This issue features two articles that talk about counselling and psychotherapy. Pete Fleischmann, the subject of our regular Profile, identifies psychotherapy as one of the main ways in which he has come to understand and manage his feelings and live his life in the best way possible. The author of 'Changing My Mind' questions the practice of counselling organisations before concluding that the experience of therapy was ultimately helpful. As well as the articles, It Snipped My Heart provides another illustration of an aspect of the therapeutic relationship that might otherwise escape our notice.
Locally, there’s the news that the Sheffield Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service (IAPT) now offers specific support and treatment to people living with long-term physical health conditions who also experience common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety; Sheffield Flourish invites feedback on the new Sheffield Mental Health Guide launched in January; and Ben’s Centre celebrates 21 years of supporting vulnerable and marginalised individuals in the city.
Nationally, we include details of research on the experience of service user participation undertaken by Shaping Our Lives; provide a link to national Mind's newly launched Influence and Participation Toolkit; and highlight new resources developed by SCIE for LGBT disabled people.
Sadly, the issue after this one will be the last Your Voice as the organisation no longer has the funds to continue. We’d like to invite groups and individuals to share your thoughts about the mental health environment over the past two decades - what has changed? What’s remained the same? What are your hopes for the future?