Mental Health

Mental health and wellbeing is a key priority in Sefton. Sefton CVS provides support to those who deliver these services and those who receive them. It aims to improve mental health and wellbeing and gives opportunities for individuals and VCF organisations to share their views about mental health issues, including policy, strategy and service provision.

Mental Health Working Group

The Mental Health Working Group is a subgroup of the Health and Social Care Forum. It brings together voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations with an interest in mental health. The aims of the group are to:

  • develop partnership
  • influence policy and service development
  • work with statutory and other providers.

Current activities and priorities:

Bi-monthly meetings
Including presentations on services, strategic developments, funding and consultation opportunities, new initiatives and providing an opportunity for services to share information and network.

Information Exchange
Information Updates

Sharing Good Practice
On key issues affecting all mental health services and raising awareness of different services available.

Updates on Initiatives and Strategic Developments
Particularly in relation to changes to mental health services locally.

Membership of the working group is open to VCF organizations who are members of the Health and Social Care Forum, however, you are welcome to receive information and attend meetings as non-member.

Mental Health Service User Forum

As service-users have firsthand experience of mental health services, they are well placed to provide feedback and express any views or concerns about the services they have received. These views can be represented to others, e.g., mental health commissioners and service providers with the aim of improving services available. The aims of the forum are to:

  • raise standards
  • promote mental health
  • work with statutory partners

Current activities and priorities:

Combating Stigma
Through the production of a drama and DVD

Updates on Initiatives and Strategic Developments
By linking in with the Mental Health Working Group

The group is currently looking at ways to develop and enhance its work so it can make even more of a difference.

The Forum is always welcoming of new members. Membership is open to Sefton residents who access mental health services or have done in the past, including those provided by statutory, private, voluntary, community and faith organisations.


Relaxing Places to escape your daily stress

Daily life is getting more and more stressful due to our always on mentality. Visiting the countryside or escaping your laptop is a proven method to reduce stress. have put together a list of the top 5 most relaxing places you can visit in the uk. Take a look and plan your next relaxing trip

1. Cornwall 

Sitting at the top of the list is Cornwall, one of the most beautiful places in the country, rural and coastal settings a plenty and a friendly atmosphere. Cornwall forms a peninsula with wild moorlands and many sandy beaches. The south coast of Cornwall is dubbed the Cornish riviera due to the climate and picturesque landscapes. Cornwall has a host of picturesque villages and seaside resorts

2. Standish 

A small yet humble town in the borough of Wigan has made it onto our list due to the small population, low pollution and lack of traffic jams. The village has a population of less than 14,000 people making it a perfect place to settle.

3.The Lake District 

One of the most beautiful places in the UK, it was always going to make it onto the list. A favourite for nationals and tourists the lake district is a region of Cumbria in the northwest of England. With a low pollution level and beautiful market towns such as Keswick, Kendal, Ambleside and Derwentwater. The lake district is a wonderful place to visit and live.

4. Wales

Wales made it on to the list due to the low levels of pollution and traffic free roads (mostly). Wales is a well known part of southwest Great Britain. With rugged coastlines and famous mountains located there. The celtic culture and welsh language is a draw for tourism.

5. Scottish Highlands

Home to famous loch Ness and many other famous attractions  the Scottish Highland is a wonderful place to move to and relax, benefit from rural locations and lower house prices you can pick up a lot of real estate for a lower cost.

As you can tell the most relaxing places to live in the UK appear to be more rural locations, this goes to show that city life really does have an impact on our health and ability to de-stress. Not everyone will be able to move to the locations or may not even want to but a short visit to a rural location is proven to reduce stress and help relax. If you live in a busy area it can be a great way to relax with a rural weekend away.