Public invited to join online ‘Living Life Well in the Community’ event

Members of the public are being invited to attend a virtual ‘Living Life Well in the Community’ event to raise awareness of local mental health services and organisations.

The online event, which will run on Thursday, 18 March between 2pm and 5.30pm, will include a range of key speakers, a Q&A session and community presentations.

NHS Tayside Chief Executive Grant Archibald will open the event and discuss the launch of Living Life Well, the Tayside-wide strategy to improve mental health and learning disability services. The strategy has been developed following a programme of work with more than 600 local stakeholders, including people with lived experience, their families and carers along with voluntary and third sector organisations, NHS Tayside staff, local authorities and Police Scotland.

The ‘Living Life Well in the Community’ event has been arranged by the Mental Health and Wellbeing Communications and Engagement Sub-Group. The group comes from a wide cross-section of people involved in mental health services including people with lived experience, staff, members from third sector organisations, patient advocacy groups and the Stakeholder Participation Group which was set up as part of the Independent Inquiry. 

The full programme for the online event is:

2pm Opening and Strategy Launch from NHS Tayside Chief Executive Grant Archibald
2:30pm Community Presentation: The Corner
3pm Community Presentation: Making Recovery Real, Dundee Volunteer & Voluntary Action
3:30pm Q&A with Kate Bell, Interim Director of Mental Health, NHS Tayside
4pm Community Presentation: Feeling Strong & CAMHS
4:30pm Community Presentation: Perth Health & Social Care Partnership
5pm Community Presentation: Stakeholder Participation Group

Brook Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of Feeling Strong, Dundee’s youth mental health charity and co-chair of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Communications and Engagement group, said, “We’re so excited to be able to showcase the hard work of our communities and the role they’ve played in pulling together an ambitious strategy for mental health in Tayside.

“This event will be the first in a series of opportunities to get communities more involved with the work being done in NHS Tayside and we think this is a real demonstration of the commitment to ongoing partnership working and outreach.”

To attend the event, which is being hosted on online meeting platform Zoom, you just need to click on the link from 2pm on Thursday, 18 March.

Members of the public will get the chance to participate during the event by asking questions using the Zoom Webinar Q&A feature and participant polls.

Recording of the sessions will be made available for those who can’t come along on the day.

To find out more about the Living Life Well strategy, please visit our dedicated website