Currently, our Mental Health and Housing Experts by Experience group are involved in the design and delivery of a trauma informed training pilot being rolled out to six housing providers across Greater Manchester.
What is ‘Trauma informed practice’?
“A model that is grounded in and directed by a complete understanding of how trauma exposure affects service user’s neurological, biological, psychological and social development.”
NHS Scotland – Trauma informed tool kit:
Recognising someone’s history and the diverse ways that traumatic experiences can manifest itself can help staff reframe complex behaviours as a response to relational triggers. The aim is to shift the priority to the building of trusted mutual relationships centred around empathy and compassion above all else.
Our lived experience representatives are working with GMMH’s Recovery Academy to help shape the direction and content of the training by providing valuable insight into the mental health and housing systems through their own lived experience. Through a number of collaborative sessions our representatives will develop case studies which we hope will bring the theory around the trauma informed approach to life.
In a bid to ensure this is done in a co-produced way many of our representatives will go on to help deliver the training sessions. We want people to be able to take ownership over telling their stories but also have the opportunity to deliver some of the theory using their experiences which provides a perspective that is often missed.
Alongside this work our Mental Health and Housing experts by experience group will be working closely with the GM Mental Health & Housing Strategy Steering Group to create the space for people with lived experience to raise their concerns and have constructive and productive conversations about how we go forward and make positive changes.
If you want to find out more information or think our Mental Health and Housing group is something you would like to be involved in get in touch via email:
Published on October 1, 2021 at 12:57 pm