Help shape the future of mental health services at JDLC event

Oscar Donnelly, Northern Trust Divisional Director of Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Well-being (left back row) and Marlyn Grant, Service User Consultant (front centre)

Oscar Donnelly, Northern Trust Divisional Director of Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Well-being (left back row) and Marlyn Grant, Service User Consultant (front centre)

Service users in the Coleraine, Ballymoney and Ballycastle areas are asked to come along and have a say on the future of Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) mental health services, at a user group on Monday 23 May at 2pm in the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All mental health service users past or present and their carers are welcome to come along to the group.

People have a chance to talk about what they feel is good or bad with services and where they would like to see improvements or changes that would help the recovery of service users and the experience of their families. Service User Groups are held in the Antrim/Ballymena, Mid Ulster, North Coast and East Antrim areas every three months.

A Service User Consultant for Mental Health Services has recently been appointed who facilitates the groups.

Marlyn has used mental health services personally from an early age and understands the issues that patients and clients may have. Marlyn Grant, Service User Consultant said,

“Information I am given at the groups is shared with senior management at team meetings in mental health services,” she said.

“It is then used when considering the direction or services and changing how we do things to help the patient. I also inform the groups about new services and any changes that are taking place.

“A focus of the Trust’s Reform and Modernisation Programme (RAMP) is to develop recovery focused integrated mental health services that are provided at home where possible.

“The Trust is committed to involving service users in all decisions relating to the direction of services and my role helps give our service users, the people that matter, a say.

“Come along and tell us what you think!”

For more information or to find out the dates of the group in your area contact Marlyn Grant, Service User Consultant on 028 9446 5211, 079 1931 3736 or email marlyn.grant@northerntrust.hscni.net.

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