Untapped Potential: How people with lived experience of mental health issues engage in civic and public life

VOX, the Mental Health Foundation, and the Centre for Health Policy (University of Strathclyde) have undertaken a co-produced piece of research together with the Research Collective (researchers with lived experience of mental health problems) who led the project and undertook the research. The project looked at barriers to public life, and ways of increasing the civic and public participation of people with mental health problems.

The project aimed to investigate four research questions:

  • What proportion of people with lived experience of mental illness would like to increase their engagement with civic and public life?
  • What civic/public roles do they aspire to?
  • What barriers prevent them from playing a more active role in civic and public life and what are the potential solutions to overcome them?
  • What policy initiatives could be put in place to overcome these barriers?

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The project aimed to investigate four research questions: • What proportion of people with lived experience of mental illness would like to increase their engagement with civic and public life? • What civic/public roles do they aspire to? • What barriers prevent them from playing a more active role in civic and public life and what are the potential solutions to overcome them? • What policy initiatives could be put in place to overcome these barriers?