Synergi co-researchers’ ethnic inequalities poster secures conference bursaries

Synergi’s Participatory Action Research project conference poster concept on ethnic inequalities and life histories has secured four bursaries for co-researchers with lived experience to participate at the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference 2020. The BPS DCP conference particularly values work co-produced with experts by experience.

Entitled ‘New Adventures in Clinical Psychology: Personal, Professional and Political Partnerships’, the BPS conference confronts issues of social justice, austerity and inequality underlining the need to develop more effective partnerships, personally, professionally and politically, beyond the usual systems.

The co-researchers with Dr Maria Haarmans, the PAR project lead, will present their poster which outlines how the PAR project tackles ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness through exploring life stories of ethnic minority people – those with severe mental distress and those who work with them.

The PAR research aims to understand experiences of various forms of inequality over the life course, how it impacts wellbeing, along with the experiences of using and/or working in mental health services or alternative forms of support.

Dr Haarmans said: “Getting our poster presentation submission accepted at this important conference provides an excellent opportunity to widen participation and promote the value of co-production research that aims to transform the current practices and power structures underlying these ethnic inequalities.”

The BPS Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference will take place in Solihull from 22nd to 23rd January 2020.