News – User Involvement & Consultation

Listening to our Young People

We are excited to announce the launch of our first ever Youth Advisory Board. We know how important it is to listen to and learn from young people and this new Board will ensure that their voices are heard and are at the heart of decision making in FDAMH.

We will be looking to recruit around eight caring and enthusiastic young people who are passionate about mental health. Recruitment will start at the beginning of 2022 with more information on the recruitment process becoming available soon.

Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, if you are interested in joining the Youth Advisory Board, please register your interest.

Tag: FDAMH, User Involvement & Consultation, Volunteering
15/12/2021 at 4:48 pm

Carers News Roundup

Bringing together important updates for Carers…

Updated information for carers on social security from Connecting Carers

The Scottish Government with the support of the national carer organisations have produced information for carers, in both video and written form, providing an update on the plans for taking over 11 devolved benefits and to answer a range of questions raised by carers.

The Minister for Social Security, Jeanne Freeman, has recorded an update for carers on the plans for social security in Scotland. In it she sets out the plans and timescales for setting up a social security agency in Scotland and taking over the 11 devolved benefits by 2020. She also answers questions which were raised by carers about the government’s plans.

You can watch the video here:

And you can read the full written Q&A on the Connecting Carers website:

Falkirk Carers Forum

The Falkirk Carers Forum will take place at the Park Hotel, Camelon Rd, Falkirk on Wednesday 6 December from 10.45 am to 1 pm, followed by lunch. An update on the Carers Scotland Act will be provided and the National Care Organisation Eligibility Framework for the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, there will be group discussions on co-producing the Eligibility Framework for the Act. The next Falkirk Carers Forum meeting on 24 May 2017 will include presentations on the role of the district nurse and local reablement services and there will be an update on the Carers Act.

Short Breaks Funding

Funding from the Scottish Government’s Short Breaks Fund and the Falkirk Integrated Care Fund allows the Carers Centre to offer individual grants of up to £300 to fund flexible breaks to eligible carers that will improve their health and wellbeing and help them to cope with their caring role. To find out more, or to discuss making an application to this fund, contact the Carers Centre or visit

Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership Carer Recruitment

The Falkirk Health and Social Care partnership (HSCP) is seeking to recruit two carer representatives, one as lead and a second as substitute, to the Integration Joint Board (IJB). This will be from April 2018. They would like to hear from you if you and the person you care for live in the Falkirk Council area; you are over 18 years of age and would like to represent carers. Further information on the role and recruitment process will be made available at the Carers Forum meeting on 6 December 2017. If you would like any further information please contact:

Tag: Family/Carers Support, User Involvement & Consultation
05/12/2017 at 4:16 pm

We loved meeting you at FDAMH’s Open Day!

[caption id=”attachment_13197″ align=”alignnone” width=”500″]Alan Bissett Co-patron Alan Bissett joined us at our September Open Day[/caption]

We had lots of great conversations on our Open Day last week with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Education, the NHS, Social Work, local businesses and local and national Government. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time out of very busy schedules to visit. Our staff all agree the day was very beneficial to them and we hope all of our guests feel the same way!

A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who did a brilliant job helping us out on the day and making sure everyone was made welcome, and, not least, to those who came along to share their personal experiences with our guests.

On the day we asked people for their ‘One wish for mental health in Forth Valley’. Here’s a small selection:

“I wish you weren’t so much needed”
“For there to be a greater awareness of how mental health affects everyone – it isn’t just people suffering at the extremes”
“Funding would be solid and continue and we can work together”
“That people who need services can access them promptly”
“I would want everyone with mental health issues to benefit from FDAMH”
“Sufficient funding especially for children and adolescents”
“Services to support under 14s”
“That professionals would listen to family members who are with the ill person day in day out”

Read the Full Feedback Document.

Tag: FDAMH, Mental Health, User Involvement & Consultation
21/09/2017 at 1:03 pm

What’s your FDAMH in Three?

We’re looking for your 3-words that describe FDAMH! FDAMH is…
Give your anonymous feedback here

Thanks very much for helping us out!
We plan to publish feedback anonymously in our reporting and promotions.

Tag: FDAMH, User Involvement & Consultation
19/05/2017 at 1:08 pm

Your views sought by Mental Welfare Commission

The Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental health conditions in Scotland.

The Commission is looking at what their priorities should be over the next few years and want YOUR help in guiding the process. You should be someone who uses mental health services or be a carer or family member of someone who does. Sharing your experiences helps organisations like MWC identify the issues that matter most – and act on them!

A special engagement day takes place in Glasgow on 21st November. If you would like to attend please pop along to the MWC website to apply by 21st October. (If you would like help to apply please ask any staff member at FDAMH). Travel expenses will be paid by MWC.

Tag: Events, User Involvement & Consultation
17/10/2016 at 1:42 pm

Hope is more important than the words you use

FDAMH’s Involvement Group have been busy tackling the word ‘Recovery’ following the recent service-user led audit of FDAMH’s recovery-focus using SRI2 (Scottish Recovery Indicator). People using FDAMH’s services that participated in the audit had indicated that they were uncomfortable with the word ‘recovery’ and often found it confusing.

The group felt there were many ways to interpret the term ‘recovery’ and that it was crucial how the term was explained and perceived. In addition they preferred the use of the term ‘mental health recovery’ to distinguish it from recovery from other issues.

Education about the illness/diagnosis was felt to be very important to recovery and the group felt that responsibility for a person’s mental health recovery sits with everyone involved in that person’s care, not just organisations like FDAMH.

People felt that ideally the consultant psychiatrist should be the person who initially explains a person’s diagnosis and prognosis to them, and that an emphasis should be placed on recovery right at the beginning. Whilst it is important to get medication correct less emphasis should be on the medical model and as a whole NHS staff should show a greater mental health recovery focus.

When it came to talking about an alternative to the term ‘recovery’ the most common term the group came up with was ‘wellbeing’. However it was quickly decided this was not a term or word that people used every day either and again had different meanings for different people.

After much debate, the group felt that in some ways the particular word or term used was not what mattered, what was important was giving people hope.

Tag: User Involvement & Consultation
03/06/2016 at 10:36 am