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Mental Health Conversations: Debt and Benefits

As Bristol prepares for the roll out of Universal Credit in 2018, Community Access Support Service (CASS) and Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN), Bristol City Council Public Health and the Clinical Commissioning Group invite workers, group leaders and service users to join the city’s second mental health conversation, this time about debt and benefits.

In this period of growing austerity, mental health and finance often impact each other; issues with either one can cause people to spiral into crisis.
With service users already affected by welfare reform and Universal Credit on the horizon, how do advice and mental health workers join together and ensure clients have a safety net in place?

Join us to:
– Make connections between the mental health and advice sectors
– Identify issues relevant to both mental health work and advice work
– Work together to identify solutions

Rather than being a Universal Credit update or a chance for individuals to discuss their benefit entitlement, this event will provide a rare opportunity for interested parties to come together with a view to improving the services provided to Bristol’s communities.

The event will include information stalls, networking opportunities, discussion groups and speakers, with outcomes feeding into the Thrive Bristol program.
Speakers will present a national perspective on welfare reform and mental health, a local Bristol-focused view, an advice sector view and most importantly a lived experience of mental health perspective.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
• 10:00 – 10:30 Registration, Networking & Stalls
• 10:30 – 1:00 Speakers, Plenary & Workshop
• 1:00 – 1:45 Lunch & Stalls
• 1:45 – 3:30 Workshop & Closing Plenary
• 3:30 – 4:00 Stalls & Networking

Please book your place via eventbrite