Mental Health

Our Mental Health Engagement and Involvement Workers are:

Lynsey McCallum – Mental health Service User Involvement Co-ordinator (Full time)

Remit: To co-ordinate and promote the active involvement of people who have experience of mental health conditions in planning ,shaping and evaluating services in the statutory sector.

Work activities

  • Establish and sustain relationships with groups of people to develop reference groups/panels across Dundee
  • Co-ordinate a range of strategies to involve people in shaping the planning and development of services at local level
  • Build the capacity of people to be involved and provide direct support for people when representing issues on relevant strategic planning and service development agendas
  • Develop means of communication to engage with people who are socially isolated or hard to reach
  • Work effectively with partnerships of key organisations at local level to promote involvement
  • Keep up to date with legislation and policy changes that affect people and disseminate in appropriate formats
  • Actively pursue consultation/involvement by linking people with existing opportunities

Dundee S.U.N holds various outreach services across Mental Health Services in Dundee and also an informal drop in which is open to all. Drop in takes place at The Friary, Tullideph Road, Dundee every Tuesday and Thursday 1 – 4pm.

Latest involvement report … We have just published our latest consultation report, commissioned by Dundee Mental Health Officer Service. For access to the report please click here

Latest News …

  • For the latest edition of the Dundee SUN Newsletter click here
  • For information on one of our current involvement projects with the University of Dundee’s Mental Health Nursing Team please click here.
  • Additionally, we are currently facilitating an OCD support group for Dundee and assessing interest for an Agoraphobia group in Dundee. If either of these conditions affect you, or someone you know, and you would like more details please contact the mental health engagement team.


Volunteering Opportunities

Mental Health Involvement Assistant

We are looking for reliable, friendly and non-judgemental individuals to support our drop in afternoons twice weekly. We hold various activities, talks and discussions as part of Dundee’s mental health service user involvement network.

For more information click on the role profile below



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Making Real


Stories can be expressed through talking, writing, song, poetry, drawing, cartoons, video and film and – well, there are lots of different ways to tell a story.  Making Recovery Real is a new project that aims to support people who have their own experiences of living with mental health challenges and recovery and who are interested in sharing their stories to help others.

We want to hear from you if you have a story to share. We are setting up story groups across Dundee. We also want to hear from people who would be interested in supporting and facilitating a story group or in becoming a peer supporter.

If you are interested or would like to speak to someone about this please contact Rob Warren, Making Recovery Real Project Worker at DVA, Number Ten, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee. DD1 1LL. Telephone 01382 305735 or email

To hear more about Making Recovery Real click here 



Ruth Brown – Mental Health Networking Co-ordinator (Part time (16 hours per week, usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays )

Remit: To support the involvement of voluntary sector mental health organisations in the planning, review, and delivery of mental health services in Dundee.

Work activities


  • Promoting voluntary sector mental health and wellbeing services and activities. 

For information about community based services and activities in Dundee that can promote and support wellbeing, click here: My Wellbeing.


  •  Producing Mental Health pages for the Healthcare and Wellbeing Network e-bulletin.

For a copy of the latest Healthcare and Wellbeing Network e-bulletin , click here: November 2016


  •  Organising networking events.

The Voluntary Sector Mental Health Service Providers Forum meets quarterly. Click here for the note-of-meeting-7th-sept16

In 2017, the meetings will be held here at Number Ten, in the Balgay Room from 2pm till 4pm on the following Wednesdays:

              8th February

               7th June

               6th September

               6th December.


  • Supporting cross-sector collaboration.

“Its All About The Break” is a Public Social Partnership project which aims to redesign the Short Breaks service for people with substantial mental health care and support needs and their unpaid carers. Interested individuals and organisations are invited to join us in shaping these new services. Find out more here: It’s All About the Break – Report

The leaflet explaining how to apply for a break can be seen here: carers-flyer3


“Making Recovery Real in Dundee” is a multi-partner cross sector collaboration supported by Scottish Recovery Network. It aims for a shift in power at all levels towards people with lived experience of mental health problems. The focus of the work in the first year will be creating Peer lead Recovery Story-sharing groups in various settings. This project has attracted funding from NHS Tayside Community Innovation Fund and Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership Integrated Care Small Grants Fund. With the balance of funding being contributed by Dundee Voluntary Action and Scottish Recovery Network, we are currently recruiting a Project Worker to start early 2017, initially for 1 year. The action plan for the year can be seen here: one-year-outline-plan


The Mental Health Strategic Planning and Commissioning Group is made up of senior service managers from NHS Tayside Mental Health Services and Dundee City Council along with representatives of carer and service user groups and the Voluntary Sector Mental Health Service Providers Forum . This group is responsible for developing and leading the mental health and wellbeing strategy for Dundee. The voluntary sector representatives are Ruth Brown and Lynsey McCallum, (DVA), Ashleigh McCloud of Penumbra, and Shona Laidlaw of Dundee Independent Advocacy Support. The dates of the meetings for 2017 have not yet been notified.


  • Assisting local mental health organisations with capacity building

Examples of our work with groups include helping to promote the group, getting it established, or facilitating organisational development. We can point you in the direction of useful information and resources or undertake a short period of face to face support where required.