Peer support workers share their mental health lived experiences with others daily, and many mental health service users find this helpful. But is it more controversial for other mental health practioners to talk about their experiences? Early findings from the current research on Sharing Lived Experience in Mental Health Settings will be presented by Jonny Lovell, Chief Investigator, at this forthcoming conference:
Beyond ‘Them and Us’ Lived Experience Conference 2015, Leeds, Friday 6th November.
You can be part of the conversation that discusses ‘how we can work together to challenge the stigma which continues to exist in many services and settings’
This conference follows on from the successful Lived Experience in The Workforce conference which took place in 2013, read the blog from this event here.
It is a unique opportunity to share information and ideas, to learn from one another, share the challenges, best practice, innovative ideas, and practical advice.
You will have the opportunity to network with voluntary, private and NHS organisations who work in the mental health field.
Topic areas will include:
- How can we best value, embrace and promote the importance of lived experience?
- What are the potential benefits to services, professionals and patient care?
- How can we promote an empowering, more inclusive, less stigmatising culture?
- How can we explore and address workforce challenges?
- How can we share, learn from and expand on best practice?
Flyer lived experience 06.11.15
Since I last updated these pages in January, much progress has been made on the Sharing Lived Experience research project. Survey analysis has been underway in earnest, we’ve run service user and practitioner focus groups in Leeds and York, we’re collaborating with Australian partners to undertake comparative activities in Melbourne, and the findings will be presented at the Beyond ‘Them and Us’ conference in Leeds in November. Continue reading
The Sharing Lived Experience survey was sent to practitioners and service users at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in September 2014, attracting over 300 responses. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to complete and return a survey, your responses are highly valued! Continue reading
The research is now under way! Surveys are currently being distributed to practitioners and service users in Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, asking for their views on whether it is helpful or unhelpful for mental health practitioners to share their own mental health, and other, experiences. Continue reading
Working together: the Universities of York and Melbourne
It’s been a little while since I produced an update, mainly because I have been waiting for a few pieces of the jigsaw to fit into place. Lots of work has been going on behind the scenes, and we’re just about ready to roll out the survey to both staff and service users. If you want to know more about what’s been happening and where we’re at, keep reading… Continue reading
Sharing Lived Experience: May Update
It is great news that the research has been given ethics approval from the NHS Research Ethics Committee (North West Research Ethics Committee) and has received local research and development approval from Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which means that the research is ready to proceed. All being well, we should begin the fieldwork in July 2014. Continue reading
While it might all seem to have gone very quiet on the blog front regarding the progress on the lived experience research, much activity has been going on behind the scenes, in particular preparing for NHS research ethics approval and refining the research methods. There have also been some great conversations with service users and practitioners interested in getting involved with research activities.
A few additional research activities are also being developed. Continue reading