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This June marks the launch of a new Peer Advocacy project, a partnership between MindWise and the Human Health Project (HHP). The project will improve mental health patient outcomes through the delivery of a new and highly innovative peer led volunteer patient/carer advocacy pilot service.
Individuals with direct experience of mental health issues, their families and carers who need help with navigating and being heard in the healthcare system.
Peer-led patient advocacy is about supporting those who are not being heard in the healthcare system and empowering them to use their right of autonomy.
Our lead volunteer for the project, Magdalena Bisewska, explains why she feels excited to be part of this project.
"I am originally from Poland but have been living in Northern Ireland for 16 years," says Magdalena. "I have over 13 years’ experience providing advice and advocacy to vulnerable people which I've gained through volunteering opportunities and work experience in different organisations. By challenging inequalities affecting our society I've found my passion for helping people and making positive changes in their lives.
"I strongly support the idea of active citizenship. I believe we only have one life and should make the best out of it. I am very excited about the Human Health Project and the partnership with MindWise and feel privileged to have the opportunity to participate in it as a Coordinator.
"I believe in the success of the project as people are more likely to achieve their goals and stick with the service provided when they feel empowered, in control and receive the support, information and education they need."
Thank you Magdalena. We look forward to working with the HHP to provide health information, education, and support to those in need.
To find out more about MindWise's Advocacy and Advice services, visit: https://bit.ly/2Sohonl
If you want to make life better for people affected by mental health issues, we've got local volunteering opportunities for you.