Our services User voice Sunderland Mental Health User Voice Phone: 07810 657292Email: [email protected]Postal address: 1D North Sands Business Centre, Sunderland SR6 0QAMeetings take place at various times and locations in Sunderland. What we do: Do you want to influence the development of mental health services? Are the services you use meeting your needs? Have you got any suggestions or ideas you think may help? Sunderland Mental Health User Voice Service can help you with all of these things. You may want to attend meetings that help to change the way mental health service users are treated, or challenge the way a service is run. Alternatively, you may simply want to find out more information on the things that directly affect you, or meet up with other members. MHM’s Sunderland Mental Health User Voice Service exists to promote people’s involvement with mental health services in the Sunderland area, as well as overall positive wellbeing. We aim to make a difference by: Asking Service Users what they think of their treatment and care to try to improve the services they receive Challenging prejudice and stigma, reducing isolation and enabling service users to feel increased confidence Helping Service users be a part of groups and attend meetings that have an impact on decisions that directly affect the future of Mental Health Services Offering Service Users opportunities to be involved in the recruitment and selection of mental health staff Enabling Service Users to work together to make their collective voice heard by both professionals and politicians Consulting on local, regional and national strategy, policy and provision of Mental Health Services. We regularly hold informal outreach groups and meetings at places such as Sunderland Mind, Washington Mind, Headlight and Sunderland Recovery College. Some of the activities that have happened at recent outreach sessions include: an awareness raising session on benefits at Sunderland recovery College, with a presentation by a Welfare Rights Advisor for Disability North; at a session at Washington Mind service users gave feedback on a poster promoting family therapy. Who is this service for? Anyone living in Sunderland who wants to get involved with the development of mental health services. How do I access the service? Get in touch with us to find out where our next meetings are taking place - anyone is welcome to attend!