Are you a Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP)? (Mad) Academic? Student? Clinician? Service User? Carer?
‘Mad Studies’ is a field of scholarship, theory, and activism about the lived experiences, history, cultures, and politics about people who may identify as ‘Mad’, mentally ill, psychiatric survivors, consumers, service users, patients, neurodiverse and disabled.
Our Birmingham group has a central focus on supporting Lived Experience Practitioners (i.e. peer support workers, service user researchers, service user consultants, etc) in their work through developing knowledge and being with others who work in their field. However, in the true spirit of ‘Mad Studies’, others who have an interest in this area are welcome to attend and learn. LXP’s work alongside many other people, so sharing knowledge with others can help develop mutual understanding and strengthen working relationships.
The group starts by either volunteers or the facilitator giving a synopsis of the week’s reading so that everyone has a reminder of the content and can take part in conversations if they haven’t been able to read the selected material.