There are benefits to involvement for everyone involved and we must always remember this is a two-way process. For people with mental health problems, influencing and participating in projects or activities can help them to develop key skills, lead to increased levels of confidence and boost their self-esteem. Opportunities can often develop into leadership roles, jobs, teaching and training or peer mentoring. Organisations and services will see benefits in their understanding of the needs and challenges being faced by people using their services, they will be able to plan more effectively and subsequently deliver services that people want in partnership with those that use them.
There are many more benefits, we have listed some below.