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Lived Experience Group

Lived Experience Group

Lived Experience Group

The purpose of the LEG is to actively encourage a co-operative working relationship between faculty members of the Mood Disorders Centre (MDC) and people with a lived experience of depression or bipolar disorder and supporters of people with these conditions.

Examples of areas in which people with lived experience may work with staff and students are as follows:

Consultation on materials used in research studies, such as participant information sheets and consent forms

Membership of steering groups for research studies, contributing to the design and execution of the research study

Involvement in training, including undergraduate students, trainee clinicians and therapists through leading and participating in workshops, lectures and "think tanks"

Assisting in the selection of staff and students through participation in the interview process

In addition to work within the MDC, the LEG is increasingly involved in external activities such as running workshops in the community for both lay groups and other health professionals. These workshops aim to increase understanding of mental ill-health and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Contact us on: mdcadmin@exeter.ac.uk

Our stories

One of our goals in the Lived Experience Group is to raise awareness of depression as well as help provide support for those who suffer from depression or other mood disorders. Towards that aim, we have recorded the stories of some of our members to share. Click on the links to watch the videos.

Jo's Story

Learning to Live with Depression

This publication was generated by members and friends of the Lived Experience Group in the hope that the thoughts in it might help you too.

Download : Leg booklet pdf

For further information on depression and services available locally please contact :

https://www.dpt.nhs.uk/

www.recoverydevon.co.uk

www.rethink.org

Staff LEG Request Form

If members of staff would like to request support from the LEG group, please complete the following LEG Request Form

Once completed, please email to both e.widnall@exeter.ac.uk and julieharvs@aol.com

Julie Harvey (Chair of the LEG group) will then let you know who is available to support any work requested.

If you have any queries, please email mdcadmin@exeter.ac.uk