inspire, our initiative to encourage the involvement of local people in mental health research, launched in Suffolk on 31 October.
The event in Ipswich provided a great opportunity to meet Trust staff and current inspire members, and learn about new developments in mental health research. The new inspire research register was formally launched and visitors received the first issue of inspire's new newsletter, inspire you. Key speakers discussed the ways in which public, patient and carer involvement has supported their research. Dr Jo Hodgekins, a clinical lecturer at UEA, spoke about the value of involving young people in mental health research.
Tim Anderson and Emma Kirkham described how patient involvement is helping them to research data from their lithium database. Sarah Heneker, a research associate at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust service users have helped her team to assess the benefits of Protected Engagement Time for a study that includes the Trust. Alex Ocampo captured everyone's attention when he described his reasons for joining inspire: "I want to use my experience as a service user to shape the future. I sit on the inspire youth panel and it’s a really positive experience. It's about turning negativity into positivity and taking part in shaping the future."Please click here for more information about inspire, or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org