MENTAL HEALTH TRIALOGUE
Creating a Supportive, Non-Judgmental Space to Share Stories, Find Solidarity and Discover New Perspectives
Are you a family member of someone who has experienced mental health concerns, a mental health professional, or do you, yourself, have lived experience as a service user?
Are you interested in hearing real perspectives on people’s experiences with the mental health system?
What It Is:
Despite shifts towards inclusiveness and partnership in mental health services development, meaningful open communication between professionals, service user, and families within the mental health system remains a challenge.
Mental Health Trialogue (MHT) is a monthly forum that brings together personal perspectives from providers, peers/survivors, family members and other interested parties to discuss issues and experiences with the mental health system. The goal of the forum is to foster rich discussion and to change the perception that only those who work in the field of mental health are the experts in mental health.
MHT’s combination of expertise and experience provides a unique wealth of collective knowledge to which individuals or people from different perspectives would not otherwise be exposed.
How It Works:
1-2 organizers from the Institute for the Development of Human Arts will open the forum by explaining the purpose of MHT, then initiate a discussion about that month’s theme. We will then open the conversation to all in attendance to share their responses if desired and foster community. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
MHT provides a supportive, non-judgmental space to share unique stories, find solidarity and discover new complementary perspectives that offer clarity, insight, and supportive community.
Trialogue meetings are open to current or former mental health service users, families and friends, professional mental health workers, prescribers, as well as all community members with an interest in mental health.
PLEASE NOTE: MHT is not a support group, a source of medical/psychiatric advice, or a therapy session.