For over 50 years, we have provided help and support for people severely affected by mental illness. From campaigning for fairer treatment to delivering flagship services, we put lived experience at the heart of everything we do.

We believe that the voices of people with severe mental illness should be at the heart of community mental health transformation. We understand that commissioners and transformation leads want to achieve this, but it can be challenging to change cultures and introduce coproduction in large organisations. We recognise that colleagues want to share knowledge on managing this and overcoming shared challenges. 

We hosted a webinar to address these questions. Watch it online here.

What did the webinar cover?

Through case studies from our award-winning place-based teams, we took a deep dive into how coproduction and community engagement can be put into practice, the risks, and how these can be managed. 

  • Introduction to coproduction and engaging communities
  • The story in Coventry & Warwickshire: coproduction and working with diverse communities in a culture than embraces measured risk-taking. Presentation by Last Mafuba, Founder and CEO of Inini Initiative. 
  • The story in Sheffield: lessons learnt from working with the NHS, commissioners, and wider system partners. Presentation by Sarah Batty, Head of Community Mental Health Unit for Sheffield.
  • Q&A panel

How can I get involved?

If you have a question for one of the speakers, or want to hear more about the work Rethink Mental Illness does in coproduction and engaging communities, please email