Next Open Forum

2.30pm Tuesday 2nd July 2024

Hear Us Mental Health Open Forum enables service users to have a constructive voice in the commissioning and design of services


Tuesday 2nd July 2.30pm

Topic: Mental Health and Being Active

Guests: Active Minds & Studio Upstairs

This month we are looking at how being active can positively impact mental health. We will be joined by Active Minds and Studio Upstairs to tell us about different groups and activities you can join.

Active Minds aims to improve peoples physical and mental health. They help people to make healthy lifestyle changes. Active Minds runs a range of different groups including Yoga, Table Tennis, Zumba, Badminton and a walking group. All of their groups are FREE to attend, you don’t have to pre-book once you’re registered and there’s no pressure to attend every week.

Studio Upstairs run art studios and creative community hubs for people with mental health difficulties. They aim to improve your well-being and health. They will recharge your creativity and help you achieve your own goals. They will speak to us about their different projects including The Create Belong Thrive project. The Create Belong Thrive project is for people who are interested in using art and creativity for positive mental health. The group is for Croydon Central West residents aged 55+ and is free.

Voice of Change

We now have a new segment on the Open Forum. Hear Us’ new Campaigns Project segment, Voice of Change, is a platform dedicated to the voices of service users and community members of Croydon. This segment is a chance to:

  • Voice questions to SLaM staff, commissioners, or councillors.
  • Highlight issues you have heard about or experienced in mental health services.
  • Recommend campaigns for Hear Us to collaborate on with other organizations.
  • Advocate for the change you want to see.
  • Learn about how to contribute to the campaigns project.

In line with the Hear Us ethos, our number one priority for campaigning is co-production with people who have lived experience of using and needing mental health services in Croydon. That is why we are urging all members of Hear Us to attend the Open Forum and share your perspective and insights during Voice of Change, because it is your voices that inspire change. No Campaign, No Gain!

Agenda to be Confirmed

The Hear Us Mental Health Open Forum is designed primarily for mental health service users to come together and discuss services that affect them. However, we welcome carers, staff and anyone interested in mental health to join us.

This forum allows us all to meet, ask questions and debate with commissioners and service providers. We invite statutory services like Croydon Council and SLaM (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) as well as voluntary services such as Mind, The BME Forum and APCMH to name but a few.

Amy Kirksmith
Open Forum Coordinator
Hear Us
Orchard House
15a Purley Road
South Croydon
Tel: 020 8681 6888