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About PSI-Volition

PSI-Volition was formed in November 2017 through the merger of Volition (the mental health forum) and the Physical and Sensory Impairment (PSI) Network.

Through PSI-Volition we promote good mental health for all people in Leeds. We work to ensure that the health and care third sector is involved in strategic planning and development of mental health services.



There are over 130 PSI-Volition member organisations with a focus on supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Our member organisations support people through a variety of different ways, including:

● Peer support
● Counselling
● Psychological therapies
● Healthy living
● One-to-one support
● Group wellbeing activities
● Self-management courses
● Specialist supported housing
● Mental health specialist services
● Advocacy
● Carer support
● Arts and wellbeing
● Dementia services
● Employment support
● Homelessness support
● Anti-stigma work
● Information and advice, working with many of the communities with the greatest inequalities and those who are most at risk of poor mental health.

Our members are at the heart of what we do, and we aim to ensure that organisations both large and small can influence decisions about mental health across Leeds and the region, as well as nationally.

To find out more about our members please search the Forum Central members directory or download the list of PSI-Volition members (pdf, 212KB, updated July 2018).

For more information on joining please contact us.

What we do

  • Encourage partnership working between agencies and across sectors, providing information to third sector organisations to support them in delivering high quality services.
  • Ensure that the third sector is an integral part of the strategic planning and development of mental health services in Leeds.
  • Maintain working relationships with mental health commissioners and statutory partners across the city, working together to continuously improve the services Leeds provides to support people’s mental health.

You can find out about which of our member organisations deliver mental health services by browsing our member directory.

Mental Health news and events

Leeds Recovery College launches its first prospectus

16th September 2019|Health & Care, Mental Health|

The Recovery College take an educational approach to improving mental health and offer information based workshops and training courses that focus on living mentally and physically well. This is the first prospectus for the Leeds Recovery College and they’re pleased [...]


Our members and the Forum Central team play an active part in the key strategic mental health and wellbeing groups and boards in Leeds.

Mental Health Partnership Board

The Mental Health Partnership Board (MHPB) is made up of commissioners from health and social care, people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, and providers from statutory, third sector and public health services, and is the strategic board for mental health in Leeds. It is responsible for driving the mental health agenda across the city forward, as well as oversight for service development.

The Board is chaired by:

  • Sue Robins, Director of Commissioning, Leeds CCG and
  • Caroline Baria, Deputy Director of Integrated Commissioning at Adults and Health, Leeds City Council

The third sector representatives are:

  • Tessa Denham, Director of Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service and PSI-Volition Trust
  • Lucy Graham, Director of PSI-Volition

Leeds Mental Health Framework

To make the Mental Health Framework 2014-2017 a reality, Leeds identified four priorities that would make the biggest difference:

  1. Better and more joined up crisis services
  2. An increased focus on mental health support in the community, so as few people as possible would need secondary mental health services
  3. Better information for all to prevent poor mental health and help when people are feeling unwell
  4. Improving the mental health of children and young people.

PSI-Volition and its members have worked with other partners to drive this work forward. We are also working as part of a core group of Mental Health Partnership Board members to update and refresh the Mental Health Framework , to create a new mental health strategy for the city in the early 2019. Keep an eye on the website and our e-bulletin for updates about this.

MindWell Steering Group

MindWell is the mental health website for everyone in Leeds. It was launched in October 2016 to provide a new and innovative way of supporting people in Leeds. The aim is for everyone to get the information they need about mental health. This includes what to do when you are unwell, how to support someone else you are concerned about, and lots of information and resources about having good mental health.

PSI-Volition and the third sector continue to play a key part in Mindwell’s development. The MindWell Content Manager is co-located at Forum Central’s offices.

Third sector representatives:

  • Helen Kemp, CEO Leeds Mind and PSI-Volition trustee

Strategic Suicide Prevention Steering Group

This group brings together third sector, statutory sector and other key partners in the city to oversee the delivery of a coordinated multi-agency response to reduce the number of people who die by suicide. The group also champions support for those bereaved by suicide and the prevention of poor mental health.

  • Chair: Victoria Eaton, Consultant in Public Health, Leeds City Council

Third sector representatives:

  • Fiona Venner, CEO Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service and PSI-Volition Trustee
  • Lucy Graham, Director of PSI-Volition

Mindful Employer Steering Group

Developed by employers, for employers, Mindful Employer® is a national initiative which promotes positive practice around mental health in the workplace. Mindful Employer in Leeds is funded by Leeds City Council Public Health and delivered by Leeds Mind.

The Mindful Employer Leeds service offers support and guidance to employers around mental health in the workplace, encouraging best practice and the reduction of mental ill-health at work. Employers can also join the Mindful Employer network, which meets regularly to share good ideas, tips and support.

The Steering Group consists of cross-sector representatives, and meets quarterly to drive the initiative forward in Leeds.

Third Sector representatives:

  • Helen Kemp, CEO Leeds Mind and PSI-Volition trustee
  • Lucy Graham, Director of PSI-Volition

Information & Resources

  • Leeds Mental Health Framework (pdf)

    2014-2017 strategy for mental health services in Leeds. Developed by partners in Leeds, including PSI-Volition members and people with lived experience.

  • Leeds in Mind 2017 (pdf)

    The Leeds in Mind 2017 –  Mental Health Needs Assessment report assesses the mental health needs of the adult Leeds population, identifies where gaps in provision exist and makes recommendations to address inequity in access to healthcare and unequal health outcomes.

  • Leeds Suicide Audit

    The Leeds Suicide Audit is nationally recognised as best practice and is recommended by Public Health England. Details are available from the Leeds City Council website.

  • Suicide Prevention Working Action Plan [2017-2020] (pdf)

    Suicide prevention action plan for Leeds setting out the direction and priorities for suicide prevention work in Leeds until 2020.

Mental Health – Strategic Information

We hold regular mental health information and strategy sessions open to everyone with an interest in the mental health third sector. These meetings are an opportunity to network, get the latest strategic updates and hear from guest speakers.

You can find the notes from the last session here:

Notes from Mental Health Info and Strategy Session 6 March 2019

Mental Health Information and Strategy Session Presentation 6 March 2019

Forum Central Mental Health Strategy feedback: Table Discussions 6 March 2019

Dates for 2019

Thursday 26 September,  10.00am-12 noon

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Contact Us

Lucy Graham

Lucy is the PSI-Volition Director

Lucy brings a variety of experience to the role of Director, having worked and volunteered in numerous third sector organisations big and small, both locally and in her native Northern Ireland.

Most recently, she lead a team in a start-up social enterprise, focusing on providing sustainable employment for people with mental health difficulties.

With a degree in Law and MSc in Psychology, Lucy feels strongly about human rights, equality and inclusion, and is passionate about better mental health for all.

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys exploring Leeds’ diverse culinary offerings – as with many adopted Yorkshire folk, she has a particular soft spot for a good pie!

Jackie Simpson

Jackie is the Administration Officer for PSI-Volition and Tenfold

In addition to providing administrative support and day to day office management Jackie is also the first point of contact for Forum Central for anyone phoning or emailing the office.

She has worked in administrative roles and busy office environments for a number different third sector organisations and brings to Forum Central her organisational skills and experience of of managing office systems and developing and implementing administrative processes.

Jackie is friendly and approachable and has pursued a career in the 3rd sector in order to work with organisations that make a difference to people’s lives.