Join the Conversation About Mental Health Services in Somerset: Event Summary

11
Mar
2020
Join the Conversation About Mental Health Services in Somerset: Event Summary

We recently hosted a special forum which brought together people with lived experience of mental health, to share their experiences of mental health services in Somerset.

75 people attended, who were a mix of individuals and representative from voluntary and private sector mental health service providers.

Attendees took part in group discussions on mental health, and explored topics such as men's mental health, language and terminology, what support is needed, and how employers can better support mental health.

We were also joined by speakers from Recovery College for Somerset, Rethink and the Somerset Wellbeing and Learning Community.

Participants were engaged, willing to contribute, and sensitive to the other attendees. Cohesion between service users and providers gave the sense of a ‘level playing field’, with plenty of opportunity to listen and learn. Feedback from the event was positive, and there was support for making it a regular occurrence.

The event was managed and facilitated by Somerset Mental Health Hub Member, Hazel Barron. You can read Hazel’s summary of the event here.

Here's what some of the attendees had to say:

“Everything went really well, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it made me feel comfortable and accepted. I think it was useful to get connected to people and discuss problems and solutions with people who understand.”

“Really positive event. True co-production in action. More of the same please.”

“I was very impressed at the enthusiasm of those contributing, especially by those who have experienced mental health issues.”

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