The Service User Advisory Group or SUAG is a group of 10 people with lived experience of a range of mental health conditions who advise both collectively and in smaller groups about aspects of the project. We have 3 main meetings a year. These begin with a summary and discussion of recent progress across each of the six work streams. Usually meetings are attended by researchers from the individual work streams. They bring their work to the group for comment and discussion. Members of the group also take part in other activities within the project, such as attending policy labs or wider Mental Health and Justice meetings As well as this members are consulted individually or in smaller groups on particular work stream-related tasks. Our aim is to ensure that the entire project reflects the needs and concerns of people with mental health problems, their families, and carers.
For information on some of the group’s members follow here