We are looking as part of the major Wellcome Trust-funded Mental Health and Justice project to recruit eight people with personal experience of mental health problems to join a London based Service User Advisory Group (SUAG) for a new study entitled ‘Mental Health and Justice’. The study is about understanding what legal and other support people with mental health problems need to lead full and independent lives. If you would like more information please view the full advert here. Download the Application form here.
By way of an overview of the project, the research will address the central dilemma in mental health, ethics and law: the tension between protecting a person and respecting their decision making. As law in this area commits to human rights and as the international dimension presses, sharp new challenges are arising. The project focuses on two fundamental concepts – support in decision-making and decision-making ability. The study is made up of a number of different ‘work streams’, focusing on: exploring and facilitating decision-making support, both nationally and internationally; advance directives; insight; metacognition; contested capacity assessment.
Overall, the collaboration involves leading clinical experts, lawyers, philosophers, neuroscientists and social scientists in a research network that will be delivering practical guidelines, enhancing policy engagement, advancing interdisciplinary working and developing innovation in service-user involvement in research and public engagement.
The deadline for applying is 6 January 2017.