Black & Minority Ethnic User-led Perspectives in Mental Health

Survivor Research specialises in foregrounding the perspectives of mental health service users and survivors in the thinking and innovation around mental health, wellbeing and recovery. Our particular expertise lies in making the views and opinions of users and survivors from black and minority ethnic and other marginalised communities an integral and critical part of the overall service user/survivor voice.

We are a group of independent workers offering consultancy services in mental health. We undertake:

  • Research 
  • Policy and organisational development 
  • Workshop and focus group facilitation
  • Evaluation
  • Service audits 
  • Public speaking and writing


Latest News

Call for Papers: Critical Underpinnings of User/Survivor Research and Co-production

We are happy to announce a call for papers for a special edition of the journal Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology focusing on the critical underpinnings of user/survivor research and co-production. 

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Have your say about BME mental health commissioning

A consultation has been launched to develop a framework for commissioning mental health services which would address the needs of black and minority ethnic communities

Read more: Have your say about BME mental health commissioning


Update: Inquiry into the 'schizophrenia' label

With over 500 people and organisations involved in different ways, the independent Inquiry into the 'Schizophrenia' Label is set to report on its findings very soon.

Read more: Update: Inquiry into the 'schizophrenia' label


Inquiry set to question 'schizophrenia' label

Is the label 'schizophrenia' stigmatising people or helpting them, a new independent inquiry is set to find out.

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Campaign to repeal mental health laws

Survivor Research is supporting a new campaign to repeal mental health laws and challenge forced psychiatry.

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Disability, discrimination and Indian laws

Bhargavi Davar finds that Indian laws and their parameters and language discriminate against people with various kinds of disabilities and not just people of 'unsound mind'.

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Inquiry into acute and crisis care: report

The report of Mind's inquiry into acute and crisis care, Listening to Experience, calls for more humane services.

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Recovery and Resilience: Report Launch

The report of the project Recovery and Resilience: African, African Caribbean and South Asian Women's Narratives about Recovering from Mental Distress will be launched on 23rd March at Trinity Hall in London

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A Response to the NHS White Paper from the BME Sector

The Afiya Trust has submitted a response to the Government's White Paper on the NH, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS. The response, collated by Survivor Research, and signed by several BMEcommunity and voluntary organisations, highlights the importance of not leaving marginalised communities behind and makes a series of recommendations to achieve equality in health and social care.

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Peer support in mental health

The report 'The Freedom to be, the Chance to Dream' calls for preserving the values and ethos underlying user-led peer support in mental health.

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Black women, recovery and resilience

A new report on black women's stories of recovering from mental and emotional distress from the Mental Health Foundation and Survivor Research.

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The Sackcloth Man

sack-cloth manThe Sackcloth Man, a children's book written by Jayasree Kalathil, tells the story of ten-year-old Anu and the Sackclothman and their growing friendship as they help each other make sense of sadness and strength.
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