The impact of COVID-19 on people living with psychosocial disabilities in Ghana and Indonesia and priorities for inclusive recovery

Lead Research Organisation: King's College London
Department Name: Social Science, Health and Medicine

Abstract

Context
In many poorer countries mental health is neglected and people with serious conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder experience stigma and human rights abuses. In the last ten years countries like Ghana and Indonesia have worked hard to improve access to mental health services and prevent human rights abuses. People with lived experience of mental health conditions have started to talk openly about their experiences and advocate for change. Sadly, the global COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse this progress. Ghana and Indonesia still have few mental health services and during the pandemic it has become difficult for people to access support and care. In addition, many people with serious mental health conditions find it hard to get work and this has become even more difficult. Family caregivers, often women, may have to struggle alone without any of the usual supports from family, friends and the community. This is likely to worsen the physical and mental health of people with mental health conditions and make it harder for them to exercise their right to be included in society. This project will train people with lived experience of mental health problems in Ghana and Indonesia to work alongside the researchers to find out how the pandemic and government responses have affected people living in poor urban and rural communities. This includes how it has impacted on work, relationships, mental and physical health and access to health services and support. We will also find out what has helped people with mental health conditions during the pandemic, such as support from family, friends and religious groups. We will use this to develop guidelines on how plans for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic can include people with mental health conditions and protect their human rights.

Aims and objectives
Aim: To understand the impact of COVID-19 on people with serious mental health conditions in Ghana and Indonesia and inform guidelines to include them in recovery plans.
Objectives:
A) We will use our research to provide evidence on the following:
i) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and government responses on the health, relationships, daily life and livelihoods of people with severe mental health conditions in low- and middle-income countries
ii) The consequences of the pandemic and government responses for the human rights of people with mental health conditions, including forced treatment and use of physical restraints
iii) Sources of support used by people with mental health problems and their families during the pandemic
iv) The best ways to include people with lived experience of mental health conditions in research, advocacy, and developing policies for recovery
B) To use evidence from the two countries to develop guidelines to include people with mental health conditions in plans for recovery which protect their human rights

Potential applications and benefits
This research will provide evidence on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people with mental health conditions and their families in poorer countries and what has helped them to adapt and recover. The findings will be used to develop a report which will be shared with policy makers, charities, mental health services and other relevant people and can be used to develop plans for recovery which take into account the needs of people with mental health conditions and their families. The training materials will be made freely available to train people with lived experience of mental health conditions as researchers. This project will provide valuable information on how to involve people with mental health conditions living in poorer countries as researchers and enable them to contribute to plans which affect them. This will help to make sure that plans and policies are relevant to the needs and priorities of the people they affect.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title Alhassan's story 
Description This short-film is the outcome of the intensive participatory video workshop facilitated by the Co-I Erminia Colucci and her Erasmus mentee Sara Haragonics held in Ghana to disseminate the preliminary research findings and collect further data. This participatory video was created and filmed by the study participants and peer-researchers. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2022 
Impact The film has just been completed but was already watched by over 80 participants at the conference 'Disability and Covid-19: International conference on disability and Development, Mar 2022, LSHTM London 
URL https://movie-ment.org/
 
Title God Will Protect Us: Alhassan's Story 
Description Participatory video co-produced with people with lived experience of serious mental illness and caregivers illustrating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with psychosocial disabilities in Ghana. Describes the impact of the pandemic on religious worship and social relationships. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2023 
Impact Participatory video was shared with research participants and stakeholders in Tamale, Ghana in February 2023 and used for discussion on the role of faith in recovery and social inclusion and support needs of people living with mental illness 
 
Title Life has Tested Me: Rashida's Story 
Description Participatory video co-produced with people with lived experience of serious mental illness and caregivers describing experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on livelihoods and access to treatment and care and how the person was able to access support and treatment. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2023 
Impact Participatory video was shared with research participants and stakeholders in Tamale, Ghana in February 2023 and used for discussion on livelihood opportunities, family support and support needs for social inclusion of people living with mental illness 
 
Title Radio dramas 
Description Four radio dramas co-produced with people living with serious mental illness and writers and performers from Lododo Art and the University of Ghana in Ga, Twi and English. The dramas describe experiences of discrimination and stigma and support from friends and family 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2023 
Impact The Ga language dramas were broadcast on a leading Ga radio station in Ghana followed by discussions and phone-in with the public. People with lived experience, mental health advocates and a psychologist participated in the broadcasts to provide context for the dramas and respond to questions from the public. 
 
Description New research methods - peer research and participatory video
As part of this research we trained four people with lived experience of mental health conditions in each country to work as co-researchers alongside the university research team. To our knowledge this was the first time this approach had been used in Ghana and Indonesia. Through this process we learned about the potential of peer research in these contexts as well as important issues to consider, such as how to provide fair remuneration and how to support people during the research process. Peer researchers told us that they valued the opportunity to be involved in research and that they were able to show empathy and understand people's experiences from the inside. However we also learned that participatory methods need time and flexibility which is not always considered in research timelines and budgets. We learned that training was needed for both the university researchers and the peer researchers to work successfully together and provide support and adaptations when needed. We learned it is vital to consider the well-being of peer researchers and the research team as a whole and build in time for debriefing, reflection and support. There is also a risk of overburdening people as lived experience experts, particularly where there are fewer people who are open about their diagnosis and suitably qualified to act as peer researchers.

