SW Newsletter #54

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Hello lovely Star Wards membersWithout any indecent haste, or any haste whatsoever, here, finally, is the latest Star Wards’ newsletter. I’m really sorry about the delay in getting this produced, but the up side is that as a result it’s a whopping 30 pager.You may already know that Mind are launching a major inquiry into crisis care, including inpatient care. There is certainly an issue about whether yet more research into inpatient care is sensible or helpful given the work of City University, the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health etc. But my main concern is that there might be many more people energised to respond because of poor experiences compared to those who have more positive views. Mind are interested in hearing  from:

anyone with an interest in acute and crisis care – service users, mental health professionals, NHS managers, voluntary organisations, advocates, carers, commissioners, researchers and anyone else with knowledge and ideas to share.

Please please fill in the survey so that the extraordinarily therapeutic, creative work that’s happening on wards is represented.


Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the newsletter, and indeed to Star Wards over the last few months.







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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. Thank you for all you do.