HeadsUp - The Mental Health Network

1 June 2016 to 1 June 2019

Acton, Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell, Northolt, Perivale, Southall

The HeadsUp project is Mind’s mental health network for service user involvement and coproduction. We believe that those who have accessed mental health services are experts by experience, and should be able to have a say on how mental health services are developed and delivered. We provide a platform on which people can share their experiences, have their voice heard and influence mental health services in Ealing. We aim to do this through forums, focus groups, campaigns, and ensuring that service users are involved in the service development processes.

The HeadsUp Network has been live in Ealing since June 2016. We visited many services in the area, met with those who access these services, as well as West London Mental Health Trust Staff. We are always looking to expand our network and our membership has grown substantially. But we want this growth to continue!

We run inpatient forums at St Benard's Hospital, so that patients voices can be heard by management. We also run monthly forums in the community - the Secondary Care Mental Health Forum and the Primary Care Mental Health Forum.

Forums are groups where a safe space is available for participants to share their experience. Participants enjoy learning more from each other stories and from our guest speakers. People have also fed back feeling less isolated and a boost in confidence!

There are also many other opportunities. The committee is  a group of mental health champions, with lived experience of mental health problems, who  meet once a month to discuss, plan and share ideas on how to improve mental health services and which activities to engage with to do this. Other members of the Network have attended panel interviews for mental health professionals, others regularly attend meetings within the West London Mental Heath Trust. Some of these involvement activities are paid too!

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