We also used participatory video in this research where people with lived experience of mental health conditions and caregivers worked together to produce filmed stories to illustrate the research findings. We found that people engaged well with this method, including women who had limited literacy. The story-telling was a powerful method of conveying people's experience of the pandemic and it's impact on their lives.

Partnerships with arts-based organisations
This research developed a successful collaboration with an arts-based organisation in Ghana - Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art - which is based in the northern region, one of the poorest areas of Ghana. This institution had not previously engaged with issues around mental health and had very limited knowledge in this area. The partnership provided an opportunity for artists to learn more about mental health and consider how art could be used for advocacy and exploring people's experiences through arts-based methods. It also enabled people with mental health conditions to make use of the gallery spaces, promoting diversity and inclusion within arts-based organisations.

Conducting training and research remotely
We learned about the advantages and disadvantages of conducting international research projects remotely. Online platforms could create an equitable space for members of the research team to meet. However inequalities in internet access could disrupt this. The UK and Indonesia experienced few connection difficulties but at times the Ghana team were not able to fully take part in online sessions due to weak internet connection, particularly when in rural areas.

Research findings on impact of COVID-19
The impact of COVID-19 was very different in the two contexts in terms of the spread of infection and death rates with Indonesia experiencing much higher infection, deaths and greater restrictions to control the virus. Despite these differences in both countries the pandemic had a significant impact on the cost of living and access to mental health care. People with mental illness who were already isolated experienced
Exploitation Route The lessons learned from our experience of working with peer researchers and using participatory video will be of value to other researchers and civil society organisations who are considering using participatory methods. We are sharing our experiences with academics and civil society organisations through workshops, presentations and publications. The peer researchers have also made videos reflecting on their experience which will be made freely available online.

The participatory videos and the summary report which is being developed will be shared with communities and stakeholders including policy makers, health managers and ministries of health to illustrate the impact of the pandemic on people with psychosocial disabilities and sources of support. This will be valuable in advocacy and campaigning for the needs of people with psychosocial disabilities to be considered in recovery planning.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy

Healthcare

Government

Democracy and Justice

URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i-JnPDFMF4
 
Description Societal and economic impact: We have developed the capacity of people with psychosocial disabilities to be involved in the co-production of research in 2 DAC listed countries - Indonesia and Ghana. This is the first time that people with severe mental illness have been trained to work as co-researchers in these countries. The training materials and lessons learned from this have been shared with other researchers and the peer researchers made short videos reflecting on their experiences which have been posted online as part of the YouTube channel hosted by one of the peer researchers. The findings were shared with members of the research network to contribute towards the UN PRPD guidelines for inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through co-production workshops we created participatory videos based on the study findings and lived experience narratives of people living with psychosocial disabilities and family caregivers. These have been used to engage stakeholders and the general public with the study findings on the impact of COVID-19 on people with psychosocial disabilities in Ghana and Indonesia. The participatory videos have also been widely used for training in participatory visual methods and as examples of participatory action research for students, practitioners, lived experience groups and researchers in the UK, Ghana, Indonesia and Ethiopia. The experience of training peer researchers is being used to inform participatory research training for people with lived experience in Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya for a new NIHR project on homelessness and serious mental illness (HOPE). The peer researchers in Ghana were employed on an ESRC impact acceleration grant to co-facilitate a series of film screenings and discussions in three locations in Ghana (Accra, Tamale and Nkoranza) to engage participants and community stakeholders with the study findings and outputs. Two of the Ghana peer researchers also took part in a participatory research group to develop radio dramas on lived experience of mental illness with writers and performers from Lododo Art Foundation and the School of Performing Art at the University of Ghana. The dramas were broadcast on a Ga language radio station in Ghana and followed by a phone in discussion with members of the public. Peer researchers have also made active use of their research experience and the study findings and outputs in their own advocacy work, for example presenting to policy makers and practitioners at the Mental Health Authority Ghana conference on their experience as peer researchers and through social media channels. Two peer researchers trained through the project have been recruited as lived experience experts for research on the use of creative arts for mental health advocacy in Ghana and Indonesia which was funded by an AHRC international network grant. This has strengthened their skills in mental health research and advocacy and their international networks, particularly with people with lived experience in Indonesia and the UK, and they are now working with the team to co-develop a paper for publication describing the lessons learned from their involvement. The peer researchers were funded by the grant to attend our British Academy writing workshop to develop their academic writing skills. SDGs: These activities are contributing towards meeting SDG 3 Health and Wellbeing, SDG 8 Decent Work, SDG 11 Reduced inequalities and SDG 16 for peace, justice and strong institutions. Enhancing the inclusion of people with lived experience in mental health research and advocacy in the two countries and beyond will help to promote greater inclusion of people with serious mental illness and support their economic and social participation in their communities. This will in turn enhance the health and well-being of people with mental illness and their families. Gender: We have involved women in our activities both in peer research (we recruited 2 female peer researchers in each country) and the research team. Indeed women are over-represented with our research teams in Ghana, Indonesia and the UK whic consist exclusively of women. This is important in building capacity since in Ghana and Indonesia there is significant gender inequalities with men dominating leadership positions in research and mental health non-governmental organisations.
First Year Of Impact 2023
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Healthcare
Impact Types Cultural

Societal

Policy & public services

 
Description British Academy Writing Workshop - training for peer researchers
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Increasing the skills and confidence of people with lived experience of mental illness in writing for publication.
 
