The Lived Experience Staff Networking Group is designed to give staff a forum to talk openly about their own personal experience of mental health.

It’s a supportive environment where staff can talk openly and look after one another. Now, more than ever, it’s important that staff have a place where the feel safe to talk about how they are feeling.

The group usually meet bimonthly for official meetings, however, during the lockdown they have kept in contact via video chat every couple of weeks, and regularly share ideas for self-care via email.

What does the group do?

The areas of work the group focuses on are decided on by all group members.

So far, the group have been instrumental in shaping a number of projects, including:

  • The Trust’s staff wellbeing strategy
  • Sickness policy and letters sent by HR
  • Organisational development and the development of a new organisational development strategy
  • Peer support which is focused on service user engagement
  • Workplace Wellbeing
  • Raising awareness of ‘lived experience’
  • Supporting staff who might want to declare lived experience or have experience work related stress, depression or anxiety

Our purpose

The groups purpose has been developed and agreed by members as:

“Empowering staff members with lived experience either in peer defined roles or self-identified to achieve their potential and support their development as well as raising the understanding and importance of professionals with lived experience across all services and staffing groups.”

Join the group

If you would like to find out more or join the Lived Experience Staff Network Group please email
The group is open to anyone who is an employee of the Trust.

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