A free event is taking place at Ellington Park in Ramsgate for young people aged 16-25 to talk about their experiences of mental illness and accessing mental health care.
The gathering will be held on Thursday (August 25) from 3.30pm to 5.30pm by the park cafe. It will give people the opportunity to meet and talk with others about the support they received and any impact that this may have had on them.
Led by representatives from EK360 and the Lived Experience team within NHS Kent and Medway’s community mental health transformation, the event is looking for people to tell their stories to help shape how mental health services should look in the future.
Representatives from other organisations that support young people will also be available to speak to anyone who attends. There will be an opportunity for family, friends, carers and anyone who is involved in a young person’s mental health experience to talk to the team and share their views in an open, non-judgemental environment. This part of the feedback is especially important if young people have transitioned from receiving support via the children’s mental health services to adult mental health services.
It is one of several events being led by the Lived Experience team who are part of the NHS’ Community Mental Health Transformation in Kent and Medway.
The Lived Experience team share feedback from people who have used mental health services as part of the transformation programme, which aims to radically change how help is offered by joining up support for people with serious mental health needs.