Enhancing learning and teaching about mental health across the disciplines
If you have recently joined the hub, do introduce yourself to others. How are you involved in learning and teaching about mental health? What are you hoping to get out of membership? What are the challenges you are currently grappling with? What might you have to offer to others in the network? If you have been here for some time, do provide an update.
Really impressive story, Julie!
My name is David Catherall, though that should be obvious from the tag on this post. Ah well.
I am part of a group of service users and carers at UCLAN in Preston, Lancashire, and have been for almost four years (seems longer). The group has been together for about 11 years I think, and we have now got to the point where we have written, produce and mark a module on the Social Work degree course at UCLAN.
We also work with student Nurses and Carers and have recently started to work with Physiotherapists and are looking at other areas within the schools of health and social work.
I was a carer for six years of a man with severe and enduring mental health problems and have spent much of my working life on and off working with people like him.
I am now retired and enjoy my involvement with COMENSUS- the name of the service user and carer group, and over the past three years have been able to talk to students from the point of view of a service user myself.
We do not restrict our input to the field of mental health as we have 'experts' from many differing fields of caring and service use within the group.
Delighted to be part of this network and hope to pick a lot of brains in the future!!
hey David - the three learning disabled people who shared my home and my life became my friends and my family - we all cared for one another! - I miss this very much - the ups the downs the closeness -
carers are a very important group of people and we need to look after ourselves and recognise our own needs! - although I was never particularly good at doing this!!
I am already impressed by your contribution to My Mad Space - and your resume here increases my respect - you do great work!!
Thanks for the kind words Julie.
If you are short of someone to care for, I can point you in the right direction!!
I do know what you mean though, my wife now cares for me and I care for her. Together we don't make on whole person...