Description Engaging peer-researchers in co-facilitation of participatory video workshop
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The peer-researcher learnt new skills and those involved in the project as storytellers or audience improved knowledge and attitudes towards mental health issues and ability for people with lived experience of severe mental illness to develop and produce a short film.
 
Description Influenced training of Psychology students
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact PG students and interns have to apply the acquired skills to produce their own mental health visual output for public engagement
 
Description Teaching for global mental health students - Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King's College London
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Training for research teams for NIHR HOPE project in Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Increased awareness of how mental health workers and healers can collaborate, improved knowledge of participatory research methods and peer research Training delivered to about 20 participants from Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya including members of service user groups with lived experience, PhD students and early career researchers, NGO employees working in mental health
 
Description Training of mental health peer researchers
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Writing workshop Universitas Gadjah Mada - participatory video screening
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description workshops on arts-based and visual methods
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact All participants in the workshop were successful in developing and/or producing a visual project, including participatory-based.
 
Description workshops on arts-based and visual methods in Psychology
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact by the end of the workshop, all participants were able to make a plan about how to integrate visual methods in an existing project they were responsible for.
 
Description Arts and Humanities Impact Fund
Amount £2,394 (GBP)
Funding ID G.MRHF.0005 
Organisation University of Warwick 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2022 
End 07/2023
 
Description British Academy Qualitative and Visual Mental Health Research in Ghana and Indonesia International Writing Workshops
Amount £29,940 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2022 
End 03/2024
 
Description Developing a network for mutual learning on the potential of creative arts for mental health advocacy and activism in Ghana and Indonesia
Amount £87,186 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/X009637/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2023 
End 07/2024
 
Description ESRC Impact Acceleration Account
Amount £5,812 (GBP)
Funding ID G.MRHW.0701 
Organisation University of Warwick 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2022 
End 03/2023
 
Description NIHR Global Health Research Group on Homeless People with severe mental illness in Africa (HOPE)
Amount £1,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NIHR134325 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2022 
End 02/2025
 
Description UKRI/AHRC GCRF Urgency Grants Scheme Highlight Notice for Innovation Awards / Case Studies on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities
Amount £95,423 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/V013548/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2021 
End 07/2021
 
Title Adapting participatory video methodology as research data collection and dissemination tool 
Description To the best of our knowledge, participatory video for mental health research had not been used in Ghana before. We developed an innovative methodological approach to work with peer-researchers to develop a qualitative analysis thematic mapping that formed the basis for developing participatory videos with the participants during a three days intensive workshop aimed to both create case studies for finding dissemination while also eliciting and collecting additional data. In Indonesia, this workshop took place in an hybrid way which was also an innovation and required further adaptations of the tool. In addition to releasing the videos at conferences and similar events and on our social media and website channels, we will write an article or book chapter to make these tools available to others. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The three research teams (UK, Ghana and Indonesia) -comprising also (gender equal) peer-researchers with experience of mental health issues- acquired new skills including co-facilitation of participatory videos, developing a story-board and use of audio-visual equipment. 
 
Title Lived experience peer research 
Description Ongoing involvement with people with lived experience of mental illness from Ghana and Indonesia as researchers - they are employed as lived experience experts in research, evaluation and engagement activities in Ghana and Indonesia. They also working with the research team to co-produce research outputs including academic publications, guidelines, conference presentations and public engagement events. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2023 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Increasing confidence and experience of peer researchers from DAC listed countries in contributing to research and research outputs. We have adapted methods used to train peer researchers in other DAC countries (e.g. with SUCCEED in Nigeria and Uganda) to our work with lived experience researchers in Ghana and Indonesia. Lessons learned from training and working with peer researchers in Ghana and Indonesia have been applied to other projects where people with lived experience of mental illness are part of the research team, including the NIHR Homelessness and Mental Health in Africa project (HOPE). This includes approaches to working more equitably with people with lived experiences and considerations for safeguarding and ethics. Training materials which were used for training the peer researchers were also adapted for use on HOPE. 
 
Title Participatory arts-based methods with people with lived experience of mental illness 
Description We have experimented with various participatory arts-based methods to research lived experience of mental illness, promote understanding and advocate for social inclusion and human rights. This includes film, drama (including radio drama), music, dance, visual arts, batik, poetry and spoken word. We have explored the relevance of different methods in different cultural contexts in Ghana and Indonesia. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2023 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Radio dramas were broadcast to audiences on a popular local Ga language radio station in Ghana followed by a phone-in with members of the public. The dramas were broadcast on Obonu FM for a show focused on disability rights and inclusion which is on air during the peak drive-time. Various experts in mental health including people with lived experience, psychologists, mental health NGO workers took part in the phone-in to answer listeners' questions. Participatory videos which described lived experience of mental illness in Ghana and Indonesia have also been played to diverse audiences including members of the public and policy makers. Lessons learned through the use of these participatory arts-based methods have been as used as teaching and training materials for students of psychology, medicine and global health and research teams in several countries (e.g. as part of NIHR HOPE in Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya, global health students at Warwick Medical School). 
 
