Synergi secures public engagement grant

The Synergi Collaborative Centre has been awarded £10,000 from The Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) at Queen Mary University of London in the Large Grants 2017 competition.

Designed to support existing or innovative public engagement initiatives, The CPE awards projects that engage Queen Mary University of London’s surrounding communities and promotes opportunities for disadvantaged individuals in society. The aim is to harness the voices and co-produce knowledge with these communities to generate wider benefit.

Synergi’s public engagement project is entitled ‘Visual Reflections of Mental Health: Realities of Severe Mental Illness for Ethnic Minority People and Those Involved in Their Care’. The project will use innovative features, such as digital photographs to elucidate the lived experience of illness and treatment from the perspectives of ethnic minority people with mental illness, their carers and healthcare professionals.

The project will bring together all voices and views to co-produce the evidence on what drives ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness, in pathways into care, and how to reduce them. By placing personal accounts at the heart of any analysis, the project aims to empower disadvantaged communities and uncover often hidden and unexplored issues around ethnic inequalities in mental health.

By Dr Kristoffer Halvorsrud