Call out – For people with Lived Experience of Mental Health Services

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Call out – for people with lived experience of Mental Health Services to attend a creative workshop – Putting people’s voices at the heart of discussions around health inequalities.

On Wednesday 23 October an event is being held to bring together service users and carers, strategic partners, policy makers and commissioners to create a space for open dialogue.

The discussions between attendees will be focused on how as a city we can begin to address the inequalities in mental health which people from Black and other minority ethnic communities experience.  Third sector representatives will be attending, alongside representatives from statutory partner organisations.

The event is the first in a series, being led by The Synergi Collaborative Centre based on the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy commitment to improving the health of people who experience the greatest health inequalities.

The Leeds Mental Health Needs Assessment (Leeds in Mind, 2017) highlighted how people from BAME backgrounds experience unequal access to mental health support and have poorer experiences and outcomes.

This inequality is strikingly shown in the over-representation of people from BAME backgrounds admitted to statutory mental health services when in crisis.  These inequalities persist across the UK, despite significant work in Leeds and other cities to address them.

All partners involved are clear that the success of any approach to trying to address these issues must have the voices and experiences of people with lived experience and carers at its heart, so we are asking Forum Central members to please download, share and promote the flyer, and encourage and support people your organisations work with to come to this event,

Particularly if they:

  • are someone who has recently (within the last 3 years) used mental health services – especially if they were admitted when experiencing a crisis
  • a carer for someone who has recently (within the last 3 years) used mental health services
  • identify as someone from a Black or minority ethnic community

Any service users, carers or their supporters can contact Heather at LIP to find out more about attending:

0113 237 4508 or heather.deal@leedsinvolvement.org.uk

Accessibility requirements and travel costs will be met.

We’ll keep members updated on this work, and opportunities to influence through Forum Central.

In the meantime, if you have any other comments or questions about this event and the ongoing work, please contact:

Sarah.erskine@leeds.gov.uk or Sharon.prince@nhs.net

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2019-09-27T11:49:35+00:00 23rd September 2019|0 Comments

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Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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