Influencing & Campaigning
Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter
What the Charter means to you and your supporters
If you need to use services for your mental health and live in B&NES, the Charter is something you and your family and loved ones should know about.
The aim of the Charter is to improve the lives and wellbeing of people experiencing mental health challenges. Our aspiration is that B&NES will be a community where mental health is seen as everybody’s concern and people should not feel alone or isolated. People with mental health issues are respected and viewed as equal citizens and any stigma and discrimination about mental health is challenged
People are supported to have greater awareness and insight into their wellbeing, ultimately enhancing their quality of life and chosen lifestyles. Any mental health issues may be a component of their lives, but do not define it.
How do I know that people and organisations are following the Charter?
The Charter is supported by B&NES Mental Health Commissioners, Virgin Care, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP B&NES), B&NES Council, B&NES Health and Wellbeing Board and local Charitable organisations.
Caroline Mellers – Biography
The idea of the Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Charter was introduced, co-created and led by Caroline.
Caroline has had her own mental health challenges, having used crisis and inpatient services. She worked for the District Health Board in Auckland, New Zealand for 2.5 years as an evaluator with lived experience. Since 2014 she has worked collaboratively with multiple agencies in B&NES and neighbouring areas to raise awareness of the needs of people accessing mental health services.
The sole aim of her work is to help bring positive changes to the lives of people experiencing mental health challenges by working at a strategic level with the people and organisations who can make a difference.