11th December: The Mental Health team

The Mental Health team provides library services to staff and students at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in Brighton, Hove and Haywards Heath.

Amanda Lackey manages the team and represents the LKS at the Effective Care and Treatment Committee.

Amy Dunn is our Mental Health Specialist Librarian and attends the Clinical Academic Groups. She works directly with Partnership staff, tracing evidence for treatment and service development and teaching how to find and information. You can contact Amy at amy.dunn@nhs.net

A full enquiry and document supply service is provided by Don Lickley and Christine Webster, our Senior Library Assistants at spnt.library-services@nhs.net

Amy, Don and Chris staff the library in the Sussex Education Centre at Mill View Hospital in Hove, which houses our mental health collection of books and provides access to computers and study space. Chris also works at our Princess Royal Hospital Library, where Amanda is usually based. Visit the special Library & Knowledge Service website for mental health staff.

We asked the team what special traditions they enjoy at Christmas time, and this is what they told us:

“I love a good murder mystery or ghost story on the TV on Christmas Eve drinking a Snowball and eating chocolates. On Christmas Day we keep what we call a Tree Present to have something special to open later on in the day.” Chris

“I was brought up a strict atheist and was never allowed an advent calendar when I was growing up, so I was pleased when the street I live in now decided we’d have a go at being a living advent calendar! This year we’re having to do without the usual nightly get-together to drink mulled wine and eat mince pies with all of our neighbours, but it still looks lovely when each evening a new window is unveiled.” Amy

‘I’m in an Anglo-Scottish/Polish household, so we get to celebrate properly three times – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, and all with a choice of whisky and vodka. We also have some wicker Yule goats to augment the standard decorations, and will be scaring ourselves silly with a range of ghost stories from either end of northern Europe.’ Don

“Champagne at midnight on Christmas Eve; it’s the perfect way to greet Christmas Day!”  Amanda