Engaging with Mental Health Services

(Last Updated On: October 4, 2018)

An engagement opportunity for anyone with an interest in mental health services in Devon.

If you or anyone you know would like to attend one of the events, simply contact the organisers using the details below.

‘We want people in Devon to help influence the future of mental health services across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay,’ the organisers tell us. ‘We are running three events (we have already held an event in North Devon) and the dates of all upcoming meetings and venues are below.’

Thursday 4 October 09.30-12.30 Plymouth Guildhall, Plymouth, PL1 2BJ
Friday 5 October 09.30-12.30 Newcourt Community Centre, Exeter, EX2 7FN
Monday 8 October 09.30-12.30 Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3AF

‘Listening to what people think about the vision and the priorities is the start of changing the way we work with people across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay to understand what matters to them about mental health and wellbeing,’ they add. ‘The outcome of the engagement process will inform the vision and key priorities, which in turn set the direction for the overall strategy.’

The engagement process is open and continues until 19 October. For more information or to register an interest follow the link to our website athttp://www.devonstp.org.uk/get-involved/mental-health-and-wellbeing-survey.

Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!