Title Peer research 
Description We trained people with lived experience of mental health conditions to work as peer researchers. To our knowledge this is the first time this method has been used in Ghana and Indonesia in relation to metnal health research. This approaches improves research infrastructure by bringing peer research into mental health research in the two countries and providing evidence on the methodology, benefits and risks of this approach and training, ethical, safeguarding and support needs. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact People with lived experience of mental health conditions from Ghana and Indonesia were trained in qualitative research methods and took part in recruiting participants, conducting interviews and data analysis as well as creating case study narratives and dissemination of research findings. Mental health advocacy organisations and academic researchers in the two countries were exposed to this method, what is needed to implement this approach effectively and its benefits for mental health research and advocacy 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i-JnPDFMF4&t=1570s
 
Title Peer researcher training materials 
Description Peer researcher training materials including PowerPoint presentations, peer researcher handbook and SOPs 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Peer researcher training materials shared with other researchers in the network 
 
Title Topic guides co-developed through participatory methods 
Description Developed topic guides to explore the impact of COVID-19 on people with severe mental illness. Topic guides were developed with input from participatory action research workshops with people with psychosocial disabilities and caregivers. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Topic guides were successfully used by research team and peer researchers to identify impacts of the pandemic on people with serious mental illness 
 
Title Participant database and qualitative research interviews 
Description Anonymised database of people with mental health conditions, caregivers and stakeholders in Ghana and Indonesia Interview transcripts from qualitative interviews with people with mental health conditions, caregivers and stakeholders in Ghana and Indonesia 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Thematic analysis of interviews identified impact of COVID-19 on people with psychosocial disabilities in Ghana and Indonesia and will inform planning for inclusive recovery. Themes were used to develop narratives for participatory videos and a report which will be published and distributed. 
 
Title Participatory data analysis 
Description Participatory workshop to conduct thematic analysis of interviews with people with psychosocial disabilities, caregivers and stakeholders with peer researchers 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This was the first time that participatory analysis of this kind has been conducted with people with psychosocial disabilities in Ghana and Indonesia. This will provide valuable lessons in this approach which can be applied in other settings. 
 
Description Academic collaboration University of Ghana 
Organisation University of Ghana
Department Department of Psychology
Country Ghana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Recruited co-investigator and established academic collaboration with department of psychology, University of Ghana. Developed research proposal drawing on research experience in Ghana and knowledge of national and international policy relating to rights and mental health. Recruited junior researchers to work as research assistants on the project and commenced induction and training.
Collaborator Contribution Professor Joseph Osafo and Dr Lily Kpobi contributed expertise gained through research with traditional and faith healers in Ghana Provided office space and access to research support at University of Ghana.
Impact Development of research grant proposal, ethics approval from Ghana Health Service, engagement with local stakeholders to form advisory group. Two further successful research grant proposals submitted with Dr Lily Kpobi and Dr Sarah Dorgbazi, School of Performing Arts who co-facilitated our advisory group - please see further funding. Other collaborations with scholars at Birkbeck University
Start Year 2018
 
Description COVID-19 disability network 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have been part of a network of research teams co-ordinated by Dina Kirwan and Vera Kubenz at the School of Education at the University of Birmingham conducting participatory research on the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities in several countries. We have participated in regular network meetings online. We have contributed our expertise from conducting research in the contexts of Ghana and Indonesia, using participatory methods, including participatory visual and arts-based methods, and conducting research on mental health. This included methodological, ethical and safeguarding considerations, as well as cultural knowledge and local policy context. We have contributed multi-disciplinary perspectives in terms of theory and methods from anthropology, visual/arts-based methods and psychology. We shared updates on the study progress and findings and learning from the research at the network meetings. We organised an online session with four of the research teams in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ukraine on working with people with disabilities as co-researchers as part of a case study workshop hosted by the network. We also contributed learning on conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting methods.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the research teams shared their expertise in participatory methods and conducting research with people with disabilities, including how to make research accessible for people with different disabilities and how to conduct a situation analysis. Members of other research teams shared training materials for training peer researchers which we adapted for training peer researchers from our project and we learned from the experiences of the other teams throughout the research process. We also learned from participatory arts-based methods employed by other teams and on ways to adapt our approach for conducting research with people with disabilties during the COVID-19 pandemic -for example remote data collection methods including telephone/online interviews
Impact Workshop on Innovative methods for researching disability and COVID-19 in the Global South - created and facilitated a session on working with people with disabilities as co-researchers with research teams from Uganda, Ghana, Indonesia, Ukraine and Zimbabwe. Multi-disciplinary involving researchers with expertise in development, anthropology, social science, law, psychology and disability studies. Presentations with other projects on as part of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine International International Centre for Evidence on Disability conference. Multi-disciplinary as above. Contributed to development of the UNPRPD situation analysis framework led by Dr Vera Kubenz for for a disability-inclusive recovery from COVID-19 by providing comments and feedback informed by our research and expertise. Multi-disciplinary - psychology and anthropology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Collaboration with Centre for Public Mental Health, Universitas Gadjah Mada 
Organisation Gadjah Mada University
Country Indonesia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developing research partnership, building on research collaboration for ESRC Together for Mental Health project. Training and mentoring in working with peer researchers and participatory video
Collaborator Contribution Developing the research proposal Training, supervising and mentoring peer researchers Working with local advocacy organisations to identify suitable peer researchers Liaising with partners Organisation and facilitation of workshops Organisation of field work Data collection - recruitment, consent, interviews Supervision of research team Data analysis Writing reports and papers Presenting research findings
Impact Participatory workshops Participatory videos Training and workshops for peer researchers Conference presentation - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ICED Workshop as part of COVID-19 and disability network and short filmed interview on experiences of working as a researcher Multi-disciplinary - participatory film, psychology and social science
Start Year 2021
 
