New Asylum flyer – help us publicise Asylum!

We have a new Asylum flyer.  Download it here.

Nail it to a noticeboard, wedge it in a window, tape it to a table,  leave it in a library,  bang on about it in a bookshop, leave it with a librarian, carry it at a conference. . .

Help us spread the word about Asylum.

Asylum price
Asylum price

Lived experience employment survey


 The LEP research team invite you to take part in a short survey gathering information on lived experience employment.  Their aim is to survey anyone who incorporates lived experience of a personality disorder diagnosis into their role, including but not limited to:

  • Volunteer peer support workers
  • KUF trainers
  • Mental health or social care commissioners or strategists
  • Generic mental health settings (e.g. peer support workers who might be based in a CMHT or CRHT)
  • Registered professionals (e.g. clinical psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists) who also have a lived experience of receiving a personality disorder diagnosis

The aim of the study is to explore the experience of undertaking such roles, mapping perceptions of helpful and hindering features within work/volunteering environments. The survey should take less than ten minutes of your time. The closing date for the survey is midnight on the 2nd March 2018

Take the survey 

Critical Dialogues on Neurodiversity – call for papers

Participatory Autism Research Collective
Participatory Autism Research Collective

This stream of the Lancaster Disability Studies Conference – led by the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) – aims to facilitate the sharing of views across critical perspectives within the neurodiversity field. It aims to widen the field to include a diverse range of neurodivergent ways of being, bridging fields and connecting concepts and experiences, and also to make a positive change regarding the input of neurodivergent scholarship and to promote a participatory ethos.

Find out more. 

Lancaster Disability Studies Conference – Call for Papers

Researchers, policy makers, practitioners and activists from all over the world come together at the Lancaster Disability Studies conference.  The event promotes debate and the sharing of research, ideas and developments in disability studies.  See here for further details of the call for papers and a special conference stream on Critical Dialogues in Neurodiversityconvened by the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC).

Disability Studies Conference
Disability Studies Conference

Mental health and neoliberalism: video of NSE event

Can today’s crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems.

This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing awareness of psychological distress in relation to such exogenous cultural and economic structures of oppression, but also examine how new technologies may be amplifying certain self-obsessive psychological states, such as attention and feedback addiction from social media and mobile devices.

Each speaker gave a presentation of their research on this topic, before engaging in a Q&A with the audience.

View the video

NSE event
NSE event

The Effect – radio play

“I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect.”
Award-winning chemical romance.
Connie (Jessie Buckley – ‘The Last Post’, ‘Taboo’) and Tristan (Damien Molony – ‘Crashing’, ‘Being Human’) are taking part in a clinical trial for a new psychoactive drug. So when they start to feel attracted to each other, can they really trust how they feel?
A profound, and funny, play about love, depression and selfhood, winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play when it was performed at the National Theatre in 2012.
LISTEN NOW and for the next twenty days.

The Effect
The Effect

While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.


Over a similar period, we have seen the mental health of young women and girls slip down the policy agenda. Whereas 15 years ago there were specific strategies for young women and girls, now their needs are tackled within the broader envelope of children and young people.

This report suggests that there is a particular gap in understanding the underlying issues behind young women and girls’ mental health. Greater awareness of the factors leading to mental health problems in young women and girls will facilitate more effective prevention work.  Drawing on recent work by others in civil society, it makes a series of recommendations for government.


Social Policy First Hand – an introduction to participatory social welfare

Written by Sarah Carr and Peter Beresford, Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective.  It presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to ‘All our welfare’, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience.

social policy first hand
social policy first hand

Further details