Welcome to the Synergi Stories: Covid-19 eJournal survey, which aims to capture and document the narratives of ethnic minority people with lived experience of severe mental distress and their carers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Why are we launching this survey?
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.
We are concerned that existing standards in mental health services, which are already demonstrably insufficient, will be reduced. We are also concerned that essential knowledge is not reaching ethnic minority people with lived experience of severe mental distress 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.
The information and stories you share through this survey will help shape our understanding of the challenges you face, and how you are coping, and will inform and influence the first phase of the Synergi Stories: Covid-19 eJournal, a new online platform for ethnic minority people with lived experience, service users and carers to creatively share their stories and inform our work and, ultimately, policy.
To find out more or to take part please click here.