Quality Improvement Programme for Men’s Mental Health – February 2020

Suicide and Self-harm Prevention

Quality Improvement Programme for Men’s Mental Health – February 2020

We are supporting the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System with our Suicide and Self Harm Prevention Programme. This programme is focusing on quality improvement projects that supports community campaigns for middle aged men, to reduce the risk and incidence of suicide and self harm. 

Lived experience is agreed as being central to the Quality Improvement (QI) programme and as a user led organisation Suffolk User Forum is in a unique position to co-create the opportunity for men with lived experience to be active participants and coproduction partners in the QI programme. This will enable a QI culture that embraces exploration and learning, genuinely valuing service user knowledge and expertise, through understanding lived experience, so that the QI outcomes can be delivered.

The following short films have been created to support;

  • An introduction to coproduction for this project
  • Understanding power differentials when co producing mental health projects
  • Creating a safe space for open conversations.

Film 1 – An introduction to co-production:

The most important part of coproduction is shifting mindsets and establishing a culture that embraces exploration and learning. One that genuinely values peoples lived experience, to enable mutual learning and understanding recognizing the richness and wider understanding this can bring.

Helpful  links and resources for finding out more about coproduction as discussed in the above video:

A transcript of Film 1 can be viewed here.

Film 2 – Power differentials in co-production:

The opportunity to begin to explore how coproduction in mental health can be very different to other areas of health and social care, as extreme power differentials are likely to have been experienced by those with lived experience working as coproduction partners. This video discusses some of the considerations we need to take account of to ensure people with lived experience are positioned as knowledge holders, leaders  and people from whom there is much to learn, in a way addresses power imbalances.

A transcript of Film 2 can be viewed here.

Film 3 – Creating a safe space for open conversations:

Coproduction requires all partners to take care to establish trusting and respectful relationships. It requires attention to how this is experienced and all partners have a role in ensuring there is a safe s[ace for open conversations.

Suffolk User Forum’s co-production charter can be found by clicking this link:  Suffolk User Forum Coproduction Charter 

Ways in which we can put the coproduction charter into practice can be found by using this link; Putting the coproduction charter into practice

The coproduced ‘LISTEN’ poster which is discussed in the above video can be seen  below and downloaded here.

Find out more about the Stay Alive App below or download the stay alive poster.

A transcript of Film 3 can be viewed here.