The Synergi Stories: Covid-19 eJournal survey aims to capture and document how ethnic minority people with lived experience of severe mental illness and their carers are coping during Covid-19, which will inform the creation of a digital journal platform.

Covid-19 is generating great uncertainty and social and economic conditions that are adversely impacting people’s mental and physical health, access to equitable treatment and access to relevant information. This has been amplified by the new Coronavirus Act 2020 and emergency changes being made to the Mental Health Act.

There are concerns that existing standards in mental health services, which are already demonstrably insufficient, will be reduced and also that essential knowledge is not reaching ethnic minority people with lived experience of severe mental illness and their carers, including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, along with insufficient opportunities for their stories to be visible, heard and shared as part of a supportive community for change.

Synergi will use the information provided to create an online journal as a platform:

To capture and document ethnic minority people with lived experience of severe mental illness and their carers’ experiences and narratives

  • To capture and document ethnic minority people with lived experience of severe mental illness and their carers’ experiences and narratives
  • To build a community of knowledge and support
  • To allow you to feel connected to your peers who are also facing similar challenges at a difficult time of self-isolation
  • To create tailored resources that will assist you as ethnic minority people with lived experience, service users and carers
  • To collaborate with stakeholders to consider how they can improve their services, engage and connect with you during the Covid-19 lockdown.

You can find out more and complete the survey here. A large text version of this survey is available here