Services offering support and guidance to young people experiencing mental health challenges can only do this well by hearing from and working with the young people who attend. You are an expert in your experience of being young today, experiencing mental health challenges and seeking and finding support.

This training day will provide you with the confidence and skills needed to say ‘yes’ to involvement opportunities so that you can use your expertise to change services for the better and boost your self-esteem at the same time. Opportunities can include interviewing new members of staff, being on a focus group panel, creating a tool for young people to use in therapy sessions, or speaking at a meeting. Participants will be invited to join a database of Experts by Experience, who will be notified regularly of new opportunities.


Elm Room, Aldrington House,
New Church Road,
Hove BN3 4AG


Various days 10:00am-3:00pm
22 October, 19 February, 28 May, 30 August

Who’s it for?

Anyone aged 12-20 years.

What will I get out of it?

You will:

  • Feel better prepared for future work and volunteer interview situations
  • Improve your confidence in speaking out at meetings
  • Learn how to use your experiences of mental health services to improve care for others and contribute to positive changes in the organisation


Rivkah Cummerson
Emma Thorne
Karen Osborn

Provided by

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and all organisations participating in Discovery College