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“Change doesn’t happen to someone, the individual has to take responsibility for it themselves, but that’s hard to do if there is no trust in services…” said Karen Edwards, Network and Quality Improvement Officer in Mental Health for the West Midlands Clinical Senate, in NHS England. “My attitude towards those with such complex needs who don’t engage has […]
From an abusive childhood and a history of psychosis to motivating others to make the change. This is Joel’s story.  Raised in a violent household, Joel often sat at the top of the stairs crying while he listened to his alcoholic father beating his mother. He was soon responsible for looking after his two younger […]
Speaking after a visit to Birmingham Changing Futures Together’s Lead Worker Peer Mentor service, Norman Lamb MP said: “The Lead Worker Peer Mentor service does vitally important work. I was immensely impressed by the team of people I met. Their dedication and commitment are clear. “I was particularly impressed by the Peer Mentors, those who […]
The April 2018 newsletter is available to download here. Stories include Sarah Burwood’s #walkthefrontline write up and Shabina’s story demonstrating that change is possible.  
After years of self-medicating, Shabina is living proof change is possible Born into a verbally and physically abusive and incredibly restrictive environment, Shabina has suffered many undiagnosed mental health problems, include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), Schizophrenia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Addicted to drugs and alcohol, Shabina self-medicated for years. Today she is […]
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