The methods we will use

Who we will interview

We have been ‘mapping’ persons we have identified as important to the development of survivor knowledge and of organisations too. There are 300 people already mapped and it is an ongoing process.

From this, we will select about 40 individuals to interview at first and do some thorough research about their life and work. We expect other significant people to emerge through this process and will interview approximately 100 people in total.

Additionally, the Still We Rise project will interview 20 individuals from African, African Caribbean, and Asian backgrounds in the UK who have been involved in activism and advocacy, setting up and running user groups and campaigning for race equality in mental health.

How we interview

As interviewers we are ourselves users, survivors, and persons with psychosocial disabilities. Some interviews will be face-to-face, some by Skype, and some will involve interpreters who have been familiarized with EURIKHA’s ethos, so that we can be inclusive of non-English speakers.

We will base these interviews in the ‘oral history’ method. This means that, although there are definite issues we will want to cover (in relation to knowledge and practice, and significant moments of change), the interview is very much in the hands of the person being interviewed. They will guide the interview, rather than the interviewer. They will have control over what they tell us, and how. The interviews will also be tailored to the information we have about each person, and about the context they are, or have been, working within.

Interviewees can then choose to be fully identified, partly identified, or anonymous. They can do this at the start or after they have seen the transcript of their interviews. Interviewees can also request to see any quotations we wish to use in reports or they may ask to see the entire analysis of the interview. In sum, we wish to give as much control as possible to our interviewees.