The University of Birmingham is partnering with Emotion Dysregulation in Autism (E-DA), a local youth mental health charity for autistic young people. We will work with marginalised communities and community organisations to co-develop a mental health educational resource delivered by young people with lived experience of mental health problems. The goal of this resource is to improve mental health literacy by covering issues around intersectionality and barriers to mental health care.

Systemic difficulties in access to quality mental health care means that there is a great need to engage with communities, championing user voice and empowering lived experience. This research is needed to develop meaningful relationships with grassroots organisations such as E-DA.

This project will enable Black youth with lived experience of mental health problems to work with the research team to co-design a training package and social action workshops that will be led by youth with lived experience. These workshops will be delivered in marginalised communities across the city of Birmingham. 

We are looking for Black youth volunteers from PPIE groups who have lived experience of mental health problems and face issues around intersectionality to join three half-day facilitated co-design meetings to develop the educational resource and training package.

These meetings will last about four hours each and be held roughly every three months over a 12-month period, face-to-face where possible or via Zoom or Microsoft Teams if required. Meetings held in person will take place in the community in an accessible venue. As an acknowledgement of the time and effort involved in participating in the study, you will be reimbursed £25 per hour for each meeting.

By the end of the project, we want to have co-designed a training package, an online training course, and video content to raise mental health awareness.

If you would be interested in hearing more about the project, please contact the team via email on: [email protected].