Engagement in mental health services

Event date: 2 November 2021

Event time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

This webinar shared examples from 3 organisations of engagement in mental health services. National mental health service See Me shared mental health inclusion resources, while NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS Dumfries & Galloway described engagement carried out by their Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

An introduction to participation in CAMHS

Rachel McKechnie - CAMHS Participation Officer, NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Through efforts being made to implement the Scottish Government's CAMHS Service Specification, the CAMHS team in NHS Ayrshire & Arran developed the role of Participation Officer. The specification focuses on involving young people and their families in all service developments and how we publish information and communicate with these groups. Rachel talked about her role and the engagement work she had conducted so far.

Mental health inclusion resources for healthcare

Tom Scott - Improvement Advisor, See Me

To complement the strategic work of See Me in tackling mental health stigma and discrimination through engagement with leadership, communications, and policy in health and social care, See Me has developed a suite of practical mental health inclusion resources. Both healthcare professionals experience and people with lived experience of mental health were involved in planning and disseminating the resources.

Young people's participation during a pandemic

Alison Telfer - CAMHS Participation Lead, NHS Dumfries & Galloway

(CAMHS) Young People's Participation Group is a small group of young people who are 'experts by experience' and are currently accessing services or have in the past within Dumfries and Galloway. The young people are all passionate and interested in using creative arts to express themselves and tackle mental health stigma and raise awareness. This project focused on both self and public stigma, and group members shared their ideas, advice and experiences of mental health through a short animation and a booklet aimed at other children and young people.

Last Updated: 5 November 2021