Demanding Equity for the Lived Experience Professions
UK Based Grassroots Collective
Who We Are
The Lived Experience Professions is an umbrella term which covers a wide range of discipline and roles. These roles require using insight from experience of living with mental health conditions to inform the work. Examples of roles include Peer Workers, Survivor Researchers, Lived Experience Trainers, Lived Experience Group Facilitators, LXP Supervisors, LXP Consultants. There is no standardised language or role names at present.
People who work within LXP posts are open about living with a mental health condition, whilst working within services which provide mental health services. These workplaces have very high levels of stigma and discrimination towards staff who live with mental health conditions. This leaves LXPs at risk and vulnerable to discrimination, stigma, career blocking and pathologisation within organisation structures and from work colleagues.
The Lived Experience Professions and people who work within LXP posts do not have a professional association or union to provide support, supervision, protection or lobby for awareness. The LXP Revolution is not a replacement for this, but is the name that a grassroots coalition in Birmingham, UK have used to refer to their initial call for equality. We invite our comrades across the UK and further afield to join with their own local calls to be treated as equals – there is nothing quite like realising you are not alone in this.
Forging meaningful Coalitions, Fighting Despair
Each of us must find our work and do it. Militancy no longer means guns at high noon, if it ever did. It means actively working for change, sometimes in the absence of any surety that change is coming. It means doing the unromantic and tedious work necessary to forge meaningful coalitions, and it means recognizing which coalitions are possible and which coalitions are not. It means knowing that coalition, like unity, means the coming together of whole, self-actualized human beings, focused and believing, not fragmented automatons marching to a prescribed step. It means fighting despair.
- Lorde, Audre. The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House (Penguin Modern) (pp. 46-47). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition.
- First Ever Union Motion to Support LXP Workers Passed!!!Correspondence by Tamar Jeynes, Unison Health Conference Delegate (2022) The first ever motion by a union to supporting Lived Experience Professional (LXP) workers was proposed and unanimously voted in by members of Unison at its annual Health Conference last week.Continue reading “First Ever Union Motion to Support LXP Workers Passed!!!”
- Unison Conference & Motion to support LXPs TOMORROWBlog by Tamar Jeynes, Unison Health Conference Delegate (2022). For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a Mad Activist & I founded the Mad Studies Birmingham, which has a Lived Experience Professions focus, 3.5 years ago. The groupContinue reading “Unison Conference & Motion to support LXPs TOMORROW”
- Ask Your Local Unison Rep to Vote to to Support LXPsUnison have their Health Conference scheduled in next week (24-27 April) and the Nursing and Midwifery Occupational Group have proposed a motion to support Lived Experience Professionals of all types within Unison. Unison is a union which represents public sectorContinue reading “Ask Your Local Unison Rep to Vote to to Support LXPs”