How can supported decision-making help people actively participate in decisions that affect them?
There are many different ways people can be supported to participate in decisions that affect them, particularly in mental health and wellbeing.
Advance Statements are a powerful tool that can help people articulate their needs and wishes when subject to mental health law. Unfortunately there is a lack of awareness that such a tool exists and very few people have written an advance statement. In this showcase the Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow will talk about their Peer Volunteer Advance Statements Project which aims to support people with lived experience of mental health problems by promoting and delivering peer facilitated sessions to develop Advance Statements.
Independent Advocacy is another strong means by which people can participate in decisions that affect them. The Advocacy Project will talk about their work, including delivering independent advocacy services to people with lived experience of mental health problems, as well as wider services to support engagement and participation in local and national consultations.
- Gordon McInnes (Development Worker, Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow)
- Laura Bogucki (Operations Manager, Glasgow Mental Health Advocacy Service, The Advocacy Project)
- Shaben Begum MBE (Director, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance) (Chair)
- Shaben Begum MBE at Rights for Life
- SIAA website: http://www.siaa.org.uk/
- The Advocacy Project website: http://www.theadvocacyproject.org.uk/
- The Advocacy Project Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Advocacy-Project/411946238858437
- Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow website: http://www.mhngg.org.uk/
- Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mental-Health-Network-Greater-Glasgow/528046973984495