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West Sussex LEAG
Lived Experience Advisory Group

What is the LEAG?

Our group is a dedicated Mental Health Lived/ Living Experience Network with a focus on challenging and changing Local Mental Health Care.

We strive to develop mental health support through lived experience while co-producing with local partners and organisations (such as the NHS and Council-driven services).

We are proudly independent and aim to advocate for everyone, including minority groups and people from diverse backgrounds in the West Sussex area. 

We provide lived experience insight to influencing and shaping services for the future.

LEAG Information 

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We are a dedicated Mental Health Lived Experience Network, challenging and changing Local Mental Health Care for the future.

We sit independently of support services and networks, collaborating to improve mental health experiences.

We co-produce with our local partners and organisations (including the NHS and Council driven services) to provide lived experience insight and recommendations.

We represent those of all backgrounds and experiences, and champion those with reduced access and opportunities and support networks.


What Is Our Group About?

• NHS Sussex is engaged in a programme of mental health service transformation, with the voices of people’s experiences vital to identify and plan changes.

  • The LEAG links with key teams and groups responsible for commissioning and / or implementing these changes.

  • The group has been commissioned to work

    together with lived experience networks in West Sussex, for better communication and coordination.

What might I expect from this group?

  • Information about mental health services and lived experience in Sussex; what and where they are, and how they interact.

  • Support to share your lived experience in relevant mental health service conversations.

  • Opportunities to feedback and innovate around mental health support services in Sussex in various formats.

  • Travel and relevant expenses will be covered. Note: When payment for time is offered, places will be limited and prioritised for those not engaged with other lived experience activities.

  • Members are offered payment to attend monthly LEAG meetings.

  • There is no guarantee of paid work, though we will influence, create, identify, and share as many opportunities as possible.

Catherine Talks About the Value of Co-Production

Contact Information:

The Co-Production Lead for the LEAG is Sara Shepherd 
(Pronouns: She/Her)

If you would like more information or want to join us, please contact:

Email: or

Phone: 01243 869662 / 07522 227941

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