February 2024 Discussion and Support Group

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Co Producing the COVID Shielding Voices qualitative research project

After a little gap, we are restarting our Discussion and Support Group meetings. Our first meeting this year is on Tuesday 20th February at 6.00pm – 7.30pm, via Zoom.

These online  meetings offer a space for people with lived experience of mental distress to discuss survivor research and the issues and barriers we face in getting involved in doing mental health research for ourselves.

For this first meeting in 2024, Lynn Laidlaw is our speaker. Lynn writes:

I live with a rare disease and multiple long term conditions. I am involved in health research across the UK with multiple different researchers, organisations and academic institutions. Increasingly I am co producing and undertaking research as part of the team from my positionality and perspective as a patient.

I am going to talk about the rewards and challenges of Co Producing the COVID Shielding Voices qualitative research project covid-shielding-voices-report.pdf (versusarthritis.org). I was a Co Investigator and conducted the research as part of a small team, I had to shield through the pandemic. I am hoping we can discuss the joys and challenges of co producing research that you have lived experience of, overcoming imposter syndrome and the impact that co production can have on personal identity. Also, the processes we used to co produce the research, how we worked together, our findings and reflexivity.

The meeting is via Zoom and you can register here.

There will also be space for those attending to raise support needs for discussion.

Although our primary focus is on mental health research in England, survivor researchers from outside England or the UK are welcome to register and attend.


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