Insight from lived experience - How is it Broken?

Leading on changes in Mental Health and Homelessness

The Mental Health Action Group is part of Manchester’s Homelessness Charter. Our action group includes individuals with lived experiences of mental health issues and homelessness, as well as individuals from organisations across the voluntary and statutory sectors.

We know that real changes are needed, so over the past few months we’ve been busy running workshops, led by, and for, individuals who have, or are experiencing mental health issues and homelessness. We asked people to tell us how the system is broken, what needs to happen to make it work better, and to their share words of wisdom. Our discussions were really relaxed and we collected a lot of thoughts over the two workshops.

At the moment, we’re looking at the feedback so we can group things together and work out what we can change in the short, medium and long term. The good news is, that although there are some big changes to be made, we can also see there are things which shouldn’t be too difficult to sort out!

If you have, or are experiencing mental health issues and homelessness, there’s still a chance to be heard- and to be part of the Mental Health Action group.  The next meeting is in mid-September in central Manchester and you can get in touch with us here if you’d like to be a part of it.

Otherwise… keep your eyes peeled for the next update where we’ll share how the group is starting to make the changes people want!



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