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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

MindWell Launches Vital New Crisis Resource for World Mental Health Day

7th October 2019|Health & Care, Mental Health|

Mental health website, MindWell, has teamed up with Healthwatch Leeds to create an important new resource which will make it easier for people in crisis to find the right help. HealthWatch Leeds’ report into mental health crisis services, published in [...]

PSI-Volition and Tenfold Merger Update

17th September 2019|Health & Care, Learning Disability, Mental Health, PSI|

We’re pleased to provide an update on the proposed merger between PSI-Volition and Tenfold, read on for further info… Forum Central, the voice of the health and care third sector in Leeds, has been delivered to date by the partnership [...]


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

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:

Leeds  Mental Health  Strategy Engagement Slides 26 September 2019

Mental Health in Leeds Diagram 26 September 2019

Leeds Mental Health Strategy Engagement Handout 26 September 2019

Dates for 2019

Thursday 12 December,  2:00 – 4:00pm at The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, Leeds LS9 6NL

For information contact us at

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.

Contact Us

Karen Fenton

Karen is the Development Worker for the Physical and Sensory Impairment and Mental Health Network.

Karen joined Forum Central in August 2019. She has a wide range of experience working in both statutory and third sector health organisations across the city for over 10 years in roles relating to involvement, community engagement, social marketing and membership within mental health, learning disability and cancer services.

Karens formal qualifications include a degree in Marketing and Events and an Msc in Health and Social Care Management. Many moons ago Karen also ran a successful children’s party business and still enjoys a good Hokey Cokey.

Leeds born and bred, having moved around and settled back home, she is very passionate about the city, the people who live here and is enthusiastic to be part of the Forum Central team, playing a small part in contributing to addressing health inequalities and increasing wellbeing for all.

When not at work Karen enjoys spending as much time as possible outside exploring with her nearest and dearest.