Mind in Brighton and Hove recognises that substance misuse service users often encounter the same difficulties as mental health service users.
In some cases, a substance misuse service user may have a ‘dual diagnosis’. This is when an individual has both mental health problems and a drug or alcohol dependency.
Due to the complexity of issues and agencies involved in providing support for those with substance misuse problems or dual diagnosis, too often people fall between the gaps, sometimes with tragic consequences.
The Mind in Brighton and Hove service user involvement worker’s role is to motivate substance misuse service users to regain control over their lives and to empower them to contribute to planning of services and challenge poor practice.
Substance Misuse Service User Involvement Groups
In Brighton and Hove regular user groups are coordinated and facilitated by our worker on a monthly basis:
- Dual Diagnosis Group
- IOT group
We use the skills and experience of our service users to assist in evaluating the experience of other service users accessing various recovery substance misuse services across the city. They help to review the drug commissioning priorities on an annual basis and are a valuable resource in providing feedback to commissioners on substance misuse strategies and reports/research and advising about service improvements.
The service is available Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.
How to contact:
If you would like to know more about getting involved please contact Rick Cook, Substance Misuse Service User Involvement Worker on 01273 666950