There is increasing recognition of the value of lived experience and the important contribution people with personal experience of mental health issues can make to mental health care.
Peer workers already exist in a number of different organisational work settings and roles. However, at the same time, many other professionals also have valuable lived experience, which could be an asset to services.
Navigating the boundaries between ‘the personal’ and ‘the professional’ is a complex task for mental health services. But Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are facing this challenge head on.
They have supported Jonny Lovell, a PhD student in the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research, to undertake research with practitioners and service users on sharing lived experience. And they are holding a day conference on this topic on Friday 6th November in Leeds.
Jonny will be presenting his research alongside others such as Rachel Perkins OBE and the TIme to Change team.
Some questions which the conference will address include:
- How can we work towards acknowledging and embracing all of our lived experience in the most helpful, effective and appropriate ways?
- How can we work together to challenge the stigma which continues to exist in many services and settings?
- How can we capture the power and promise of the wealth and breadth of lived experience available to us?
It looks like a really interesting day and a great opportunity to hear some of the early findings of Jonny’s research.