Di Medwell

Meet trustee Di

I came to West Sussex Mind from the Corner House in Southwick when the two organisations merged in 2019. I have extensive experience working in mental health which has provided me with a wealth of knowledge that I can bring to the role of trustee.

My experiences with mental health stem from my work in the pharmaceutical industry which sparked a passion for helping those with mental health problems. I wanted to help in the development of services so went on to become a social worker, later qualifying as an approved social worker under the Mental Health Act. I also became the professional lead for adult social care in mental health services for Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust as well as for children and adolescent mental health social care services after that. This gave me experience in all areas of mental health from young people to the elderly, as well as those with learning disabilities and drug and alcohol misuse issues.

I am particularly passionate about support for children and young people and the transition between these services and adult services. I feel it is important to get young people involved and ensure that every decision prioritizes the service user’s best interest. For me, mental health services should ensure people’s needs are met, as well as find the least restrictive alternatives to detaining somebody under the Mental Health Act. I am greatly concerned about maintaining people’s rights, welfare and liberties and safeguarding service users’ dignity.

As one of the three vice-chairs, I am excited and enthusiastic about being a part of West Sussex Mind and the opportunities and challenges ahead. I feel that, with my experience and knowledge, I can make a positive contribution to service development in the future.

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