North Ayrshire Mental Health Commission involves the following stages of work:
Recruitment: Working closely with local partners, we recruit a team of proactive young people as ‘Citizen Researchers’. This group brings together a diverse cross-section of the youth population, including those with direct experience of mental health issues and individuals from at-risk groups.
Design Days: We support the Citizen Researchers to explore key national and local information about youth mental health. The Researchers begin to highlight which mental health issues are most significant for their area. They receive training in research, event design, facilitation and public speaking.
Roadshow: The Citizen Researchers co-design and deliver workshops to engage a much wider number of young people on the priority topics and to seek wider engagement on whether these priorities change by area or other demographics. The workshops stimulate informal learning and gather young people’s views on what’s working, what’s not, and potential solutions.
Results Day: The Citizen Researchers co-analyse the Roadshow data and extract key findings. The Researchers work with local decision-makers to develop strong, practical recommendations for change.
Big Showcase: The Citizen Researchers present their findings and recommendations to key local stakeholders at a media-friendly event. The Showcase includes facilitated conversations about next steps. The project results are fed back to all the young people who took part.
An Expert Panel of key local decision-makers and stakeholders informs the project’s work throughout its lifetime.