My Story, Our Future: a narrative study of people using Early Intervention in Psychosis services

What is this research?

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) 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. This research aims to understand the experiences of service users who have accessed EIP services in order to improve existing services. It also seeks to understand people’s broader life trajectories before they made contact with EIP services to identify new ways of supporting people with psychosis – both within and beyond formal mental health services.

How is McPin involved?

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 those of their carers.

How is experiential knowledge contributing?

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 from 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?

We are now in the final stages of finishing the Life Stories report and hope to launch this soon. 

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about the project or to speak to a researcher, please email