Mental Health Consultations Update

Bringing attention to consultation opportunities and encouraging you all to get involved is a key strand of our Service User and Carer Involvement Project!

The latest consultation event was part of the current review of NHS Mental Health Services. We were pleased that a number of people attended this event held in February at Forth Valley College, Falkirk. A very positive development was that those who were not able to attend on the day were able to put their views forward either on paper or electronically, helping to encourage the participation of as broad a range of voices as possible.

The Scottish Older Peoples Assembly meeting in Falkirk was organised by Falkirk’s Make it Happen Forum. The event was very informative and the most likely result is that the Make it Happen Forum will opt to join the national assembly. This will provide the local group with a direct link to the Scottish Government and will be an excellent way of raising and exploring the issues that affect older people in particular.

Project Coordinator, Linda, is pleased to have re-established links with the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Mental Health and looks forward to attending her first meeting in the very near future. Meetings take place quarterly and are open to the public. If you are interested in attending please get in touch with Linda at FDAMH.

The Involvement Group is currently putting together a report on what local patients think makes a satisfactory experience if they require to be admitted to hospital. Sometimes quite small or simple things can make a big difference to a patient’s experience. This report will be shared with the Charge Nurse in Ward 3 Mental Health Unit at FVRH and we hope that the information within it will help to inform ward practices.

The next upcoming consultation event is a further visit from Margo Fyffe of the Mental Welfare Commission. Margo will be with us on Wednesday 15th April 2015, having been keen to return following her visit to Falkirk last year. Margo is particularly interested in finding out more about the local third sector and there will also be the opportunity for people to meet with Margo on the day. If you would like to join in please contact Linda.

As usual Linda would be thrilled to see more of you becoming involved and having your say on mental health services and issues, whether you have used services or care for someone who has. There are lots of ways to be involved, so there is no need to be shy. If you’d like your voice to count get in touch with Linda for a friendly chat.

You can contact Linda McGonigle, Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator, on 01324 671609 or by emailing

Tag:User Involvement & Consultation
16/03/2015 at 9:59 am