Invitation & Summary – What is the purpose of this project?
You are invited to take part in this project about Advance Statements for Black African and Caribbean people.
An Advance Statement is a document that allows a service user to have a say in how they wish to be treated in the future if they become mentally unwell and are detained under the Mental Health Act. Advance Statements are normally made when a person is feeling mentally well and living in the community. Advance Statements can be made with the help of others such as, family/friends, mental health professionals such as their doctor or care coordinator, and people independent of their care such as an advocate.
The Advance Statements Project is a research project aimed at ensuring Advance Statements will work for Black African and Caribbean service users who have previously been detained under the Mental Health Act, carers/supporters and mental health staff. The aim is to work directly with people from these groups to develop:
- a process for the completing of advance statements that is acceptable and workable for all service users, carers, and mental health staff.
- the usage of these Advance Statements at times of mental health crisis
Who can take part?
This phase of the project aims to use recommendations from Phase 1 and 2a to co-produce the new advance statement resource. You can take part if you are over 16 years old, can speak English sufficiently, and:
- You have been previously detained under the Mental Health Act and identify as being Black British or of Black African or Caribbean heritage (including mixed ethnicity).
- Are a carer/supporter of someone who is Black British, or of Black African or Caribbean heritage and has previously been detained under the Mental Health Act.
- A member of staff/who is likely to be involved in the advance statements process i.e., community mental health team staff, advocate, peer worker, emergency department, an approved mental health professional, a General Practitioner, or an approved doctor.
Phase 2b: Co-production Workshops
When: Friday 10th June 2-4.30pm (in-person)
Where: Seminar Room 2, David Goldberg Centre, 18 De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF (near Maudsely Hospital)
Who: Black service users, carers/ supporters and mental health staff.
A £50 voucher will be provided to Black service users and carers/ supports who attend.
To join, please email the research team at: email@example.com