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Michelle Long

 My name is Michelle Long and I live in Birmingham, I was elected carer governor in January 2015.

I first became interested in BSMHFT through my own personal experiences of the mental health system and it was these, at times, very painful experiences, which led me to becoming a governor. I believe that in order to influence changes in a system, we need to be part of it. Being a governor enables me not only to be part of a body which holds the non executive directors to account, but also which represent the interests of the members of BSMHFT and the general public.

Through being a governor I have met people who have lived experiences and who have been on journeys very similar to my own. As governor it is my hope to reach out to as many people as possible, in the knowledge that by doing so I will truly represent the interests of not only our service users and carers but also their families and wider general public.

I have a particular interest in the wellbeing of children and young people and as a mother and grandmother, I understand the difficulties many of our children and young people face today.  In my role as Carer governor, I will always endeavor to represent their views and enable their collective voices to be heard. 

Becoming a governor has been a positive experience for me and I am grateful for the opportunity. 

As a governor I have had the opportunity to attend monthly board meetings, be part of the various Trust projects, including the Recovery College and also represent the Trust further afield at national GovernWell events.  Wherever I go, it is always with future services in mind and my belief that we cannot always change things, but by positively working together, we can highlight the weaknesses and work on the strengths, in order to become a better, stronger Trust.

Michelle Long - Carer governor - Term in office Nov 2014 - Oct 2017