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Service users

The research in our Centre employs a model that continually works in partnership with mental health service users. 

Together we aim to improve understanding of the effects of social conditions on mental health problems, make recommendations for changes to service provision, and ensure the focus of acute and ongoing care re-orientates to social circumstances. 

Our service user lead research:

  • builds on the approaches developed in our Service User Research Enterprise (SURE, directed by Diana Rose, first Professor of User Led Research) to further innovate research methods that directly involve those who have experienced poor mental health and those who have used mental health services.  
  • further develops and refines methods that combine traditional qualitative approaches with novel technologies to allow in-depth characterisations of mental health in vulnerable populations, in particular through incorporating participatory - and sensory - based approaches (e.g., walking interviews, photo, video, mental maps, digital diaries and experience sampling). 

If we are really to understand what drives so many to mental ill health and what can support and sustain mental health, we need research that focuses on the experience of those living stressful lives.... We need to involve them in understanding how we can build mental health friendly practices across society, and in developing policies for the ways we plan our cities and sustain resilient communities.

Centre Co-Director Professor Nikolas Rose, from the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy