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Service user involvement in mental health research: a user's perspective

  • Michel Syrett
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This article focuses on service user involvement in supporting and undertaking mental health research. It is written from the author's perspective as a service user with bipolar disorder who has built on previous experience as an academic researcher in business and management studies by active involvement in a number of mental health research projects in a service user capacity. The article highlights contrasting approaches taken by different projects in how they involve service users and provides learning points based on the author's and other service users' experiences.

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Michel Syrett, The Cairn of Mental Health, Brincliffe, West Dhuhill Drive, Helensburgh G84 9AW, UK. Email: michelsyrett@aol.com
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Declaration of Interest

M.S. is the Editor of Pendulum, an Honorary Fellow at The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University and partner at The Cairn for Mental Health. He is a fully paid collaborator of the steering group for improving satisfaction with medicines for bipolar disorder. He has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

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Dolman, C (2009) Service users in research: how to affect the research that affects you. Pendulum 25: 14–6.
Forty, E, Craddock, C (2009) Be a research champion. Pendulum 25: 14–5.
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Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (2008) A Review of Service User Involvement in Prison Mental Health Research. Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.
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Service user involvement in mental health research: a user's perspective

  • Michel Syrett
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