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Effective and safe engagement and participation

Supporting safe and effective engagement and participation of people with living experience

In 2018, we commissioned a report to examine ways to support people with living experience to effectively and safely participate with services, organisations and systems. This work included engaging with key leaders to understand how to support people with living experience to fulfil appointed or assigned roles, regardless of whether they are a CEO, a peer worker, a committee member or a board member.

This report describes essential ingredients and considerations for effective and safe engagement and participation, and demonstrates positive changes. It also confirms that more still needs to be done. It highlights that supporting better, safer and more effective engagement and participation with people with living experience, their families and other support people requires shared or mutual development for all people engaged in mental health and suicide prevention, and not just people with living experience.