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Reflecting on mental health and parenting

Two members of Sandwell’s Mental Health People’s Parliament met on a beautiful sunny day to discuss some of their similarities.

Wheeling through life

Society would sometimes lead people to believe that being in a wheelchair is one of the worst things that can happen to a person.

Leon, MP, Sandwell Mental Health Parliament

Leon Blake is a leading MP in the People’s Parliament.

Rosalind Frampton – A conversation about mental health

On a rather frosty Friday, Melissa Newell, a Mental Health People’s Parliament MP, met James Morris, MP for Halesowen & Rowley Regis, to discuss the future of mental health provision.

Jayne Leeson, Chief Executive Officer – Coproduction hangover and a New Year’s resolution!


Kashmire Hawker – Uni life! My first fabulous 6 weeks!

We have known Kashmire for several years, since 2008 in fact – he’s a valued member of the COL team and an inspirational young leader.