I came to the Wellbeing Network at a time when I was recovering from a stroke, and had been living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia for many years. This was my first experience of working with a group, where service users, carers, mental health professionals, GPs, and members from the voluntary sector all had equal value at all stages of designing the project. This was very much a co-production process.
It was very interesting and sometimes challenging, but overall a very inspiring and exciting process. I learnt a lot: I honed my management and decision-making skills, and I was encouraged to use my assets – writing and (don’t laugh) knitting!
We co-produced a knitting project – a wall-hanging with the initials WSIC (Whole Systems Integrated Care) and WBN (Wellbeing Network) in an explosion of colours, which had significant meanings to each one of us.
I hope others can expect the best kind of involvement, led and directed by themselves and supported by others in the network, whether Wellbeing Partners, professionals or other members.
I believe there is life after mental illness, a good quality and fulfilling life. I’m excited to meet new members of the Wellbeing Network, and look forward to see how the network develops and grows.
I believe good things are coming. Why not connect with us and be part of our story?