Perspectives Provincial Mental Health Advisory Network

The Perspectives Provincial Mental Health Advisory Network (Perspectives) is a network of persons with lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses, and their family members and natural supports that are provided with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to participate in work groups and committees related to provincial mental health work. The first-hand lived experience of persons with mental health problems and illnesses, or as a family member or a natural support person is essential to the work that is undertaken by Mental Health and Addictions Branch and will help to inform and guide provincial policy and planning for the benefit of all Manitobans.

To learn more about Perspectives please read the related sections below, or contact the coordinator:

Jacqueline Cassel-Vernon
Policy Analyst and Perspectives Coordinator
1070 – 300 Carlton Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3M9
Tel: 204-788-2556
Jacqueline.Cassel-Vernon@gov.mb.ca


Who We Are

Definitions

*PWLE is the acronym for persons with lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses. A PWLE may or may not access formal mental health and wellness services.

Family refers to members of the PWLE's nuclear or extended family or significant other whom the client defines as family.

Natural Support (NS) is an individual who plays a significant role in offering support to a PWLE. They are not necessarily a part of the formal care system and not remunerated for offering this support. Family and Natural Supports are often key people in a PWLE's life, and journey with them through their recovery.

 

Members' LoginProgressive practice in mental health and addictions planning, implementation and evaluation requires the participation of persons with lived experience (PWLE) of mental health problems or illnesses, and/or addictions, their family (F) and natural supports (NS) in planning processes. Perspectives Members are recruited and supported to provide their input on provincial mental health planning processes based on their experiences, interests and unique viewpoints. Members may have been, or continue to be, users of mental health or addictions services, other health services, and/or social services, as well as family members or natural supports of a PWLE.

Perspectives uses in-person meetings and electronic media to support the skill development of our members which helps them meaningfully engage and provide input and feedback to inform provincial mental health and addictions work. Members of Perspectives connect through online and telephone communications, with occasional face-to-face meetings.

Persons interested in becoming members of Perspectives must:

  • Be a person with lived experience (PWLE) of mental health problems or illnesses, and/or addictions, a family member or a natural support of a PWLE.
  • Understand and accept that recovery from mental illness or addictions is possible
  • Be physically and mentally well enough (in recovery) to hold this volunteer position, which includes being able to:
    • travel for meetings or have the capacity to participate via teleconference;
    •  participate in meetings up to two to three hours in length; and
    •  read, understand and communicate an understanding of information presented about the network and its roles.
  • Have adequate literacy skills in English to be able to understand the network or other committees' written materials (i.e. minimum recommended reading level is Grade 8 English).

The Perspectives Network will:

  • Consist of 15 - 20 PWLE/F/NS members at any time
  • Have members from various geographic regions and cultures, reflective of Manitoba's diverse population
  • Be supported by a network coordinator who provides orientation, skill-building opportunities, and ongoing support to network members
  • Provide orientation sessions for new members
  • Hold meetings for skill building, sharing knowledge and experiences
  • Maintain a website with information for members
  • Have opportunities to be engaged with work groups or committees established by the Mental Health and Addictions Branch
  • Have opportunities to review and provide input on various materials created by the Branch

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living Policies on Public Participation

Two main Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living policies form the basis of Perspectives, and all mental health and addictions advisory groups in the province's public health system. These are: