Sunderland Mental Health User Voice Service
Post address: 1D North Sands Business Centre, Sunderland SR6 0QA
Call us on 07810 657292
Do you want to influence the development of mental health services? Are the services you use meeting your needs? Have you got any suggestions or ideas you think may help? Sunderland Mental Health User Voice Service can help you with all of these things. You may want to attend meetings that help to change the way mental health service users are treated, or challenge the way a service is run. Alternatively, you may simply want to find out more information on the things that directly affect you, or meet up with other members. MHM’s Sunderland Mental Health User Voice Service exists to promote people’s involvement with mental health services in the Sunderland area, as well as overall positive wellbeing.
We aim to make a difference by:
- Asking Service Users what they think of their treatment and care to try to improve the services they receive
- Challenging prejudice and stigma, reducing isolation and enabling service users to feel increased confidence
- Helping Service users be a part of groups and attend meetings that have an impact on decisions that directly affect the future of Mental Health Services
- Offering Service Users opportunities to be involved in the recruitment and selection of mental health staff
- Enabling Service Users to work together to make their collective voice heard by both professionals and politicians
- Consulting on local, regional and national strategy, policy and provision of Mental Health Services.
We regularly hold informal outreach groups and meetings at places such as Sunderland Mind, Washington Mind, Headlight and Sunderland Recovery College. Some of the activities that have happened at recent outreach sessions include: an awareness raising session on benefits at Sunderland recovery College, with a presentation by a Welfare Rights Advisor for Disability North; at a session at Washington Mind service users gave feedback on a poster promoting family therapy.
You can download a timetable of planned sessions and meetings by clicking this link: Sunderland Mental Health User Voice Session Timetable (September 2017 – March 2018)
Click the links below to read about how MHM’s User Voice services have helped people:
- Ms Y contacted the Sunderland Mental Health User Voice development worker after hearing about a consultation event