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There has been a lot of exciting activity this past month throughout our seven local systems; Leeds is the first site to be officially opened and is now recruiting participants for the site’s first Photovoice workshops. Progress is also steady at all other sites, which are at varying stages of initiation and recruitment.  


The research team has put together several videos about Photovoice on our Co-PACT website featuring Ms. Doreen Joseph, our Patient and Public Involvement Lead and Expert by Experience, as well as Mr. Raf Hamazia, a previous Photovoice participant. Both videos offer an insightful snapshot into what Photovoice is and what the research process entails. The videos can be found here


We are currently in the process of recruiting participants for Photovoice workshops involving professionals who have been involved in using the Mental Health Act to detain someone. Examples of 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 let us know. 


A member of our research team will be holding a drop-in Q&A session about Photovoice at 1 pm on Thursday, September 9th; this session will be 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 be involved and/or to attend this online session, please let us know at and we will follow-up with a Zoom link. We would also appreciate if you could share this within your respective circles to hopefully reach additional individuals who fall within this criteria and who may be interested.


We are also excited to announce that the inaugural event for The CHiMES Collaborative–the Co-PACT study research group–webinar series will be taking place on Thursday, September 30th and will feature a presentation about Photovoice by an expert in the field, alongside an opportunity for further discussion. More information about the event will be sent out in the upcoming weeks. 


As always, please feel free to send us an e-mail at 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 in September.