Chris Lodge

Chris Lodge is a service user researcher with the Spectrum Centre at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine. He worked for 6 years as an adult mental health support worker with Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (LCFT), developing socially inclusive projects in the community. He began doing research while working with LCFT, in conjunction with University of Central Lancashire, employing participatory action research methods to improve shared decision making, for which he was nominated for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement’ prize at the 2018 North West Cast Research and Innovation Awards. He has lived with severe mental health issues since the 1990s. He is a trained Horticultural Therapist and practises on the Fylde Coast where he lives with his wife, two dogs and a large back garden. He is part way through a PhD at Lancaster University, where he contributes to the teaching, giving lectures on the lived experience of mental health issues and service users in mental health research.