Monday, 14 May, 7pm - 9pm

Changes and opportunities in Mental Health

The United Church, Dorchester – The Cafe (ground floor)
49 / 51 Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE

Getting to the Dorchester venue

7pm Doors open Hosted by Diane Waters and Trish Crawford
Refreshments Coffee/Tea/Squash & biscuits available throughout the evening.
Pause for Thought
Autistic people are individuals. We are not all maths geniuses, we don’t all like trains. I am hopeless with technology and much prefer painting. There is no ‘typical Autistic.’ But I think we probably all like being respected and validated.

Jeanette Purkis

Jeanette Purkis is an Australian author who has published several books on autism. Jeanette’s website

7.25pm DAAS updates

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7.30pm Main Event

Changes and opportunities in Mental Health We are very pleased to welcome Steve Jones - CMHT Service Manager, South & East Dorset to tell us about some important and welcome changes to mental health services and how they will affect us in West Dorset.

Mental health issues (anxiety, stress, depression, OCD etc) are commonly found alongside autistic spectrum conditions and can also affect carers, either from their own perspective or from concern about their family members.

Steve will be talking about the recent Acute Care Pathway Review and discussing some of the developments to services in Dorset in 2018 and beyond. This includes potential opportunities for those on the spectrum.

Steve manages 6 teams, based in Christchurch, Wimborne and Wareham who provide secondary mental health services to adults and has been in this post since 2014, having previously worked in Hampshire. Steve is a qualified Social Worker and has worked in MH services since 2000. He mixes operational and strategic roles so works on the development of services as well as on day to day matters, such as responding to complaints and monitoring quality issues.

Steve's session will last for about 30 minutes, including questions and there will be time for further discussion if needed.

The future direction of the DAAS West group Many thanks to everyone who came along and gave us your thoughts in April. Diane will give an update on changes to the DAAS group as a whole. There will be time to continue the discussion.

And Finally ..... Time to network, chat, seek advice or help, bring news to the group etc.
End of meeting Grateful thanks for helping us ready the Café for the following morning :)
First Visit? DAAS West is a small and welcoming group. You can just listen; observe; join in & take part; get up and move about; come and go at your leisure; whichever feels comfortable for you. You are kindly asked to sign the register as per compliance with Fire regulations.
Can I Attend? DAAS & DAAS West meetings are open to those on the spectrum both diagnosed and undiagnosed plus carers, friends & family.