Time to talk: successful engagement day brings mental health into the spotlight

Date: 23 March 2017

Mental Health Engagement Day

We all have mental health, the same as we all have physical health, but sometimes they aren’t held in the same light. Fortunately, we hosted a mental health engagement day last week (Thursday, 16th March) where a medley of experts, staff, and other health care professionals spoke about all things mental health.

Hosted at our headquarters in Melbourn, we – alongside 70 people from across 15 organisations – set out to discuss what we currently do to treat those in mental health crises and how we can all share those best practices.

A number of key speakers and professionals discussed key issues including an incredibly moving true story from two experts by experience, Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laydon.

Back in 2008 Jonny Benjamin MBE tried to take his own life on Waterloo Bridge when Neil Laybourn, a complete stranger at the time, intervened and as a result saved Jonny’s life. Since then, both have become champions of health.

Throughout the day a number of workshops also took place which was followed by a discussion of learning from the day; including the understanding of mental health legislation and the sharing of information across organisations.

EEAST Medical Director Dr Mark Patten closed the day and said: “My thanks to all those who spoke, their stories can help all of our services develop our work in mental health.”

EEAST Area Clinical Lead Duncan Moore said: “It was a really successful day which was a great platform for mental health experts to discuss what work is currently being done and what we can do more of to benefit those in mental health crises.”

Next week (27th March) we will be live tweeting from the Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health Street Triage (MHST) car from 3pm. You can follow the tweets using #MHST or follow @EastEnglandAmb.

  • Summary:

    We all have mental health, the same as we all have physical health, but sometimes they aren’t held in the same light.