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Table 7 Benefits of engagement with people with experience of mental health services

From: Priority setting in research: user led mental health research

Benefits to the research Benefits to the person with a lived experience of mental ill health
Anyone can experience mental ill health Reduces the effects of stigma
First-hand experience Acknowledges individual experience
Other life skills other than mental health experience Self-development and education
Acknowledges the lived experience whilst gaining access to the knowledge associated with that experience Feel valued and able to contribute
Services are more relevant and not wasted Empowering and builds self esteem
Make informed decisions for the future that will benefit all based on this type of direct input into research projects Therapeutic for all participants
People with lived experience have as much (if not more) insight into the problem / condition which may be overlooked by the academic Knowledge development for all participants
To better ensure that services meet needs Addresses legal and political rights