In this article, consumer researchers share their experiences of being involved in a mental health project. The project followed the changes in three local community mental health organisations over two years. The consumers were involved in conducting focus groups and interviews, analysing the data and writing-up and presenting the results.
The consumer researchers said they personally benefited from being involved. It helped their recovery to be working again. They gained new skills and greater self-esteem. They gained support from their peers, learned to have more compassion for other consumers, and became more aware of the kinds of changes needed in the mental health system.
They thought that their involvement contributed to the research findings and processes by:
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Date Entered: 2009/01/28
Date Edited: 2012/11/20