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Co-production is where people who have lived experience of a particular identity/characteristic/s/circumstance/s and professionals share the power to make decisions (about resources and priorities) to plan and deliver services/support together. Co-production involves recognising that both partners have vital contributions to make in order to improve quality of life for people and communities. In the context of mental health and learning it refers to co-production by educators and people who have lived experience of mental health difficulties and adult learning.

Back on Track Past Students' Success Stories

Part of the Back on Track box set, this video includes interviews with past students about how Back on Track helped their recovery by enabling them to acheive in learning.

This video is made available on our MHFE YouTube Channel with permission from the Highbury College/Headspace partnership that created Back on Track - thank you to Pam, Sue and the learners who share their stories.

Central Beds Impact Mental Health Peer Support Annual Report

On the weekly Zoom Meeting I asked about how to make our Annual Report available on the MHFE site.

Whilst I am looking at a means to produce a fully accessible pdf version I thought I would share a link here to see whether the National Pilot Comminity feel its worthwhile sharing or if it is too long / boring. 

We are intending to use it a briefing tool for customers, press and partners, so it is written assuming the reader has no prior knowledge of the National Pilot.

I would welcome any comments feedback or ideas for improvement!

Overcoming Barriers Barnsley MIND Video

Rotherham and Barnsley MIND in association with Northern College have produced a short humorous video depicting the first visit to college for a student who has mental health problems. The video, featuring members of MIND and Northern College students, shows, through Michelle's eyes, her first few hours at college and some of the barriers she overcomes.

This film was a small part of the MHFE virtual secondee project and sought to involve learners with mental health problems in identifying and overcoming barriers to returning to learning and encourage others to do so.

Take Ten People in the North East - Voices 1

Video title: The challenges of experiencing mental ill-health. (4.47 mins)

David Allen, Voices Empowered

David describes the impact of mental ill-health in his own life and the need to combat stigma.

Take Ten People in the North East - Voices 2

Video title: Voices Empowered - making a difference in the future. (2.39 mins) 

Val Binns, Voices Empowered.

Val explains how effective support from a range of services has helped her and her colleagues to develop the service user led organisation Voices Empowered.

Take Ten People in the North East - Introduction to Voices

A summary of the key elements of effective support identified by practitioners and people who have lived experience of mental health difficulties involved in the Take Ten People in the North East project.

Back on Track Current Learners' Stories (2010)

This second Back on Track video from the Highbury College/Headspace partnership in Portsmouth includes interviews with:

Take Ten People Project in the North East: event report 16.3.11

Archived resource

Summary report of the Discovering Potential event, 16.3.11, co-delivered by NEMHDU and Voices Empowered.

Take Ten People (TTP): bibliography

Archived resource

This bibliography of sources used in developing the Take Ten People integrated approach to learning, skills and employment resources is included as part of the Take Ten People box set - a collection of resources.


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