Description Collaboration with Middlesex University 
Organisation Middlesex University
Department Department of Psychology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developing the research proposal Introduction to research team and arts-based and NGO partners in Ghana Guidance on adapting participatory video method to the Ghanaian context Organisation of workshops and liaison with partners
Collaborator Contribution Designing and facilitating participatory video workshops Co-facilitating participatory anaylsis workshops Analysis of research data Dissemination of research findings Developing research report and publications
Impact Participatory videos with people with psychosocial disabilities in Ghana and Indonesia Analysis of interviews Draft of country reports and research paper Presentations at case study workshop and LSHTM ICED conference Multi-disciplinary - psychology, anthropology, participatory film-making
Start Year 2021
 
Description Collaboration with Middlesex University, UK 
Organisation Middlesex University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leading on development of research proposal Co-developing creative outputs and public engagement activities Leading development of international network on using arts in mental health advocacy Co-authoring academic papers
Collaborator Contribution Co-development of research proposal - co-investigator, Prof Erminia Colucci Link to collaborators at the Centre for Public Mental Health, Universitas Gadjah Mada Co-development of creative outputs and public engagement activities Participation in network on using arts for mental health advocacy Introduction to experts in creative practice in mental health, for example as members of the project steering committee Co-authoring academic papers
Impact British Academy grant funding for writing workshops attended by peer researchers and co-led with Dr Lily Kpobi, University of Ghana A Visual Symphony for Global Mental Health - performance for stakeholders in Indonesia (March 2024) Meeting with local parliament and stakeholders in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and presentation of lived experience narratives by people with lived experience of mental illness. Multi-disciplinary collaboration - psychology, anthropology
Start Year 2023
 
Description Collaboration with Queen Mary University of London 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to research and debate on spirituality and mental health and understandings of mental illness and intellectual disability in Ghana, in particularly providing insights from research in Ghana and anthropological theory. Analysis and writing up of research findings Developing and conducting roundtable event on spirituality and mental health, inviting speakers from research projects (including Dr Lily Kpobi and Agus Sugianto) Participating as speaker in roundtable event. Co-developing grant proposal with PI Dr Camillia Kong from QMUL and linking to colleagues in Ghana as Co-Is and partners.
Collaborator Contribution Funding flights and accomodation for international speakers to roundtable event in London (March 2023) and for analysis and writing with partners in Ghana (April 2023). Leading research and debate on spirituality and mental health and understandings of mental illness and intellectual disability in Ghana, particularly based on philosophical perspectives Organisation and funding for Enchanted Worlds roundtable event on spirituality and mental health Participating as speaker in roundtable event. Leading on development of an ERC grant application.
Impact Roundtable event on 30th March 2023 at QMUL Enchanted Worlds and Human Meaning: Interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue on spirituality and mental health. Presentations from international speakers including Lily Kpobi and Agus Sugianto from our research teams in Ghana and Indonesia. Multi-disciplinary collaboration across philosophy, anthropology, psychology, religious and cultural studies The event was attended by about 50 people - members of the public, academics, health practitioners.
Start Year 2022
 
Description Collaboration with University of Ghana 
Organisation University of Ghana
Department Department of Psychology
Country Ghana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Training in working with people with psychosocial disabilities as co-researchers Training in participatory methods including participatory video Development of partnerships with civil society organisations and arts organisations in Ghana
Collaborator Contribution Developing the research proposal Liaising with partners Training and mentoring peer researchers Organisation and facilitation of workshops Organisation of field work Data collection - recruitment, consent, interviews Supervision of research team Data analysis Writing reports and papers Presenting research findings
Impact Participatory workshops Participatory videos Training and workshops for peer researchers Conference presentation - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ICED Workshop as part of COVID-19 and disability network and short filmed interview on experiences of working as a researcher Multi-disciplinary - participatory film, psychology and social science
Start Year 2021
 
