It is often the relationships between the providers of services and people on the receiving end which are at the heart of people’s experiences of the mental health system. As we have discussed in the past, both service users and carers, on the one hand, and workers, on the other, can feel alienated by current approaches to delivering services. Mick McKeown is a Reader in the School of Health at the University of Central Lancaster and active in the Trades Union movement. He is interested in how alliances can be built between mental health workers and the psychiatric survivor movement, and the role of Trade Unions within that. Mick has also thought and written a lot about the relationship between community-based groups such as CCrAMHP and Higher Education Institutions. Mick will share some of his ideas, as a starting point for discussion, which might include some thinking about the alliances that CCrAMHP might seek to make with other groups, institutions and initiatives.
- Interested in contributing to new research on mental health?
- Living in or within easy reach of Lancaster?
- An individual affected by schizophrenia and aged between 18
- and 65? Or, a carer, friend or family member of someone who is?
Many people diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar only use GP services for their mental health support. In future this will probably increase as secondary services are streamlined. Some GPs are very good supporting mental illness, but others are less so. Some people under GP-led mental health care don’t get good support, or make much progress with either their mental or physical health problems.
This new research programme aims to develop better ways of supporting people with mental illness within GP practices. A new system could offer services to enable people with schizophrenia to lead longer, healthier and more satisfying lives.
How can you help?
We are currently looking for people to join focus group discussions on October 20th in Lancaster about what is important to people affected by schizophrenia. You will receive a gift voucher as a ’thank you’ for taking part in the focus group.
We are also looking for people to complete three online surveys over a 8-10 week period about how the success of new ways of providing care or supporting should be measured.
If you are interested in participating in either the focus groups or online surveys or would like to find out more information please contact Tom Keeley at PARTNERS2@contacts.bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 8590. In an email please include a phone number and we will arrange a time for a conversation.