The Synergi Collaborative Centre is a five-year national initiative, to reframe, rethink and transform the realities of ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness and multiple disadvantage.
Funded by Lankelly Chase, it is a partnership between Queen Mary University of London, the University of Manchester and Words of Colour Productions.
Taking a collaborative approach, the centre aims to use the principles of co-production of knowledge and a creative mix of robust research methods. The centre will work closely with commissioners, policymakers and politicians, as well as public service providers, citizens and those experiencing mental distress, to create and deliver a vision to help eradicate ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness and their fundamental causes.
Words of Colour is the creative communications, PR and branding lead and Joy Francis is a project co-director. We have developed phase I of the project website, are developing creative and digital platforms for lived experience narratives via the soon to be launched #SynergiStories portal and the Synergi Network, which will be a cross discipline skills and knowledge exchange, alongside co-facilitating the vision and direction of project.
For more information about the Synergi Collaborative Centre, visit: www.synergicollaborativecentre.co.uk.
We desperately need to step up. We have been talking about mental health for years and it is getting worse. Which is why my hopes for the Synergi Collaborative Centre are big hopes. There is a real need at this point to draw on community expertise to advocate, speak up and offer innovation and solutions, and to bring them into the mainstream. We have the solutions, and we need the system to hear and understand them.
David Lammy, MP for Tottenham