As many MiA readers are aware, a substantial percentage of mental health-related research reports — hundreds of thousands of articles, including many of direct relevance to community-based activists, advocates and clinicians — are currently held behind paywalls (accessible only through expensive individual or university-based subscriptions). Until recently, this was true even for publicly-funded research, in both the UK and US. While there are now a growing number of initiatives intended to promote (free) “open access” (see a list of open access projects here), many important publications remain inaccessible. I and many other activist and scholars believe open access is a significant social justice issue.
Given current legal barriers, myself and a number of researchers and students affiliated with Users & Survivors in Academia and/or the Lived Experience Research Network have put together a shareable Dropbox folder with thematically grouped research articles, measures and evaluation resources. Most recently, Anne Weaver of the National Empowerment Center has added very helpful additional resources on assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) in an effort to support public critiques of the Murphy Bill.
Activists and allies are welcome to join the folder and/or suggest additional topics or themes. If interested, please fill out the form here or contact me directly (nevjonesphd[at]gmail[dot]com).
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