Charles Fraser CBE | Chief Executive | St Mungo’s “We have to believe that nothing is intractable” St Mungo’s is London’s largest charity for homeless people, providing homes and a wide range of support services. In many cases, Charles said, “It is the [mental health and wellbeing] services that are hard to reach, not the people.” There a great deal of mental health issues in the homeless community; homeless individuals often have three of four mental health needs. Safe, supportive housing was essential to support the work St Mungo’s does to promote good mental health and wellbeing. Charles outlined two examples of St Mungo’s good practice: the Brent Dual Diagnosis project, which provides housing and support for adults with a combination of mental health and substance use needs; and the Lifeworks project, which offers homeless adults comprehensive access to psychological therapies.
Judy Weleminsky | Chief Executive | Mental Health Providers Forum The Mental Health Providers Forum works to promote the role of voluntary sector mental health organisations in the delivery of recovery-focussed mental health services Judy began by seeking a definition of “well-being”. “What do we mean by well-being?” Importantly, the plethora of different definitions show that “well-being” is multifaceted, encompassing happiness, sense of purpose, fulfilment, physical health and more. Any agreed definition must embrace this multiplicity of meanings. “Those in the voluntary sector were the ones to lead the focus on well-being and still have a lot to contribute” Judy demonstrated the MHPF Recovery Star to delegates, highlighting its usefulness in measuring and assessing change in people’s lives. The Recovery Star had been used with great success; a similar model could be developed to create a “well-being star”.