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The involvement of people with lived experience of mental health has a huge impact both for our organisation, and people that use our services

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The involvement of people with lived experience of mental health conditions has a huge impact both for our organisation, and for the people that use our services. For us, it helps us to improve and ensure we’re always offering the best support to people who use our services. For service users, it helps to build skills, improve self-esteem and improve satisfaction with services.

Below you’ll find examples of the ways that your involvement at Oxfordshire Mind is making an impact, as well as stories that some of our Experts by Experience have shared about their mental health lived experience.

Sharon’s Story

As part of our Moving for Wellbeing focus at the beginning of 2022, Oxfordshire Mind Service User Sharon shares her journey to feeling more confident to get out and about through the support of our Walking for Wellbeing Group in this lovely look through the seasons. Our Walking for Wellbeing Group is one of the…

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Co-production week

This Co-production week, we recognise the importance of working in partnership with the people who use our services. Thank you to everyone sharing your lived experience expertise to help us continually improve our services, fight stigma, and support people across Oxfordshire. As we move forward, we pledge to keep building on our Service User Involvement…

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My Journey with Bipolar

An Oxfordshire Mind Expert by Experience blogs about her Bipolar disorder.Trigger warning, contains discussion of suicidal feelings. Mental health crisis support. Looking back, I had my first depressive episode around the age of 16 when I tried to unsuccessfully act on suicidal feelings. At the time I had no words to describe my moods and I…

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Molly’s Story

An Oxfordshire Mind Expert by Experience, Molly, blogs about her Bipolar disorder and how she copes with it. I am living with Bipolar. I’d been struggling with anxiety and depression for a few years, but there always seemed to be more to it, something more than ‘low mood’. So when I was finally diagnosed 5 years…

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Mental Health Act

In January, the Government released a White Paper in response to the 2018 review of the Mental Health Act 1983, setting out its recommendations for changes to the Mental Health Act. Today, one of our Experts by Experience Lyndsay shares their experience of the Mental Health Act and how they feel changes to this legislation could impact…

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Mental Health Act

In January, the Government released a White Paper in response to the 2018 review of the Mental Health Act 1983, setting out its recommendations for changes to the Mental Health Act. Today, one of our Experts by Experience Molly shares their experience of the Mental Health Act and how they feel changes to this legislation…

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Co-production week

This Co-production week we are reflecting on the expertise that service users, carers, volunteers and peer supporters bring to our work at Oxfordshire Mind, and on our goal as an organisation to work in equal partnership with the people who use our services. In a changing and uncertain world, co-production is more important than ever…

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Primary Care Involvement

Your voice matters. Help shape the future of our service in GP practices! At Oxfordshire Mind, we value the experiences and views of those who use our services or may do in the future. You are invited to join the steering group which will influence the development of our service in GP practices. WHEN: Wednesday…

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Survey on Services

How would you like to give your feedback about Oxfordshire Mind Services? As part of the Service User Involvement Strategy Implementation at Oxfordshire Mind, we are looking to improve the way we respond to feedback who have used our services. If you have previously used or currently use Oxfordshire Mind services we would value any…

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Community Involvement Event

On the 26th September The Oxford Safe Haven led a Community Involvement Event to share development plans and gather feedback from service users, carers and professionals. The Oxford Safe Haven is an alternative to hospital emergency departments for people experiencing a crisis with their mental health. The service is run by the Oxfordshire Mental Health…

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