Authors: Natalie Rutstein
Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference
Subject: The LEEN Community of Practice – enhancing the engagement of and support for those with lived experience of mental illness through knowledge sharing.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Natalie Rutstein is the Lived Experience Lead at SANE Australia, a national charity working to promote the wellbeing of people affected by complex mental illness. Natalie manages the SANE Peer Ambassador Program, training and supporting those affected by mental illness to share their experiences in order to drive social change.
The Lived Experience Engagement Network ("LEEN") is a Community of Practice led by SANE Australia, bringing together fifteen national organisations and their respective team members responsible for lived experience and community engagement.
The network collaborates to celebrate achievements, learn from best practice and utilise shared expertise to respond to emerging challenges when meeting advocacy needs of the communities we support.
This presentation will share the impact that the LEEN has had on each member in their practice - the learning gained and common challenges faced whilst managing, supporting and celebrating lived experience engagement in their respective organisations.
Learning Objective 1: Those attending will learn effective strategies in building and sustaining an engaged Community of Practice in the mental health sector, as well as an understanding of the shared challenges we all face in lived experience engagement.
Learning Objective 2: This session will highlight the importance of addressing emerging challenges in mental health advocacy in a shared rather than remote way. It will also equip participants who lead mental health programs and services with an enhanced understanding of how to collaborate better with partner organisations to ensure that consumer advocacy is a positive, supported and meaningful experience.