Debbie Frances’ talk: “Who cares? A carer’s perspective of mental health services – and the hope of change” will be the first Recovery Devon event to have a BSL interpreter thanks to a grant from NSUN (National Survivor User Network).
I am Debbie Frances, and my interest in mental health began back in 2009 when my daughter developed severe mental health issues at the age of 15. In 2013, I set up a community-based early intervention peer support network for young people with mental health issues. Initially called The Project, and now operating as Headlight, this service has supported many hundreds of young people across East Devon. I now deliver mental health awareness training to people working with or supporting young people, through my social enterprise, The Project Training & Consultancy.
My talk, titled “Who cares? A carer’s perspective of mental health services – and the hope of change” will in part be a personal account of my experience as a carer, highlighting why change is needed within mental health services around parent/carer involvement, and why the lived experience perspective is vital to delivering effective and person-centred care. I will also share the challenges and learning from my Churchill Fellowship, which has shown and inspired me that change is possible.
Your presence, questions, and feedback are welcomed.