Lived Experience Research Collective

The Lived Experience Research Collective originated as a change network, sponsored and facilitated by See Me

Quick fact: Peer research is research conducted by people with lived experience of the issue being studied [i]

The Collective’s role was originally to share and develop new initiatives on how to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in order to improve the overall health and well-being of people living with mental ill-health. The Collective have since concluded their work for See Me and are now hosted by the Mental Health Foundation with support from Chris White. The peer researchers offers a wide range of individual talents – including research skills, project management and community organisation facilitation – as well as a collective ability to think through and respond to national and local mental health issues from a peer perspective.

Heidi Tweedie, Peer Researcher

“Peer led research is an undervalued approach. I hope our work in the Collective will demonstrate a more effective and ‘human’ way of carrying out research by collecting and exploring data through a qualitative and personal approach. Personally, the Collective has raised my self-esteem and shown me – as someone whose academic career halted due to mental illness and learning difficulties – that research is something everyone can be involved in. It's not all data analysis using dry graphs and models, but about real people's lives and qualitative data that we can all connect to and feel inspired by.”

For more information, please contact:

Chris White (Policy and Information Officer)

cwhite@mentalhealth.org.uk

[i] See Me (2015) Peer Research: A paper by Daria Biziewska and Gordon Johnston. Retrieved from www.seemescotland.org/media/7368/peer-research-in-mental-health-paper.pdf