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This past month has seen several of our seven localities kick into gear, with the research team working closely alongside local study officers to finalize the logistics around the first service-user Photovoice workshops, as well as organize dates for the remaining two workshops at each site. Currently, we aim to run introductory workshops in London, Leeds, Manchester, Derby, and Bradford over the first two weeks of November, with the remaining workshops to take place by the end of December.

Staff workshops

As mentioned in previous newsletters, a reminder that we aim to hold the introductory staff Photovoice workshop on Thursday, the 11th of November and the second staff workshop on Thursday, the 25th of November. We are still recruiting staff members for these workshops involving professionals who have been involved in using the Mental Health Act to detain someone. Examples of staff/professionals include (but are not restricted to) mental health nurses, psychiatrists, and relevant police officers. If you know of anyone who you think would be eligible and would like to take part, or know of any groups we can present to for recruitment, please send an e-mail to Dr. Clair Dempsey, the post-doctoral researcher on the project, at clair.dempsey@psych.ox.ac.uk

How to keep up with the study

We continue to hold a weekly Zoom drop-in session from 13:00-13:30 PM BST every Thursday; this session is aimed at anyone who is either already involved in the project or who wishes to be (including but not limited to, service users, mental health nurses, psychiatrists and academics). If you are interested to attend this online session, please click this Zoom link at the aforementioned time.

The CHiMES Collaborative–the Co-PACT study research group–will also be hosting its first webinar on Thursday, 11thof November from 12:30-13:30 PM BST. This session will feature a discussion about Photovoice by a lived-experience expert and a researcher in the field, alongside an opportunity for further Q&A. More information about the event will be sent out out shortly.

As always, please feel free to send us an e-mail with any questions or queries, and to keep up with the study’s progress via our Twitter feed at @co_pact for updates between now and the next newsletter issue at the end of November.