Partnerships – making progress through gentle perseverance
V – So, where are you with the mental health work?
A – not much to report. Just a couple of small things. I was re-reading some previous blogs and there is progress on some issues I mentioned before.
V – which are?
A – I said last time that I thought we were approaching the objective of a digital community resource directory too narrowly. A council list of community organisations is being revised so that’s being tweaked to include a particular mental health focus. But I thought we should consider other functionality, such as more general advice, and maybe broadening it out to health and wellbeing more generally.
V – and?
A – I and others made those points at the meeting, and I was asked to lead a little sub-group working on it.
V – And making progress through sub-groups was something else you thought would be helpful.
A – Indeed.
V – Anything else?
A – Well in the digital resource discussion, and also talking about how to take forward the peer support proposals, I said at the meeting that this had been addressed in the report that had gone to the January Health and Wellbeing Board.
V – The one you wrote and that you thought was going to be largely ignored?
A – Yes. But the chair suggested it be re-circulated to everyone, so it may get a bit of attention after all.
M – So haven’t you done well., You’ve managed to drag the poor benighted committee closer to your supreme omniscience.
A – I’m not saying that at all. There’s lots more knowledge and experience in the room than I have. I suppose I was just saying that the problems I’d noted aren’t necessarily systemic and it’s worth continuing to gently press on issues rather than give up.
V – Not earth shattering advice, but perhaps a helpful reminder. Thanks for the update.