Mental Health and Substance Use Engagement and Involvement

We believe that people with mental health challenges or substance use issues should be at the centre of their own recovery.

Dundee Healthy Minds Network

Dundee Healthy Minds Network is an engagement platform for people with experience of mental health challenges and their unpaid carers. Participants contribute to a collective voice, which influences the development of local mental health services and supports.

The group strives to ensure that people with lived experience of mental health difficulties have opportunities to be involved, either formally, or informally, in shaping issues that affect their lives. This includes involvement in planning, delivering and evaluating mental health services and supports in Dundee.

Our current work includes:

  • Contributing to Tayside Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy
  • Contributing to local Mental Health Strategic Planning
  • Evening and Weekend drop ins Test of Change
  • Developing an Engagement and Involvement strategy and framework
  • Growing and diversifying the membership of Healthy Minds Network

Our recent work includes:

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For further information please contact
Lynsey McCallum, Coordinator, Dundee Healthy Minds Network
T: 01382 305743 Mob: 07530237467
E: [email protected]

Dundee Healthy Minds Network Drop-ins

Our regular HMN drop-in provides an informal and relaxed place for members to discuss and influence local mental health services and supports. In response to Covid-19 we have had to suspend our face-to-face drop ins and are instead meeting online using the video platform ‘Zoom’.

Our drop ins, whether in person or online, are a safe and non-judgemental space for people to meet and socialise with likeminded individuals. The drop-in typically includes a social element, plus a more formal part such as a meeting, event, or audience with a guest speaker. Topics are chosen by HMN members. The group run the drop-in in a co-productive way and our members influence the programme and everything that we do. Drop-ins are open to any adult who experiences mental health challenges and has registered with HMN.

As of November 2020, our online drop ins are held

Every Monday 6-7pm

Every Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm

Every Thursday 1:30-2:30pm

Every Second Saturday 12-1pm

To join one of our zoom meetings we will need to send you a link. Please get in contact if you would like to find out more and take part in our online drop in. We have put together a short guide all about zoom and how to join a meeting.


For further information please contact
Louise McEwan, Mental Health Engagement Worker
T: 01382 797876 Mob: 07948239575
E: [email protected]

Dundee Healthy Minds Network

Mental Wealth Academy

The Mental Wealth Academy seeks to create one front door for individuals and organisations who wish to make the most of lived experiences of recovery and mental health challenges.

For individual participants it will provide personal learning, development, and accreditation opportunities.

For organisations, networks and for it will provide access to lived experience perspectives which can strengthen community involvement, research, and decision-making.

Initially funded for one year, the project is in early stages of development, and is actively recruiting. Find out more about the Mental Wealth Academy.


For further information please contact
Mob: 07948239572
E: [email protected]

Third Sector Mental Health Networking

We support third sector mental health and wellbeing organisations to be active participants in the planning, review, and delivery of mental health services and supports in Dundee.

The Third Sector Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum provides a focus for connecting voluntary sector mental health organisations across Dundee. Our meetings are held monthly.

The Forum and its members are influential in the following groups;

  • Dundee Mental Health Strategic Planning and Commissioning Group.
  • Dundee Suicide Prevention Strategic Planning Group
  • Tayside Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy groups

We seek to support cross sector collaboration and third sector leadership of developments and initiatives that improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Dundee. In this capacity we chair the Making Recovery Real in Dundee Partners Group and employ the development worker to support all strands of work across this partnership initiative.


For further information please contact
Louise Yannetta, Mental Health Network Coordinator
T: 01382 305707 Mob: 0788951062
E: [email protected]

Making Recovery Real in Dundee

Making Recovery Real in Dundee is a multi-partner cross sector collaboration supported by Scottish Recovery Network. It aims for a shift in power at all levels towards people with lived experience of mental health problems. The main areas of activity are sharing recovery stories and growing and supporting peer recovery in mental health.

Making Recovery Real: ALLIANCE Webinar We were delighted to be asked to be part of the ALLIANCE Live series. This 30 minute webinar explores how the Making Recovery Real approach offers a different way of working together. It does not replace the traditional NHS treatment route but invites formal services to walk alongside local people, organisations and initiatives to design and deliver sustainable mental health support. With contributions from various people involved in the successful Making Recovery Real in Dundee partnership, Scottish Recovery Network’s Acting Director, Louise Christie chairs the webinar and Q&A. Find out more and download free resources at

Peer Recovery Network Co-design Report 🡒

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For further information please contact
Michelle Donoghue, Peer Recovery Development Worker
T: 01382 305700 Mob: 07377788817
E: [email protected]

Mental Health and Substance Use Resources:

Mental Health Organisations in Dundee

Mental Health Third Sector Org Contact Details (new & ongoing)

For information about community-based services and activities in Dundee that can promote and support wellbeing, or help with some of the causes of poor mental wellbeing, visit “My Wellbeing”.

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