The Mental Health Involvement Project
What is the Mental Health Involvement Project?
- Do you use mental health services in Rhondda Cynon Taf or Merthyr Tydfil?
- Do you care for someone who does?
- Would you like to have a real say in how mental health services are run in your local area?
The Involvement Project is set up to ensure people who use mental health services are meaningfully involved in the way those services are planned, delivered and developed in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. By doing this, we aim to ensure that the voice and experiences of people who use mental health services is heard and acted upon to bring about lasting service improvements.
Rachel Wyatt, the Mental Health Service User Involvement Officer at Interlink, works with people who are involved to deliver the project.
How can I get Involved?
- Sign up for our Free Newsletter: Join our mailing list to receive our free ‘SUN’ Newsletter. This will keep you informed about events, training and opportunities. The newsletter is produced by a volunteer who is always looking for people to contribute to the newsletter by writing an article, feature, or helping with the design or editing. So if you would like to be involved, please get in touch!
- Involvement events and workshops: These are excellent ways to find out about people’s experiences of services, to share examples of good practice and to look at new ways of working together. Events and workshops are also good opportunities to find out about local services and to meet new people. Guest speakers can be invited to give talks on a particular theme or service.
- Share your Story: Writing down or talking about your experiences of mental health, and what has and hasn’t helped you, can be powerful ways of promoting awareness about mental health, improving services and challenging stigma. There are exciting opportunities for people to give talks as part of training sessions to staff. A really good example of how stories can be used in staff development is our INFORM Project, where service user trainers provide mental health awareness training to staff working in GP practices. Click here for further information. We can support you and provide any necessary training.
- Become a Service User Representative: As a service user representative, you can find out what other service users think about mental health services and represent their views on planning meetings with the Health Board, local authority and third sector organisations.
- Help Recruit Mental Health Staff . Come to free training in recruitment skills. You can then join the group of service users and carers who take part on interview panels to choose new mental health nurses, social workers, support workers and other mental health staff.
Why is Service User Involvement Important?
There are lots of reasons why people get involved. Some people see it as an opportunity to influence decision-makers, to highlight areas for change and to help promote best practice. For others, it helps to build confidence, creates a sense of purpose and an opportunity to develop skills and meet new people. Many people also see it as a way of raising awareness about mental health and challenging stigma.
Involvement News and Opportunities
- Involvement Opportunities and Events
- SUN Newsletter
- ‘Have your Say’ Questionnaire
- Care and Treatment Planning Survey
- INFORM Project
- Service User and Carer Representatives
- Related Links
Click on the link to go to the ‘Together for Mental Health in Cwm Taf – Have your Say 2015’ page
How do I get in touch?
For further information, please phone Rachel Wyatt on 01443 846200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org