Invitation From CHAD To The Mental Health Lunchtime Seminar – 8th February 2017

Wednesday February 8th

12:30 till 14:00

The Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford, ST16  2LH


The seminar will focus on Mental Health – with two presentations, ‘Suicide and Bipolar’ and ‘Books, meaning and hope’.


‘Suicide and Bipolar’, Dr Rob Dempsey, Staffordshire University

The first speaker Dr Rob Dempsey is a Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University and co-director of the Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research. He will give an overview of Suicide and Bipolar. Rob will present his findings from an ongoing series of work investigating the role of psychosocial predictors of suicidality amongst individuals with a bipolar disorder diagnosis, e.g., appraisals of defeat and entrapment.

‘Books, meaning and hope’, Dr. Joy Thorneycroft and Dr. David Dobel-Ober, South Staffordshire Community Mental Health Services

The second topic ‘Books, meaning and hope: use of co-produced groups in South Staffordshire community mental health services’ will be presented by Dr. Joy Thorneycroft and Dr. David Dobel-Ober.

Joy was a service user and former GP, when she came together with other service users and health professionals to help set up and run a book club. The club aimed to support other people whose experience, like hers, had a massive impact on their family and professional life. Joy published an article about her experience, its impact on her own mental health and journey towards recovery. She subsequently joined the research department at SSSFT NHS Healthcare and worked with David on the evaluation of other co-produced groups in the Trust. The presentation will describe the journey and findings from the published evaluation, e.g., improvements in self-esteem, empowerment and purpose, and enabling recovery for service user co-producers.


Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for discussion and to ask questions of the speaker.

This will be an informal session, we will provide tea/coffee – please feel free to bring lunch.

Parking is available at the new Waterfront carpark is now open – post code ST16 2HQ (opposite Asda – there is a charge)

Please book early if you wish to attend by emailing

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