Implementation of a mental health consumer academic position: Benefits and challenges

Brenda Happell, Julia Bocking, Brett Scholz, Chris Platania-Phung

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Purpose: Academic positions for consumers of mental health services remain rare despite positive evaluation. This paper considers the benefits and challenges of a consumer academician position, from perspectives of stakeholders involved in the implementation. Design and Methods: Qualitative, exploratory involving in-depth interviews with academicians. Thematic analysis identified the main benefits and challenges. Findings: Benefits identified included lived experience perspective and facilitates interaction and reflection; demonstrating recovery and promoting person centered care. Challenges identified included process, too close to home, and too little too late. Practice Implications: Enhanced understanding of consumer academician positions could increase effectiveness and maximize educational opportunity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-182
Number of pages8
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


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