The Meriden Programme's 10th Birthday, Solihull and Birmingham

PUBLISHED: 22:23 07 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:50 20 February 2013

Heather Monahan & Mark O'Connor

Heather Monahan & Mark O'Connor

A West Midlands programme aimed at training mental health staff celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Thursday, 16th October.

A West Midlands programme aimed at training mental health staff celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Thursday, 16th October.

A masterclass event with leading experts in the field, and an evening awards celebration took place in Solihull and was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull.

The Meriden Programme, which is part of Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, was launched by Dr Grinne Fadden in 1998 to train NHS staff providing mental health services in the skills needed to work with families of those with mental health difficulties. In the last 10 years the Meriden Programme has trained over 3000 therapists from statutory & voluntary organisations to provide services for families of those with mental health problems.

During the evening, awards were presented to workers that had been nominated by carers in recognition of the work that they carried out with families. There were nominations for South Warwickshire with individual awards going to Susan Croasdell & Ranjit Kaur nominated by a service user and who had benefited from the work. They also won the special regional award, the judges were impressed that the intervention included the whole family including the children. Also that this particular intervention with an Asian family has given, other Asian families in the area who felt they had little support the opportunity to discuss stigma & religious issues. Also at the same time the families have been able to uphold their value systems and culture through Behavioural Family Therapy

Other comments made by families was: 'The support we received through the Meriden Programme gave us our lives back' said one carer who had benefited. There were messages also sent internationally from Canada and Australia congratulating the Programme on its inspirational work.

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