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About the Influence and Participation toolkit

The Influence and Participation Toolkit was developed by Mind, but it's a valuable resource for any organisation that wants to engage with people with mental health problems in a meaningful way.

Anyone can use it. The aim is to help you involve people with lived experience when developing your work. We encourage you to use the templates and tools in this toolkit, as well as creating your own.

"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."

What kind of lived experience opportunities are there?

Opportunities can take a variety of forms, like:

  • Developing or delivering services
  • Creating new resources and publications
  • Shaping mental health policies and campaigns.

You'll see examples of different methods throughout the toolkit and in the case studies.

The toolkit will help you to understand why and how people with mental health problems can have a positive impact on your work.

It'll also 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.

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