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Hi everyone,

 

I'm a researcher working in mental health and I'm currently recruiting mental health service users and carers to complete a 20-30 minute survey (with a shopping voucher as a thanks for participation).

 

I work at Manchester university, but live in Sheffield. In Manchester I've found loads of support groups that I can go to, where I've given people a bit of detail about the survey. The survey aims to get feedback from service users and carers on how they'd like to be involved in their care planning, so it's really important for me to hear from people in different areas and from different backgrounds. I'm advertising online, but as Sheffield is local to me I wanted to see if I could get the people of Sheffield involved too.

 

But I'm really struggling to find anything in Sheffield! I've looked online but haven't found anything that seems very active, and all of the forum posts about groups are very old. Does anyone know any groups that are active? Or any Sheffield organisations I could contact?

 

Thanks for your help

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I'm yet to find any support groups in Sheffield, let alone a good one

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There`s a MIND in Sheffield but I don`t know how useful people have found it to be.

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I tried contacting them a few times and never heard anything back so I gave up

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There is no support from mental health service.

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Totally agree Daisy, even after being admitted to hospital after an attempted overdose, all I got was "Contact your GP for counselling"

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Totally agree Daisy, even after being admitted to hospital after an attempted overdose, all I got was "Contact your GP for counselling"

 

me too I'm under Argyll house and have a cpn and a Dr there. They are leaving due to ill health themselves or taking retirement because of cut backs. then there's no back up for patients. They need more staff not less. No duty of care to paitients.:(

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My partner suffers bad mental health and I really wish there was more help out there they don't care as long as she takes her pills! How can one get better without support? The duty of care is diabolical she says I'm the only one who cares I work full time so I'm not a full time carer but without me she probably wouldn't be here

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I would be interested in doing your survey if you need any doing. I am one of the lucky ones, I have found a brilliant very small support group that I have been attending for a year. It is amazing and helped me through the worst period of my life.

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http://sheffieldmentalhealth.org.uk/index.php

 

http://www.together-uk.org/projects/sheffield-your-way/

 

http://www.together-uk.org/our-mental-health-services/community-support/your-way/

 

A few..

 

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http://www.hearing-voices.

 

http://yourvoicesheffield.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/YV74.pdf

 

 

http://www.sheffieldiapt.shsc.nhs.uk/how-do-i-get-help

 

http://www.nopanicsheffield.org.uk/

 

http://whitehousesurgery.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=19

 

http://www.lightsheffield.org.uk/

 

A few more..

 

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Sometimes the help people want is not the help they need. Too many people want admission to a psychiatric ward when that is actually the last place they should be.

A lot of people feel suicidal for a lot of different reasons and sometimes they can feel this way and NOT have a mental health condition.

Support in Sheffield is there if you want it, but don't expect a referral straight into NHS mental health services, as they have been cut to the bone and can now only take on the most serious of conditions.

Research proves that a recovery based, peer support approach works the best for most people, especially for low mood and anxiety disorders.

 

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I would be interested in doing your survey if you need any doing. I am one of the lucky ones, I have found a brilliant very small support group that I have been attending for a year. It is amazing and helped me through the worst period of my life.

 

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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You have hit the nail on the head gnomi. The support group I attend has the peer support approach. It really is the best approach in my humble opinion.

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You have hit the nail on the head gnomi. The support group I attend has the peer support approach. It really is the best approach in my humble opinion.

 

Your opinion is anything but humble scrumpy2011. You are the expert in your mental health needs, as are the thousands of other people struggling with life in one way or another. Talking with and getting support from people who truly know what you are going through can surely only be a good thing?

Too many people won't or can't take responsibility for their own health and 'demand' to see an 'expert'. The true 'experts' are the people living it.

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