Keeping Control: Exploring mental health service user perspectives on targeted violence and hostility in the context of adult safeguarding (Part 2)

In collaboration with Middlesex University and in line with our objective of promoting greater understanding of mental health and challenging the discrimination and stigma associated with mental ill health, we are participating in a user-led research project funded by the UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research (SSCR) that is investigating the experiences of violence, hostility, hate crime, neglect, or other forms of abuse against people experiencing mental health difficulties in order to inform adult safeguarding practice in England.

In specific, on 7 December 2016, @MHChat held a chat to gather participants’ views about their experiences of targetted violence or other forms of aggression or discrimination as a consequence of experiencing mental health difficulties and we are grateful for your wide participation. This is the second chat relating to the same topic that will be held on Wednesday, 7 June 2017 (8:00 PM BST (British Summer Time), 3:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), 12:00 noon PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) which will focus on: “Responding to service user experiences of mental health related hate crime, neglect, violence or abuse”. This chat will highlight the experiences of targeted violence, hostility, neglect or other forms of abuse against people experiencing mental health difficulties that have been reported in the research project interviews, and ask what should be done about the situation.

The results of this research will be published later this year or early next year and will help inform and guide adult safeguarding services including the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK; however, we will anonymise your data to protect your privacy. This is a great opportunity to share and express your views on how adult safeguarding and other agencies, individuals or organisations need to respond to neglect, abuse, violence and hostility due to a person’s mental health status and @MHChat we will do our best to include as many stories, ideas, experiences and tweets as possible and highlight your voice and views in this research. However, please note the following:

@MHChat are led and guided by people with lived experience of mental health challenges.
The main objective of this user-led research project is to understand and raise awareness of the various experiences of violence and hostility against people experiencing mental health difficulties. This can help improve organisations’ and professionals’ understanding of the challenges faced by people experiencing mental ill health. We are particularly interested in personalising adult safeguarding and to help professionals and organisations better safeguard people experiencing mental health difficulties.
To ensure respect for @MHChat participants’ and community members’ privacy, any tweets used from this chat or related to this chat (scheduled on 7 June 2017) will be anonymized so they are not retraceable to the original person;
If we decide to use any direct quotes from any participants, @MHChat will contact that specific participant, through their Twitter account, to ask their permission and consent before using any direct quotes from them.
Only tweets between 5 and 14 June 2017 and relating to the above chat and addressed to @MHChat or containing the hashtag #MHChat will be collected for this project. All other tweets will NOT be included in this project.
If you prefer your tweets not to be included or considered for this project, please let us know via one of the following:
    Tweet @MHChat stating that you do not wish your tweets to be included in this research project;
    DM @MHChat stating that you do not wish to your tweets to be included in this research project;
    Email @MHChat at info at stating that you do not wish your tweets to be included in this research project;
Please note that except for the above period no other tweets @MHChat are not used for this project.
This is an important opportunity to raise greater awareness of experiences of violence and hostility toward people who experience mental ill health and therefore, @MHChat is participating and supporting this research. However, if you would like to take part in the chat but don’t want your views to be included in this research just let us know as stated above and we will not include any of your tweets in this research.