Description Panel for Ghana Studies Association 
Organisation Birkbeck, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developed a successful panel proposal on Mental Health in Ghana at a Crossroads which will be part of the Ghana Studies Association conference. Brought together researchers from my network to develop the proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed towards the development of the panel abstract and towards abstracts based on our various research collaborations
Impact Panel proposal accepted for the Ghana Studies Association conference in July 2022 Multi-disciplinary - history, psychology, anthropology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Panel for Ghana Studies Association 
Organisation Sapienza University of Rome
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developed a successful panel proposal on Mental Health in Ghana at a Crossroads which will be part of the Ghana Studies Association conference. Brought together researchers from my network to develop the proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed towards the development of the panel abstract and towards abstracts based on our various research collaborations
Impact Panel proposal accepted for the Ghana Studies Association conference in July 2022 Multi-disciplinary - history, psychology, anthropology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Panel for Ghana Studies Association 
Organisation University of Ghana
Country Ghana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developed a successful panel proposal on Mental Health in Ghana at a Crossroads which will be part of the Ghana Studies Association conference. Brought together researchers from my network to develop the proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed towards the development of the panel abstract and towards abstracts based on our various research collaborations
Impact Panel proposal accepted for the Ghana Studies Association conference in July 2022 Multi-disciplinary - history, psychology, anthropology
Start Year 2021
 
Description Partnership with KPSI 
Organisation Komunitas Peduli Skizofrenia Indonesia
Country Indonesia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Training in working with people with psychosocial disabilities as co-researchers Training in participatory video and other participatory approaches
Collaborator Contribution -Support with identifying, recruiting and training peer researchers -Connecting the research team with networks and peer support groups of people with lived experience of mental illness and caregivers -Recruiting participants for interviews and workshops -Sharing expertise in effectively engaging local communities and stakeholders, including persons with experience of mental illness, families, community leaders, policy makers and traditional and faith healers, and providing introductions and collaboration through our networks -Providing advice on the legal and policy framework in Indonesia and best practices for advocacy nationally and internationally, specifically in relation to disability rights and mental health -Providing contacts with local policy makers and advice on how to communicate research findings -Providing advice on links with local media and other outlets for promoting the research to audiences in Indonesia and in the mental health/development sector -Co-facilitating workshops to co-produce the research methods and outputs -Co-producing the report and disseminating the report to relevant stakeholders
Impact Peer researcher training materials Participatory analysis Participatory videos Multi-disciplinary - development, psychology, social science, participatory film-makingPeer researcher training
Start Year 2021
 
Description Partnership with McPin 
Organisation McPin Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Introductions to international research teams in Ghana and Indonesia Guidance in adaptation of peer research method to context in each location, including cultural, logistical, structural considerations Support in developing and delivering training
Collaborator Contribution Expert consultancy in training and safeguarding of peer researchers in Ghana and Indonesia. Advice and guidance on development of peer researcher training materials and safeguarding guidelines Input into online delivery of peer researcher training
Impact Development of peer researcher training materials
Start Year 2021
 
Description Partnership with the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest 
Organisation University of Theatre and Film Arts
Country Hungary 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project PI has established a partnership between Middlesex University and this Institution and formally take on a mentorship role for this Erasmus+ internship providing several opportunities to learn about using participatory video and other visual research approaches in mental health and human rights work
Collaborator Contribution they have provided financial support for the PhD student/intern for one year. The student has worked closely with the team, under the mentor's supervision, to contribute to several visual outputs
Impact Interdisciplinary (film studies, cultural psychology, medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry) - adapt participatory visual methodologies -editing ethnographic documentary footage for short-films - co-authored methodological paper drafts for publication
Start Year 2021
 
Description 'Successful international grants application: sharing lessons with the experts' workshop at Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Learnings about applying and carrying out the Together for Mental Health and Covid-19 projects were shared with a broad range of audiences from across Indonesia, who had to apply the learnings by presenting a short grant proposal on a provided template.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Arts-based and visual methods workshop (14 hours) at Universitas Airlangga (Surabaya, Indonesia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Intensive workshop aimed to learn how to use arts-based and visual method for mental health research. Participants were presented several examples of visual outputs, including from the Together for Mental Health and Covid-19 projects, and methodological informations and where then asked to apply the learning by developing and presenting a visual research group project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Conference presentation- Disability and Covid-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation of the methodology used by the participatory video co-facilitators (Colucci & Haragonics) during the workshops held in Ghana and Indonesia 'Using participatory video to explore stories about the impact of Covid-19 on people with psychosocial disabilities in Ghana and Indonesia' at the Disability and Covid-19: International conference on disability and Development, 15-17 Mar 2022, LSHTM London, which sparked interest on participatory video methodology in the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Film screening and discussion Accra, Ghana 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Screening of documentary Nkabom: A Little Medicine, A Little Prayer at St Barnabas Anglican Church, Osu, Accra, Ghana.
The event was co-hosted with Mindfreedom Ghana.
32 people attended including members of the public, church members, representatives of mental health advocacy groups, people with lived experience of mental illness, caregivers, research participants and local media.
The screening was followed by a discussion which was primarily in the Ga language. This involved questions and active discussion with the audience on the potential of collaboration with healers for mental health care, protecting the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities, how to access mental health support and reducing stigma. The discussion was co-facilitated by peer researchers with lived experience who had been trained as part of our research on the impact of COVID-19 on people with psychosocial disabilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Film screening and discussion Nkoranza, Ghana 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Screening of documentary Nkabom: A Little Medicine, A Little Prayer in Nkoranza, Ghana.
30 people attended including participants from the research (traditional healers, church leader, people with lived experience of mental illness, mental health workers, social worker, community philanthropist) and other stakeholders (local government, mental health workers/trainees and NGOs).
The screening was followed by a discussion which was primarily in the Twi language. This involved questions and active discussion with the audience on collaboration with healers for mental health care, protecting the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities, how to access mental health support and reducing stigma. The discussion was co-facilitated by peer researchers with lived experience who had been trained as part of our research on the impact of COVID-19 on people with psychosocial disabilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Ghana Studies Association conference 18-20 July 2022. Panel: Mental Health in Ghana at the Crossroads 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Panel on mental health convened as part of Ghana Studies Association conference. Featured academics, students and practitioners from diverse disciplines from across Ghana and internationally
Panel was co-hosted with research collaborators Dr Sarah Marks (Birkbeck) and Dr Lily Kpobi (University of Ghana) with Cecila Draicchio (Sapienza, Rome) and featured findings from several research projects.
Presentations:
Healing at the crossroads: Collaborations between mental health workers and traditional and faith-based healers in Ghana with Lily Kpobi (University of Ghana)
Representation at a crossroads: challenges and opportunities for lived experience engagement in mental health in Ghana
Therapy at the crossroads: tracing the emergence of psychological therapies in Ghana with Sarah Marks (Birkbeck) and Lily Kpobi (University of Ghana)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL http://ghanastudies.com/announcements/gsa-triennial-conferences/tamale-triennial/
 
