Becoming more involved in your community (for example, by volunteering for a charity or joining a community council) can help in your recovery from mental illness. Taking an active role can widen our life experiences and connections and give us new purpose.

Mental health is  now getting much greater political attention. This will open up opportunities for people with mental health conditions. It might mean joining a local organisation, standing for elected office, becoming part of a school board, getting  involved in a university research project, or getting involved in the work of a f statutory  agency.

Public Life Matters aims to identify, and inspire solutions to, the barriers that might prevent or deter people with mental health conditions from realising these new opportunities.   

This questionnaire has been designed to be easy to complete.
  • It contains mainly tick box questions
  • It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • It can be completed anonymously or,
  • At the end of the questionnaire, you will be asked if you would be happy to be invited to participate in focus group  later in the year. 
  • If you willing to participate in a focus group you will be asked to provide contact details at the end of the questionnaire.

If you are happy to take part in this study, please continue to the first question. 

If you would like further information about this study please contact Voices of Experience (VOX) by emailing
Thank You

VOX (Voices of Experience), the Lived Experience Research Consortium, Mental Health Foundation, University of Strathclyde.