To tell or not to Tell – Sharing your Story

When you have experienced a mental health and/or substance misuse problem it can be difficult to decide who, what and how to tell the people you work with.

For people involved in the Recovery Academy, peer mentors, volunteers and staff members with lived experience of mental health problems and/or substance misuse (directly as a service user or indirectly as a carer or family member), decisions about what personal information to share with others can create personal dilemmas.

This course aims to provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on the purpose, benefits and risks associated with disclosure as well as developing some skills that may be useful in working out when it may be appropriate to disclose; to who; in what circumstances; and how much information to share.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the purpose of disclosure and how to get the most out of this intervention
  • Understand how to set a personal disclosure ‘ceiling’ in order to maintain appropriate boundaries and feel more confident and safe when disclosing personal information
  • Understand the importance of reflecting on disclosure, e.g. reviewing past disclosure decisions and goals, weighing up the pros/cons of disclosure, and exploring professional/ personal boundaries
  • Understand the importance of sharing post-treatment recovery journeys so that disclosure can enable people with lived experience to act as inspirational role models.


Date:  4 July 2024

Times:  1pm to 4.30pm

Venue:  Seminar Room 1, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL


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