Description Innovative methods for researching disability and COVID-19 in the Global South Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop session on working with people with disabilities as co-researchers. Featured short films made by peer researchers from the project reflecting on their experiences. Mixed audience of academics, third sector organisations and people with lived exeperience of mental illness. Part of workshop organised by GCRF network Disability Under Siege.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovative-methods-for-researching-disability-covid19-in-the-global-s...
 
Description International Visual Methods Conference, Rome, 29-31th May 2023 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact For the International Visual Methods Conference I held a number of events, workshops and presentations linked to three UKRI-funded projects:
1- Colucci E. 'Participatory visual methods in activist mental health research';
2-Colucci E. & Haragonics S. 'Participatory Video in mental health research in Ghana and Indonesia" (panel);
3- Smit J., Marzano L. & Colucci E. 'Using arts-based and visual methods as part of a mixed-methods study into what we can learn from Further and Higher Education students' lived experiences of attempted suicide;
4-Colucci E. & Hansen S. Workshop: 'Visual Psychology';
5- Smit J. & Colucci E. Workshop: 'Using arts-based and visual methods to empower and understand lived experiences related to mental health, exploring barriers and challenging perceptions in research and practice';
6-Smit J., Marzano L. & Colucci E. Exhibition: 'Unspoken'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://ivmc8.visualmethods.info/
 
Description Invited keynote and Film-screening with Q&A for the Qualitative Research in Mental Health Conference, Budapest, Hungary, Aug 31-Sep 2 2023 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave an Invited keynote titled 'Co-produced and participatory visual methods in cultural and global mental health research' and held an invited pre-conference workshop: 'Co-produced and participatory visual methods in cultural and global mental health research';
during the conference, I also held Film-screening with Q&A of our research film: Harmoni: Healing Together
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL http://qrmh9.com/
 
Description Mad in America podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Podcast for Mad In America - discussed research activities and findings, methodological and theoretical approaches, ethical issues
Mad in America is a well-regarded mental health advocacy/activist group - podcast was widely shared on social media and podcast platforms (e.g. Spotify) and posted on the Mad in America Twitter feed and webpage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/08/rights-based-mental-health-social-exclusion-interview-ursula-re...
 
Description Online Summer Course: Using Visual Research Methods for Mental Health Advocacy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact It was part of big event with around 20 spekers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.instagram.com/p/CuHLoeUSJRB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
 
Description Participatory Action Research workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Conducted a Participatory Action workshop to engage with service users, caregivers and other stakeholders to refine the research methods and context. The participants provided information which helped to shape our approach to fieldwork and analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Participatory Video workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact Study participants, peer researchers and research team participated in a participatory video workshop where they learned about the method, and developed case studies to produce two participatory videos about thematic areas related to the research findings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Participatory video screening and discussion Tamale, Ghana 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Screening of participatory videos co-produced with people with lived experience of mental illness and caregivers in Tamale, Ghana.
29 people attended including participants from the research (people with lived experience of mental illness and caregivers), research partners (mental health workers, BasicNeeds Ghana, Mental Health Advocacy Foundation) and other stakeholders (media representatives, psychiatrist and mental health workers, mental health volunteers/advocates, people with lived experience, caregivers).
The screening was followed by a discussion with the audience. This involved questions and active discussion on the role of faith and places of worship for people with mental health conditions and their role in promoting social inclusion, how to support social inclusion through opportunities for work, how to access mental health support and reduce stigma. The discussion was co-facilitated by peer researchers with lived experience who had been trained as part of our research on the impact of COVID-19 on people with psychosocial disabilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Participatory video workshop with people with lived experience of mental illness and carers at Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact This intensive workshop was facilitated by Erminia Colucci and a PhD candidate Sara Haragonics and funded by the Centre for Public Mental Health. Over 3 days, people with lived experience and some carers were supported in developing small groups'short films about mental health using examples and guidance from the participatory videos produced as part of the Together for Mental Health and Covid-19 projects. The workshop concluded with the screening of the resulting 4 short-films, which are owned by the participants and will be posted on the Movie-ment.org channels after approval.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Presentation LSHTM ICED conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentations on participatory video workshops (including screening of first cut of a participatory video from Ghana) and on study findings on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health care to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine International Centre for Disability 6th international Conference on disability and development. This was attended by a mixed audience of people with disabilities, health practitioners, people working for disability organisations, researchers in disability, activists/advocates. The presentations were attended by peer researchers from the two countries as well as mental health practitioners. Audience members asked questions about the methods and findings and requested further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/events/6th-international-conference-disability-and-development-di...
 
