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User councils:...an initiative developed in 1989 to establish and develop user councils for people with mental health difficulties on West Birmingham Health Authority

Authors:
LAWRENCE Rodger, McLENNAN Nigel
Publisher:
Birmingham. Social Services Department
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
Birmingham
Journal article

Clinicians, researchers and community activism: lessons for mental health services from another field of medicine - HIV/AIDS

Author:
MILLER Robert
Journal article citation:
Psychiatrist (The), 37(3), 2013, pp.81-84.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Consumer participation in mental health services has grown in recent years. Preceding this, a very productive collaboration in another area - the emerging crisis of HIV/AIDS - built a coalition of service users, researchers and clinicians which had a decisive impact on research and saved many lives. There is much to learn from this for the mental health field, where, at present, partnership between service users, caregivers, researchers and clinicians is not such a productive force. This editorial outlines the respective histories in these two areas and the lessons to be learnt for consumer involvement in the mental health field. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

An unfinished story: reflections on the development of user involvement

Author:
BARNES Marion
Journal article citation:
Open Mind, 170, January 2012, pp.4-5.
Publisher:
MIND

Briefly traces the development of user involvement in mental health from its beginnings in the 1980's to its current position as an accepted part of official policy. It highlights the struggle service users face in operating both outside and within the system and new areas of involvement, such as research.

Journal article

Politics of recognition; what can a human rights perspective contribute to understanding users' experiences of involvement in mental health services

Author:
LEWIS Lydia
Journal article citation:
Social Policy and Society, 8(2), April 2009, pp.257-274.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

In the UK, participation in decision-making is increasingly being viewed as a right for users of mental health services. Yet research repeatedly finds a policy implementation gap in this area. Drawing on a localised, qualitative study involving three mental health service user/community groups, this article frames this issue in terms of a ‘politics of recognition’. It demonstrates how whilst government user involvement policies officially attempt to recognise users and their voices, they simultaneously reconstitute failures of recognition in terms of status subordination and a disqualified identity for service users, thereby obstructing participatory parity and amounting to a dereliction of the core principles underlying human rights.

Journal article

Service user involvement: enriching the learning experience

Authors:
LECKEY Jill, WALTERS Phil, HOLT Barrie
Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 5(1), April 2008, pp.35-49.
Publisher:
South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust and University of Huddersfield

This paper purports that by virtue of the service user’s experience of mental distress and service provision, they offer valuable knowledge and expertise to enrich the mental health nursing students learning experience collaboratively. This paper considers a historical perspective of the issues, shares some positive examples of good practice around involvement and inclusion considering the conflicting tensions that became complementary and how this helped, in developing an enriching learning experience.

Journal article

It's all in the mind

Author:
RODNEY Nicola
Journal article citation:
A Life in the Day, 12(2), May 2008, pp.6-8.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article describes the authors involvement, as a service user participant, in the Europe-wide 'Its all in the Mind' project. The project is looking into the training and support needs of teaching staff working with students in mainstream education who have mental health difficulties. It involved visits to Turkey and Ireland to look at current practice.

Journal article

See with your mind

Author:
ROWLING Edwina
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, April 2008, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The author profiles the Experience in Mind (EiM)group, innovatory training project on young people's mental health devised and led by young people. EiM is a partnership between Mind in Brighton and Hove and Hove YMCA.

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Supporting people's mental health and well-being: action points for people who use services and for people who provide services

Author:
Connor Anne
Publisher:
Outside the Box Development Support
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
19p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

Action points from a research project, funded by the Scottish Executive National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being and run by a partnership between the Dumbarton and District Mental Health Forum and Outside the Box Development Support from summer 2005 to early 2006, are presented. The researchers wanted to find out what helped people keep well, and they also looked at what health and social care services and ordinary community resources can do to help people be well and support people in their recovery from a mental health problem.

Journal article

When equality is not really equal: affirmative action and consumer participation

Authors:
HAPPELL Brenda, ROPER Cath
Journal article citation:
Journal of Public Mental Health, 5(3), September 2006, pp.6-11.
Publisher:
Emerald

Consumer participation in mental health service planning and delivery is now authorised through Australian government policy. While strategies have been implemented to foster opportunities for participation, they have rarely been evaluated for their effectiveness. Furthermore, the inadequacy of these strategies to support policy implementation has been criticised in the literature and identified as a major obstacle to genuine and effective consumer participation in mental health care. This paper argues that there is an urgent need for affirmative action in order to overcome the current and historical discrimination that prevents consumers from active participation.

Journal article

Meeting mental health needs: client satisfaction: a user-led approach

Author:
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Journal article citation:
Prison Service Journal, 155, September 2004, pp.19-20.
Publisher:
Her Majesty's Prison Service of England and Wales

There has been growing use of client surveys across both health and social care over the past 20 years. While standard user satisfaction surveys undoubtedly provide an opportunity for users' views to be heard, the degree to which they can be considered client-led is questionable. Revolving Doors Agency trained service users to interview others. Findings included: 70% were satisfied, 25% moderately satisfied, and attitudes are positive, but 45% made suggestions for improvement. Detailed results are given together with what was done and why, recommendations, and what will change as a result.

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