Keeping Control: Exploring mental health service user perspectives on targeted violence and hostility in the context of adult safeguarding

This research project is a 16-month user-led, co-produced exploratory study funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research and undertaken by a research team at Middlesex University. The project commenced in February 2016 and is due to conclude in June 2017. It is led by Dr Sarah Carr, Associate Professor of Mental Health Research.

The work seeks to address an important gap in research and practice knowledge relating to ‘disability hate crime’, targeted violence and hostility against people with mental health problems and adult safeguarding.

The Care Act 2014 ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ reforms explicitly state that ‘safeguarding everybody’s business’. This study seeks to understand how adult mental health service user experiences can inform personalising safeguarding and the practice focus on resilience and prevention.

Research study participants now being sought for interview

  • Have you experienced abuse, harassment or violence (hate crime) because you have a mental health problem?
  • Have you sought help as a result of your experiences?

The researchers are looking for people aged 18 years and over for a user-led study exploring people's experiences of being victimised because of their mental distress or mental health difficulties.

The recruitment deadline is 13th June 2016.

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