Ensuring that people detained in hospital get better care: changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice

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Helplines who support people who face being detained due to their mental health, and their carers and families, may find some parts of the new code of interest.  The Code of Practice for the Mental Health Act 1983 is important; it sets out how people, particularly those detained under the… Read More

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Measuring digital intelligence - what this means for how we communicate

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Different generations have differing communication needs which helplines should take into account when thinking about the services they provide. Taking Ofcom’s recent tech savvy test to give me my ‘Digital Quotient’ was an interesting experience, particularly as I was aware that their research had shown that an average 6 year… Read More

How long should helplines keep data?

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The question of how long to keep records on your callers is complex, and can be influenced by a number of factors. A number of helplines have been in touch asking how long they should keep the records that they make when a caller contacts them; and in some cases… Read More

How do callers want to communicate?

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The gap is closing between mobile and fixed phone lines as people’s most essential means of communication. Recent research from Ofcom explored which communication services people consider essential in their everyday life. For helplines, this information can be really useful when planning new services and ensuring that these services meet… Read More

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Preparing to celebrate 25 years of Helplines Partnership

Paula Ojok

We have come a long way. So let me begin with a brief recount of our story, so far. In 1989 The Helplines Association, our ancestor organisation was formed. They merged with Mental Health Partnership in September 2012 to form Helplines Partnership (HLP). HLP is today the largest umbrella body… Read More

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