Current Work

Making a difference on mental health policy, law and services.

VOX works alongside our individual and group members, as well as others with lived experience of mental health problems, to develop key programmes of work based on our members priorities and other current important areas of work.

We do this by asking our members to prioritise our work areas, we work alongside members to co-produce projects, we facilitate discussion groups and use surveys, polls and social media to capture our members views.

We then make sure these views positively influence changes to policy, practice, and research.

Find out more about our current programmes and projects in the sections below:

Empathy and Connection in Clinical Services

Our members often state that they need to feel as though clinical staff care or show empathy and connect with them on a human level, in order to create change our members and volunteers produced a members led film entitled “longing for a connection” and we are using this to influence policy and practice.

If you would like to get involved in a project looking at the issues around empathy and connection within services alongside others with lived experience please contact Michelle on mmcbride@mentalhealth.org.uk

National Care Service Consultation

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care recommended the creation of a National Care Service (alongside other suggestions) and we are currently consulting with our members about their views on a National Care Service, which would define the strategic direction and quality standards for community health and social care in Scotland. For more information, contact Paula on pfraser@mentalhealth.org.uk

Collective Advocacy Consultation

The Mental Health Law Review’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Advisory Group have asked VOX (and other collective advocacy organisations) to respond to a consultation seeking to understand the current picture in relation to collective advocacy, and how collective advocacy could potentially be strengthened. We have pulled together our views on this as a national collective advocacy organisation. For further information contact Wendy on wmcauslan@mentalhealth.org.uk

Snapshot of Views

We are going to develop a new mechanism to hear from 100 people with lived experience through a “VOX snapshot” mechanism – this is in development, and the purpose will be to understand viewpoints on key issues quickly. If you would like to add your contact details to form part of a group to give your views on a range of mental health and related issues contact Lewis on lmacleod@mentalhealth.org.uk

Hate Crime

Mental Health Hate crime is often under-estimated, people often talk about stigma but aren’t always aware that sometimes what they are experiencing is actually a crime. We are in the initial stages of exploring how our members experience hate crime and will update you over time with what we find. If you would like to get involved contact Paula on pfraser@mentalhealth.org.uk

Mental Health Stigma

Lived experience group shaping the work taking place on stigma for people with complex mental health problems in Scotland, more to follow.

Mental Health and Related Steering Groups and Networks

Details of the range of groups VOX sits on to follow.

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