What is Influence and Participation?
Mind is the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales. We work hard to understand the needs and experiences of people with mental health problems. This drives everything we do, and, wherever we can, we actively seek opportunities for people with lived experience of mental health problems to get involved with and guide our work.
Mind defines ‘lived experience influence and participation’ as:
“The development and promotion of opportunities in order that a diverse range of people, with lived experience of a mental health problems, influence and participate in our work. This recognises that people want to take part in a variety of different ways and there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.”
When I joined Time To Change I was unemployed, bored, lonely, depressed. I'm now married, I have just completed a clinical psychology degree, I've helped run an event, I've trained volunteers, I've given speeches next to important people. There is no end to the benefits I've had from this experience...no end.