The Lancet Psychiatry (one of the most influencial journals of Psychiatry globally) now require authors to declare involvement of lived experience in research published in the journal:

“The Lancet Psychiatry will be requesting that authors provide information on whether and how people with lived experience were involved in or led their research, including reporting on the following: whether they were involved in shaping the research question and study design, choosing outcome measures, planning recruitment, working as lived experience researchers, assessing the burden of interventions, writing up the study, and delivering the dissemination of its findings.”

Where this cannot be documented it must be noted as a limitation in the research. Authors are also being encouraged to declare if they are working from a position of lived experience.

The Lancet Psychiatry notes:
“Psychiatry has an uncomfortable history of ethical transgressions and damaging power dynamics in which people have been coerced, experimented on, and targeted by eugenic practices, and coercive practices continue today; this history heightens the urgency of listening to people’s experiences connected to mental health or ill health and to redressing the balance of power in the creation of knowledge, health-care practices, and policy.”

The MHLEPQ recently called on the Queensland State Government to establish an Office of a Chief Lived Experience Officer in Queensland to advice the Government through the Mental Health Minister on matters relating to Lived Experience including in perspectives of Lived experience in research.

Thanks to Nicki Walsh for brining this important development to our attention.

By Mental Health Lived Experience Peak QueenslandMental