Events and workshops - Talking to professionals: common issues for families
Is your sibling receiving help from mental health services?
This session looked at how to talk to services about your sibling and any concerns you may have.
If you want information and advice on this topic, you can download our factsheet 'Information sharing and confidentiality'
This session looked at the common issues you and your family may face when interacting with mental health services.
In particular it focused on issues around information sharing and confidentiality – the principle that personal information between your sibling and professionals that work with them will not be shared unless necessary or permitted.
We looked at your right to share information with services, for instance about any concerns you have for your sibling.
During this session, we worked through case studies to explore how to use practical tools to get you and your family the best help you can. By the end of the session, we hope that participants would:
- understand a sibling’s right to confidentiality and the information that services can share with them and their family
- feel more informed about their rights in sharing information about their sibling with professionals if they want or need to
- be able to identify common problems and issues regarding information sharing with professionals in mental health services that can commonly arise for families
- be able to identify possible solutions to the problems that can arise with confidentiality and information sharing
Who led this workshop?
Heather Hewett is an adviser in Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service. She writes factsheets and information resources for everyone affected by mental illness and has produced information resources for the Siblings Network. Heather also works on our advice line, which provides information on a range of issues from working with mental health services to debt and money advice.
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Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays