Abstract: This commentary describes a six day mental health festival which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia in November 2018. The festival was organised and delivered by patients, family members, clinicians and academics with the aim of improving knowledge of mental health amongst attendees, agreeing future research priorities and encouraging involvement in mental health research in Indonesia. Festival activities included film screenings, public lectures, exercise classes, arts activities and question and answer sessions with people with personal experience of mental health problems. The festival included 18 different events, which were attended by 737 people. Eighty-seven service users, carers, academics and health professionals also engaged in a research prioritisation exercise to collaboratively determine mental health research priorities for Indonesia. We looked at anonymous evaluation data collected by the organising committee to see how useful people thought the festival had been. 92% thought the festival was good or excellent and people who attended the festival felt it had increased their understanding of mental health issues and most people felt they were more likely to get involved in mental health research in the future. Key strengths of the festival included the central role of patients, family members and the local community in the design and delivery of the festival. Suggestions for improvements for future festivals included having bigger festivals so more people could attend, trying to encourage more men and older people to attend to maximise benefit and to evaluate the festival in more detailed way (e.g. looking specifically at whether people’s behaviour changed after the festival). Working closely with patient and public representatives we also developed a film documenting festival activities which can be found here: https://stream.liv.ac.uk/cp3uchyb.
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Categories: health Identifying topics, prioritising and commissioning impact on research impact of public involvement journal article
Date Entered: 2019/12/02
Date Edited: 2019/12/02