What peer research brings to mental health science

This article on the website of theGIST (the Glasgow Insight into Science & Technology) has been written by Stephanie Allen. It begins:

“It is (probably) widely agreed that not all scientists wear white coats and work in labs. But, as highlighted in a previous theGIST article, human beings often behave the same as those around them. When it comes to science, if we really do all do the same thing, this can have a powerful impact on what sort of research questions get asked and what science gets done. Research groups which prioritise diversity (including ethnic, gender, disability and academic background) were suggested by Nature in 2018 to be ‘more likely to pursue questions and problems that go beyond the narrow slice of humanity that much of science is currently set up to serve’. People who have experienced mental health problems may face barriers in the ‘traditional’ route of undergrad, masters, PhD, years of postdocs and fellowships, and then becoming a principal investigator in charge of running clinical trials for serious mental health problems. However, this does not mean that people impacted by mental health conditions do not deserve a strong seat at the table when it comes to science concerning them …”

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