The Influence and Participation Toolkit was developed by Mind, but it is recognised as a valuable resource for anyone whose organisation or workplace wants to engage with people with mental health problems in a meaningful way.
It is available publicly and anyone can use it. Its aim is to enable you to meaningfully involve people with lived experience in the development of your work and organisation. We encourage you to use the templates and tools included in this toolkit as well as creating your own to support your work.
"It's very easy for an organisation to give you many opportunities but it's not easy for an organisation to support you through those opportunities and see you out the other side."
Opportunities could be in a wide variety of forms such as service / organisational development and delivery, in the creation of new resources and publications, or in shaping mental health policies and campaigns. You will see examples of a variety of methods throughout the toolkit and in the case studies provided.
The Toolkit will help you to understand why and how the active participation of people with mental health problems can have a positive impact on your work, as well as on the people we support.
The Toolkit will provide you with a set of practical ‘tools’ to support you and those who take part. The tools have been developed to help everyone involved to work with each other in the most appropriate, meaningful and mutually beneficial ways.