The Mental Health Action Groups – MHAGs – are a fantastic forum for local service users, carers and service providers to have an open dialogue with each other. They run across each district in Kent, but SpeakUpCIC are involved with three of them – Thanet, Ashford and Dover, Deal and Shepway. Local voluntary sector organisations, like SpeakUpCIC, attend the meetings as well as representatives from KMPT, local councils, DWP, CCG and other commissioners. The local meetings feed up into a County Meeting where the chairs from each area attend. Directors within KMPT, Strategic Commissioners and other people who can make real decisions within the system attend these meetings and listen to the issues that are affecting people across the county.
Half an hour before the main meeting starts, service users and carers are invited to raise their issues in a private forum with the chairs, so that confidentiality is ensured at all times in the meeting and there is time to have a more involved chat about the issues. If you would like to attend and raise an issue but you don’t want to stay for the whole meeting, or you don’t feel up to staying for the whole thing, you don’t have to. You’re more than welcome to just come to the service users and carers pre meeting to raise issues. If you’re thinking of coming along to one, talk to one of us and we can let you know about your area’s meeting.
Make new friends, share experience, help yourself and others! Our activities and services run in Thanet, Dover & Deal, Ashford and there are many ways that services users and ex-services users can become involved with us, you could be attending a forum meeting, contributing news views and personal articles to our newsletter, Facebook page website to becoming a user forum representative and attending (with support) local statutory and non-statutory meetings. Our volunteers even become involved in local and national campaigns for issues surrounding mental ill health. If you would like to become involved as a forum member, join a group or work as a volunteer with a specific role and function download our Application form online at www.speakupcic.co.uk or give us a ring on: 01843 609359. We'd love to hear from you!