Summary of report content
The Wiltshire Mental Health Open Forum was established in August 2020, and is run jointly between Healthwatch Wiltshire, mental health service users, and mental health service provider Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP). The forum provides a safe space for service users, and those who support them, to speak directly to those who run mental health services, to get involved in helping to shape the design of these services and highlight gaps in mental health support.
This report summarises the first year of the forum. In the first year, the forum met 12 times, with 82 members, and an average of 25 people attending each session. The forum had 12 guest speakers, and the feedback collected has helped shape 4 services. One major achievement of the forum was creating a guide to mental health support, in response to forum members feeling uninformed on services.