Description Presentation at Mental Health Authority conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Dr. Annabella Osei-Tutu at the 1st Mental Health conference organised by the Mental Health Authority of Ghana on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health care as well as the experience of conducting peer research in Ghana
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at Mental Health Authority conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by one of our peer researchers at the national mental health conference to discuss experiences of inclusion and engagement by people with lived experience in mental health advocacy and research. This generated discussions on co-production and collaboration in mental health and the use of visual/arts-based methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation for Disability and Inclusion Africa Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Presentation with Lily Kpobi, Lionel Sakyi and Annabella Osei-Tutu, University of Ghana. Title: "I'm not a mad person, I have a disease': the emergence of biomedical framings of mental illness within mental health advocacy in Ghana - what is at stake?" at Alternative Explanations of Disability: Implications for Advocacy and Activism workshop organized by the Disability and Inclusion Africa Network. Engaged in online discussion with disability groups in Africa involved in the network and other participants from disabled people's organisations, researchers and advocacy groups. We have been invited to be involved in further events with the network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://dia-network.com/
 
Description Radio broadcast Obonu FM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ga language radio dramas which were co-produced by people with lived experience were broadcast on Obonu FM, a leading Ga radio station in Ghana, followed by discussions and phone-in with the public.
People with lived experience, mental health advocates and a psychologist participated in the broadcasts to provide context for the dramas and respond to questions from the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Radio interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Conducted radio interview together with Esenam Drah, peer researcher from the project, and Stephen Asante, mental health nurse, on Kesmi FM, Tamale Ghana. Discussed issues relating to mental health in Ghana and current research findings. Active interest from the radio presenter who later attended a screening of the film Nkabom: A Little Medicine, A Little Prayer, produced through our ESRC Together for Mental Health project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Radio interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio interview with peer researcher Esenam Drah and mental health nurse Stephen Asante on commercial radio station Zaa radio in Tamale, Ghana. Discussed issues around mental health in Ghana and the topic of our research - the impact of COVID-19 on people with mental illness in Ghana and the need for an inclusive approach
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Radio interview at Kesmi FM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Attended a radio interview together with a community mental health nurse at Kesmi FM in Tamale, Ghana to discuss mental health and the impact of COVID. Also discussed the advocacy work of his local organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Seminar and film screenings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of the CSEAS fellowship at Kyoto University, between Jan and March 2024, I held seminars and film screenings with Q&A at Kyoto University and Osaka National Ethnological Museum using visual outputs and learnings from UKRI-funded projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2024
URL https://kyoto.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/2024/?post_type=event
 
Description Session discussant and film screening 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was an invited discussant for a conference session and also held the film screening with discussion of one of this project's research film for the British Academy conference ''Public health after COVID: beliefs, religion and competing epistemologies', 26-27 May 2023, KCL, London UK As part of these events, I spoke about using visual methods for mental health research and advocacy in relation to several UKRI-funded projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/events/british-academy-conferences/public-health-after-covid/
 
Description Steering Committee meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We formed a steering committee made up of key experts and stakeholders from different countries and expertise. The Committee provided advice, expertise in research methods, and local contextual knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Training for peer researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Conducted training on research methods and peer research for peer researchers and other research team members in collaboration with McPin Foundation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Visual Research Method workshop at Universitas Negeri Padang (Sumatra, Indonesia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop (8 hours) on how to use visual research methods for mental health research, including presentation of methodology and key findings and screening of the films produced as outcomes of these projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description What is at stake for 'social inclusion' in mental health? Learning from lived experience in Ghana and Palestine, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation to academics, students and clinicians as part of online conference: Pluralising Global Mental Health: Care, Crisis and Critique, 9-10 June 2022, University of Edinburgh.
Presentation was co-authored with collaborators from Ghana and Palestine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Workshop 'Visual methods for mental health research and advocacy in LMICs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Í held a one day invited workshop on 'Visual methods for mental health research and advocacy in LMICs', 12-13 January 2023, Universitas Negeri Padang (Indonesia).
by the end of the workshop, which included a few short films from UKRI-funded projects, participants produced a small group proposal for their visual project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023