A shift towards co-production is a commitment to meaningfully engage and work alongside people with lived experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of mental health services. Here in BC, some progress has been made, but there is still much more to do and much more to learn. Other jurisdictions who have lead co-production initiatives for recovery-oriented approaches to mental health can offer insight on possible ways forward. Our webinar "The role of co-production in recovery-oriented approaches to mental health" is an opportunity for knowledge exchange and for you to ask a panel of international experts the what, why and how of co-production.
Louise Christie, Scottish Recovery Network
The Scottish Recovery Network is a non-profit initiative established in 2004 to promote and support recovery in Scotland and beyond. A key aspect of their work has been the development and delivery of the Making Recovery Real initiative, where they worked in partnership with local areas to support agencies, organisations and people to work together to identify what would support recovery and how this can be actioned. Louise can speak to recent findings from this project and provides expertise on community-based co-production methods that involves peers, decision-makers and frontline service providers.
Laura Falconer, Barnardo's
Barnardo's, a British charity that aims to care for vulnerable children and young people, launched a 10 year corporate strategy in 2016 that outlines three strategic aims: stronger families, safer childhoods, and positive futures. Laura oversees the implementation of this strategy and can speak to their process of systems change that begins with data gathering and needs assessment, centers on co-production and aspires to shifts in practice and government policy.
Lisa Androulidakis, CMHA Calgary
Callum Ross, CMHA Calgary
CMHA Calgary has been operating for over 60 years and runs Canada's largest Recovery College, where courses are co-developed and co-delivered in partnership with peer supporters and students who are experts by experience. Lisa and Callum can speak to their unique methodology for co-designed curriculum and how changes to recovery-focussed programs lead to changes in organizational policies and culture.