Empowered Lives aims to raise awareness and educate people about mental health issues, and a big part of that is hearing from people with lived experience.
We passionately support the principle “Nothing about us, without us”. When developing or delivering services to people with a mental illness, we strongly encourage organisations to consult and involve them in the process.
Empowered Lives Principal Kirsten Gibbs can develop a consultation and co-design process for your organisation, drawing in other consultants with relevant knowledge and experience, and facilitate workshops and focus groups to hear directly from people with a lived experience of mental illness.
Kirsten is an experienced facilitator, with extensive experience in running consultations with people with a lived experience of mental illness, and carers of people with a mental illness. She has presented on co-design and consumer participation at the Leading Australian Mental Health Conferences and to NSW Health Mental Health Staff, developed Being – Mental Health and Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group’s Consumer Participation position statement and processes and attended training on Consumer Co-design.
She has designed consultation processes, facilitated focus groups on a range of issues, designed and analysed surveys and compiled reports. Examples include: consultation with adolescent inpatients at a psychiatric facility about their experiences while in hospital, people with severe psycho-social disabilities about their experiences with the NDIS, people with a lived experience of mental illness in regional areas about service provision, individuals and small groups with a lived experience of being secluded or restrained in an in-patient facility, and people with early onset dementia on behalf of an outside market research company. Additional projects have included interviewing people with a lived experience of mental illness and writing first person narratives of their mental health journey, highlighting people’s experiences with mental health services. This work was commissioned by Coordinare – South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network for use in their co-design processes.
For more information about how Empowered Lives could support you in your consultation processes,
I have previously worked with Kirsten in a professional capacity to co-facilitate a series of consultations in NSW. We worked well together in co-facilitation roles and Kirsten is excellent at creating an environment that is warm, respectful and inclusive
Kirsten is able to build rapport with trainees from a wide range of backgrounds. Kirsten was able to go beyond simply delivering skills training, to empowering trainees by aiding them to reimagine their existing experiences and skillsets. I have also had the privilege of hearing Kirsten speak publicly in her role as a mental health ambassador. Kirsten is a consummate professional and an excellent educator
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