Take part in the Advance Statements for Black African and Caribbean People!

The project has now reached Phase 2b in which you can help to co-produce the advance statement resource to help those that will use advance statements in the future have an easier process of creating an advance document.
Co-production workshop poster

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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: abigail.babatunde@kcl.ac.uk


More details can be found in the Participant Information Sheet below.

Participant Information Sheet

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