transformed service for Southwark residents with mental health issues

Posted on 07, December, 2012

As part of its work to transform its services and drive personalisation forward, mental health charity Together has launched its latest project Southwark Your Way for local people in need of support. Southwark Your Way, formerly known as Castle Resource Centre, has now been transformed into a community based service that offers individuals experiencing mental […]

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Together wins Specialist Provider of the Year award for Your Way service

Posted on 28, November, 2012

Together’s Your Way model – the charity’s answer to personalisation has won Major Specialist Care Provider at this year’s Independent Healthcare APEX (IHA) awards. The IHA awards give recognition to best practice within specialist healthcare, inviting entries from across the sector which are reviewed by an independent panel of judges with expert knowledge of the […]

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Together’s response to Schizophrenia Commission report

Posted on 15, November, 2012

In response to some of the issues raised in the The Abandoned Illness report released by The Schizophrenia Commission, Michael Smith, Transformation Lead at Together says: “Through our work with commissioners and our service users to identify local need for individuals experiencing severe and enduring mental illness, we too have found that there remains an unfilled […]

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Listening to women in police custody. Why is it so important?

Posted on 04, October, 2012

Matina Marougka: Women’s Forensic Mental Health Practitioner and co-author of new IARS report: Listening to Young Women in Police Custody: Mental health needs and the police response comments on the findings: I am a psychologist and work as a Women’s Forensic Mental Health Practitioner at Together’s Court Liaison and Outreach Project based at Thames Magistrates’ […]

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New charity report reveals: adoption of ‘peer support’ by mental health services poses threat to grassroots ethos and survival

Posted on 25, September, 2012

Good practice guidelines are needed to prevent the ‘professionalisation’ of peer support and preserve its grassroots, user-led ethos, says a new report published today by national mental health charity Together. Peer supporters have become increasingly valued in formal health settings for their positive role in mental health recovery. However, warns the report, “The Freedom to be; The […]

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How do we protect authentic peer support from the threat of professionalisation?

Posted on 21, September, 2012

Anne Beales, Director of Service User Involvement at Together argues that the formation of ‘good practice’ guidelines is essential to ensure the survival of authentic, user-led peer support and to safeguard it from being used as a form of cheap labour. Check out her blog piece here: http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/Blog/blog.aspx

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Together’s response to Channel 4 documentary ‘Endgames of a psychopath’

Posted on 20, August, 2012

Together’s response to Channel 4 documentary ‘Endgames of a psychopath’: “Under Section 130A of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) individuals subject to compulsory powers under the Mental Health Act have a legal right to support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA). Together is the commissioned organisation that provides the Independent Mental Health […]

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Transforming services to transform lives: Mental health charity launches new art exhibition to mark national revamp to services

Posted on 26, June, 2012

To highlight the roll-out of its new and improved services mental health charity Together opens its latest exhibition Transformation which features work from service users who have used art to interpret their personal transformation on the path to wellbeing. The charity is embracing the opportunities for change offered by the government’s rapidly evolving personalisation agenda, […]

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Charity art exhibition opens ‘Pandora’s box’ on violence and abuse against women

Posted on 25, April, 2012

Women survivors of violence and abuse who have used art as a means of finding hope despite their experiences, as well as females who have used their art to create awareness of the issue, are to have their work exhibited in central London as a collaboration between mental health charity Together and AVA (Against Violence & Abuse). […]

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