A DVD featuring local people with mental health issues has bagged an award for a local user group.
The Mental Health Service User Forum, run by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, won a Community Involvement Award at a recent ceremony.
The award was for their ‘Recovery in Action’ project, undertaken with two other mental health organisations, which promotes recovery within mental health.
A spokesperson for the organisers, The Patient and Client Council, said, “Service users realised that recovery was a continuing story for them and their families.”
Forum members starred in the 30-minute video, entitled ‘Recovery In Action, It’s my life, it’s my way forward’, and shared their experiences and hopes for the future.
The DVD is now used as an example of service user involvement and how people are able to move on after having mental illness difficulties.
The whole process from development to final product of a DVD was service user led and the stories of hope and success have been described as “an inspiration to those who have watched it”.