19 July 2021, South Staffordshire – Mental Health Matters (MHM) have successfully launched a new Mental Health and Peer Support (MAPS) service in South Staffordshire.
Developed in partnership with Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT) and Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS), the service will provide support to individuals with autism who are also struggling with their mental health.
Clients accessing the service will be supported by a Peer Support Worker who can draw on their own experiences to help clients navigate the uncertainty of a diagnosis, create a care plan and access broader services.
Jane Hughes, CEO of MHM, said: “We are excited to launch a support service that is guided by those with lived experience. Working in partnership with MPFT and SAAS allows us to combine our range of expertise to design a service that places clients at the heart of their support”.
Salwa El-Raheb-Booth, Chair of Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society, said: “Expertise by Experience (peer support), is finally acknowledged, and funded. As a Society run by autistics for autistics, SAAS is only too pleased to work with MHM and MPFT in delivering a useful and forward-looking support service for people on the spectrum”.
The service is being commissioned by Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT).
Lisa Agell, Operations Director for Unplanned Care and Mental Health MPFT, added: “It has been fantastic to work in partnership with SAAS to shape these services. Using lived experience and putting the client at the centre of their care plan will make a huge difference to people with autism who are struggling with their mental health”.
Mental Health Matters (MHM) is a third sector organisation providing a wide range of support to people with mental health needs offering a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment. Learn more: www.mhm.org.uk/
Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS) is a charity that aims to use knowledge of those on the autism spectrum to aid and facilitate independent and happy lives by providing support to people on the autism spectrum, and to promote better understanding and acceptance of the autism spectrum disorder.
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Euro 2020: Scotland fans chat in London’s Leicester Square
England and Scotland go head to head in tonight’s European Football Championships. Tipped to be one of the competition’s biggest games, many have recalled the famous Euro 96 match where the Three Lions got the better of the Scots with a 2-0 victory. A lot rests on the shoulders of the Scottish national side: it is their first major tournament in 23 years.
Equally as much weight has been placed on England, who will play to a home crowd at Wembley and hope to replicate their win against Croatia.
Many have noted that the game will not only be confined to sport.
In last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, tensions were at an all-time high after the Scottish National Party‘s (SNP) Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, said: “I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the European Championships kicking off later this week.
“Can I take the opportunity to wish all the best to our country, Scotland, Steve Clarke and the team, and to remind the team it is time for heroes?”
National anthem: A Labour peer suggested striking out a verse of the national anthem (Image: GETTY)
Scotland: The team lost their opener against the Czech Republic (Image: GETTY)
Mr Johnson replied: “Can I by the way Mr Speaker wish all the very best to Scotland, and England, and all the home nations who may be playing in this…,” pointing at Mr Blackford, he added: “I don’t know whether he is going to reciprocate Mr Speaker, but you never know. It’s worth a shot, I thought. Oh, he did. There you go. That’s nice of him.”
Controversy has surrounded English and Scottish sport and politics for years.
In 2007, ex-Attorney General and Labour peer Lord Peter Goldsmith made the suggestion that a verse of the English national anthem be struck out for fear of offending Scots.
The sixth verse of the song urges God to help 17th Century commander Marshal Wade “crush” the “rebellious Scots”.