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Life Stories: Early Intervention in Psychosis

 

What is this research?

A group including health service commissioners, voluntary sector organisations and local NHS providers have been working together to better understand the experiences of Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) service users and support service development in three South London boroughs: Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. They have commissioned the McPin Foundation to conduct an in-depth qualitative study exploring the experiences of people who have used local EIP services, and their carers.

 

Why is this research important?

Early Intervention in Psychosis services focus on the early detection and treatment of symptoms, and can lead to better long-term outcomes for service users compared with standard care. It is important to understand the experiences of EIP service users in order to improve existing services. However, this research also seeks to understand people’s broader life trajectories before they made contact with EIP services, in order to identify new ways of supporting people with psychosis – both within and beyond formal mental health services.

 

 

What are we doing?

We will capture participants’ experiences using a narrative interview approach that prioritises people’s personal stories, memories of their illness and broader life experiences. We will also conduct in depth interviews with carers of people who have used EIP services. Three South London based researchers with lived experience of psychosis are working on this study along with a Senior Researcher at the McPin Foundation. The study will communicate participants’ stories using a range of creative methods, including exhibitions, photography and film.

 

 

What is the current status of the project?

The interviewing began in Spring 2017. We are still recruiting participants. If you live in Lambeth, Southwark or Lewisham and would like to take part please email agneshann@mcpin.org

 

 

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about the project, or to speak to a researcher, please email agneshann@mcpin.org

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