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A few years ago, if you had said to me that I would be celebrating the publication of an academic research paper, I would have laughed. In 2007, attempting my MPhil nearly broke me, and this, amongst other life pressures, caused me to have a psychotic breakdown. I was in and out of hospital that year, and was eventually given a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. That diagnosis felt like a death-sentence, and I felt hopeless about the future. My wife and kids and my faith kept me going, but my life was very different now – unpredictable psychotic episodes, plus medications that clouded my thoughts, made me feel emotionally numb and sedated.


It was in December 2010 that a key-worker in a mental health day-centre I was attending approached me with a leaflet looking for service users and carers to be trained in research methods and design. The course…

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Comments on: "Andrew Grundy – Thoughts on Patient and Public Involvement (PPI): Involvement in research has changed my life!" (1)

  1. Lou Bergin said:

    Thanks Donna. A really useful link that I’ll be sharing with VIPS (Voices & Values in Psychology & Psychological Therapy Services) – our service users’ reference group

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This is the research blog of Dr Sally Pezaro. Sally is 'The Academic Midwife' working to secure excellence in teaching and maternity services. Specialist interests include maternity services, workforce and midwifery research.



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