What’s the best way of building capacity for people using and working in mental health services to capitalise on the opportunities afforded by social media? And of course to be alert to the challenges and learn how to navigate them.
There are, no doubt, many ways to do this and we’re having an experiment with a social media surgery and series of workshops in Leeds. You can find out more about the day here.
Social media surgeries are an established concept and you may question why we didn’t just encourage people using and working in mental health services to participate in those. There’s a fantastic one already up and running at The Round Foundry in Leeds. Surely that would be a more inclusive and sustainable approach?
Well yes… but I’m intrigued by the idea of bringing people using and working in services together on equal terms as both experts and learners. Some of our social media surgeons and workshop facilitators bring lived experience of mental health difficulties. Some bring perspectives as workers in voluntary and statutory sector organisations. Some are volunteers and others are community journalists. We have some social media experts with little knowledge of mental health at all. We’re hoping this mix will create a co-productive space where we can share learning together and possibly develop a network of enthusiasts who will continue to connect over a mutual interest. We hope the mix of surgery space, workshops and open space for people to chat, will create opportunities for people to come together in ways which suit them. And of course we’ll be using lots of different methods to share our learning via social media for people who can’t get there on the day.
If you’d like to book on to our social media surgery you can do so here or chance your luck and turn up on the day.
If you’ve organised something similar and have some tips. Or if you have taken a different approach that you’d like to share. I’d be very interested to hear from you.