Psychosis seminars: an open forum for service users, carers and professionals.
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BACKGROUND: Psychosis seminars enable service users, their carers and mental health professionals to meet outside of a formal care setting, increase understanding of mental illness and help establish a dialogue. AIMS: To explore feasibility of psychosis seminars in the UK and the experiences of participants. METHOD: Seven meetings attended by 25 people were held over a 3-month period. An open-ended questionnaire was returned by ten participants. Responses were subjected to content analysis. RESULTS: Benefits experienced were having an open forum for talking freely about mental health issues in a neutral space, learning from others about psychosis and hearing different views. Suggested adjustments were clarifying expectations of participants at the beginning, strengthening facilitation and increasing attendance. CONCLUSIONS: Psychosis seminars may help to establish a dialogue among users, carers and professionals and seem feasible in the UK, although adjustment to delivery can help their implementation. DECLARATION OF INTEREST: None. COPYRIGHT AND USAGE: © The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2016. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
AuthorsKaselionyte, J; Dirik, A; Tulloch, S; Priebe, S; Giacco, D
- Centre for Psychiatry