This is not a complete list, we will add to the list as questions are asked.
Q: I used mental health services over five years ago, but I would like to come along as I am interested given my own experiences. Can I still attend?
A: We are keen to have anyone along who has some form of lived experience of mental ill health. We appreciate that people are ‘always on that journey’ and grow within themselves based on their experiences and can highlight things from a different pair of eyes at different times, just like someone who is in the midst of their journey can highlight things too, so everyone is welcome.
Q: Do I need to tell you that I want to attend? What happens if I change my mind on the day? Will that stop me from coming?
A: We understand the nature of mental health, and indeed that ‘life happens’ without even putting how you feel on the day in the equation! You might well feel all fired up to come along and share ideas, and nerves or how you feel gets the better of you, it is fine! What we do ask is that you try and let us know via email that you’re still interested.
Q: I’d like to attend but I am nervous about saying anything. Does this matter? Can I still come?
A: The answer to this is ‘of course!’ We understand for some that they prefer to listen and find out things, or that they may worry they are going to be ‘put on the spot’ and asked for personal information about their own path in front of people. We will not do that at all. This is a safe place for you to attend and take from us what you need.
Q: I am worried that you might tell people I was there. Will this happen?
A: We will not do this. We will not publish the names of people who attend on the minutes.
Q: Do I need to attend each meeting?
A: The simple answer is no, of course not. We provide different things at each meeting, so some people might find some sessions more useful to their circumstances, others may not. This is fine!
Q: Can I still share my ideas even if I do not attend?
A: Yes, sometimes there will be some emails going out to our mailing list asking for your thoughts on a piece of work that we have done. You can keep involved in that way, or if there is something you want to ask us to explore, get in touch with your ideas and we can see what we can do to help.
Q: How can I keep up to date with what is happening in the Forum?
A: Add our email address to your email address book, so the email does not get lost in a ‘junk’ folder. Also, make sure that you are on our mailing list, and if you change email address, let us know.