18 Nov



Mental Health


Aims to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life


Mental Health Foundation

Provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems.


The Centre for Mental Health

Works to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems by influencing policy and practice in mental health and related services.


Mind make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.


Anna Freud Centre

Dedicated to the well-being of children, the Anna Freud Centre is at the forefront of research in child psychoanalysis and the training of psychotherapists.


Mentalising and Borderline Personality Disorder

Mentalising underpins TalkWell and is a crucial skill for people with borderline personality disorder, and everyone else. This website is an accessible guide to mentalising, Mentalisation Based Therapy and borderline personality disorder. It’s also one from the Buddy stable (kennel?) of websites and Marion had a small hand in producing it.





Providing confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.


Support dogs

Marion is regularly asked about her support dog, Buddy. Mainly what breed she is (Tibetan Terrier) but also how our relationship works. There are articles in the Ideas and Inspirationsection and an excellent sources of information is the American Psychiatric Service Dog Society. And there’s a truly wonderful company which provides tailor-made jackets –Lonewolf.





Mental Health Inpatient Care


Keeping everyone as safe as possible is a basic goal for any community. This is as true for hospitals as it is for schools, towns, workplaces or even families. It is also true for psychiatric hospitals.  Keeping everyone as safe as possible also takes thought and effort.


Institute of Psychiatry 

Prof Len Bowers at the Institute of Psychiatry leasd outstanding research on mental health wards, including the very fab Safewards.



Prof Alan Simpson leads the work on mental health wards with a particular focus on service user and carer involvement.



Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services (AIMS) identifies and acknowledges services which have high standards of organisation and patient care, and supports and enables others to achieve these.


Productive Ward

The Productive Mental Health Ward programme is designed to increase the amount of direct care time given to patients in mental health wards by improving the effectiveness, safety and reliability of mental health wards.



Advances the care and treatment of those people who require Psychiatric Intensive Care and low secure units in acute services through promoting and sharing good practice, providing education and training, encouraging clinicians to establish networks and by undertaking research and audit.


Care Quality Commission

The independent regulator of health and social care in England whose remit includes protecting the interests of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.




British Psychological Society

The representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, with national responsibility for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good.


College of Occupational Therapists

The professional body for occupational therapists and OT staff in the UK.


Royal College of Nursing Mental Health Forum

Covers all mental health issues affecting users and care providers, and promotes expertise in the field.



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You might be wondering – what difference does Star Wards actually make to mental health wards? It’s a question we continuously ask ourselves, to make sure that we are having a positive impact. Well, we have over 800 wards signed up to receive our resources and, in the past, we have had Star Wards independently evaluated. A micro-summary of what our users have said is that wards who tried Star Wards ideas had:

This is not about us, it is about people like you. These improvements are down to your hard work. And you can check our newsletters for wards doing amazing things right now. So we are told we do help you make a difference – and we want to get better and be here to help you in the future. So, join up, join in and let us know your wonderful ideas – and if you can donate to us or fundraise for us, we would be delighted to hear from you. You can donate on the website or discuss fundraising by e-mailing here. Thank you for all you do.