A new public engagement project will encourage ethnic minority people with experiences of living with severe mental illness (aged 16 years and above), their carers, and healthcare professionals, to develop their personal accounts through photographs representing different aspects of their health and care experiences.
Synergi will host a series of workshops in London and Manchester where the stories illustrated in the photos will be enhanced through reflection and discussion, with the intention of marshalling evidence to improve care experiences and reduce inequalities.
A narrated open-access photographic collection will exhibit a selection of the photos produced (with the participants’ agreement) to communicate the realities of severe mental illness and treatment for mental illness as experienced by ethnic minority people.
Synergi is working with BHA for Equality, Service User and Carer Group Advising on Research (SUGAR) and the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) as a starting point for wider collaboration.
If you would like to participate in or help with the recruitment for these workshops, or if you are interested in knowing more about Synergi’s forthcoming activities and would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us at email@example.com.
By Dr Kristoffer Halvorsrud