How to involve people with lived experience

Planning for effective participation in your workplace

We've learnt through experience

Involving parents experiencing mental illness, their partners, children and carers in the planning, delivery and evaluation of COPMI materials is our priority. We know that first-hand knowledge and experience is necessary to ensure what we are creating is going to work. 

We’ve found our partnerships with people with a lived experience of mental illness are highly effective and they are now a critical element of everything we do. Whilst we are continually working on how to do it better, we think we’re pretty good at involving people and we're keen to share the strategies we’ve found so effective.

You may like to start by watching our video on how to involve people with lived experience (often referred to as 'consumers and carers') in your work.

Checklists and guidelines

It is important to be organised and to develop policies, checklists and guidelines to support the work you are doing. The COPMI national initiative have a number of checklists and policies to involve people with lived experience that you may be able to adapt to suit your needs.

Strengthening, healing, validating – fabulous.

A lived experience representative

Youth participation

Youth participation allows young people to have a role in an organisation where their opinions are valued. The following report and fact sheets by Emerging Minds (previously trading as the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association-AICAFMHA) are targeted towards youth participation:

The Commissioner for Children and Young People in WA developed the Participation Guidelines for Involving Children and Young People

Policies and standards

Inspiring articles

Some useful information for people with lived experience