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.
The response already from practitioners has been enthusiastic, with many completing the electronic survey within hours of receiving it. This is a good sign – it indicates that people are interested in the subject and want their views to be known. Responses from service users are likely to be a little slower, as they will receive the survey by post.
The survey is only available to practitioners and service users of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, but the results should be interesting and relevant to a wide range of mental health professionals across the UK. It is envisaged that the involvement of service users and practitioners in developing training and guidance based on the survey responses will help practitioners to make informed decisions about when, where, and why sharing lived experience might be helpful or unhelpful.
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