I don’t want a seat at your table: co-production in mental health services

There has been a decades-long movement to increase what gets called lived experience, service user, or patient involvement in the design and delivery of mental health services, programmes, projects, and research. There are now many groups and activists working in a range of ways and contexts to bring much-needed lived experience perspectives to spaces dominated by those positioned as “professionals”. A big pull, I think, for those who want to “do” involvement and co-production, is the hope that things may change for the better for other people who experience mental ill-health, distress and trauma.

Neighbourhood networks: A model for community-based support

Between 2019 and 2022, the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University undertook research on behalf of the Centre for Ageing Better, Leeds City Council (LCC) and the Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) into the effectiveness of the neighbourhood network (NN) model in the City of Leeds.

Rory’s Story

In this blog, Rory explains how getting active through horse riding helps to unlock his fear and anxiety around other people

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