This project aims to show the unfiltered perspective of people with lived experience of mental illness. Co-production was an integral part and Professor Stephen Coleman describes this as an ‘exemplary’ co-productive project.
The people involved wanted to tell their own stories, and be listened to. They give direct advice to people being trained to work in mental health services from the perspective of having lived experience of mental illness and going through the health system. We hope this helps workers and those in training to better understand and listen to the people they support.
West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, Forum Central, University of Leeds, Health Education England (HEE) and eight VCSE organisations from across West Yorkshire contributed to producing the films.
There are six films, and a preview. There is more footage than was used in the final edits. We are open to discussing additional uses for the footage.
Warning: the films and links on this page contain themes of mental health, suicide and self harm.