Brazilian study visit to Wythenshawe Mill Brook hospital

A delegation of psychologists, students and mental health workers from Brazil has visited Alternative Future Group’s (AFG) Mill Brook hospital in Wythenshawe to learn about mental health practice in the UK, and to share their learning from practice in Brazil.

The visitors talked with staff and service users about the way Mill Brook supports people in their recovery journeys and to find out more about AFG.

Part of a comprehensive study visit of services in Manchester, the International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN) has coordinated the study tour.

The Secretary of IMHCN Paul Baker explained: “I’ve worked in Brazil for the last four years – introducing the hearing voices approach and recovery-informed practice with a Brazilian NGO New Approaches to Mental Health. I’ve co-organised this visit with IMHCN to provide an opportunity for  Mental Health Workers to undertake a study visit of mental health services and organisations in the Manchester area.”

Whilst in Manchester they will also visit a wide range of services and organisations including 42nd Street Young Peoples Project, Blu-Sci WellBeing Centre, Curve Recovery Academy, Hearing Voices Group, Inspiring Change Homelessness Project, Just Psychology CIC, Moss Side, Manchester Regional Secure Unit and The Sanctuary.

Paul added: “The purpose of the visit is to give our Brazilian guests an understanding of the organisation of mental health services in Manchester, and to provide a sense of the diversity of perspectives and approaches that are being used to meet the needs of different client groups. They will also be meeting with individuals and organisations that are challenging mainstream practice such as the Hearing Voices Group in Manchester.”

Mill Brook Manager and host Elaine Denby added: “We and our guests from Brazil found it a very enjoyable and informative afternoon.”

AFG’s Head of Professional Leadership and Quality Cory Isham, who facilitated the visit, said: “It was excellent to meet with our Brazilian guests to explore the differences between our mental health systems and clinical practices. There was a lot of discussion about the Mental Health Act as well as the pathway of services from secure or acute wards through to community services. It’s clear that we share a keen interest in protecting the rights of vulnerable people and strive for the best possible outcomes for people who receive our care and treatment.”

Pictured are; AFG Integrated Pathway Coordinator Stewart Lee (far left), AFG occupational therapist Lauren Watson (far right) , AFG Mill Brook Manager Elaine Denby (second from right), together with our Brazilian visitors and Paul Baker (standing, centre).