To make best use of our strengths, maximise the opportunities and meet our challenges, the Mental Health Collaborative has been created, bringing partners together to ‘improve lives, support recovery and inclusion’, one of the three components in the Mental Health Strategy’s model for change.
With a focus on people and services, the Mental Health Collaborative provides the space and conditions for partners to plan, design and take action to ensure pathways and services are:
- continually improving
- accessible and responsive to people’s needs
- integrated in delivery wherever possible
- diverse in delivery but consistent in culture
- Meeting the needs of people in Leeds
Commissioners and providers of mental health services are joined by people who have used services, or are carers of those who have, or those who potentially could do (so anyone with an interest in improving mental health services in the city). The aim is for public involvement in the collaborative leading to co-production of solutions, with people shaping decisions and holding commissioners and providers to account. This is about building a new relationship with the public around the future of mental health in Leeds.
There is a mental health collaborative working group which meets frequently to discuss the formation of this important new group and identify work plan priorities and next steps. Sarah Wilson, Mental Health Development Worker for Volition currently represents the third sector on this, alongside Battle Scars’ Jenny Groves and Leeds Involving Peoples Joy McMillan who will focus on bringing in the voices of people.
The Collaborative is initially focusing on Priority 6 of the mental health strategy – relating to crisis and follow on from learning and actions identified at the crisis summit in Jan 2020 and insight gathered to create the Healthwatch and Battle Scars Crisis reports in 2019. There is third sector representation in these meetings from Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, Community Links/Inspire North, Touchstone & The Market Place.
There is also a Mental Health Collaborative third sector wider reference group Forum Central set up to involve third sector services who refer into crisis, to ensure their voices are heard. Currently, 30 third sector organisations feed into this group.
Sarah feeds the insights of this group into the core working group, you can see the presentations and compiled notes below:
The collaborative work around crisis has been split into five themes, upcoming meetings are included in bold:
Define – Discovery – Dreaming – Design – Do
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