shared decision-making; service user involvement; therapeutic relationships; compulsory treatment and detention; stigma and discrimination (including self-stigma)outcome measurementRecovery
Sarah identifies as a person with experience of mental illness. This experience shaped her early university study with the areas of psychology and medical law being the focus. Combining this theoretical education and personal experience, Sarah has spent the last thirteen years working and advocating for an improved mental health sector and societal perceptions of mental health from a service user focused perspective. Initially she entered the workforce as a consumer advisor to mental health services in 1998. She was the co-founder and Managing Director of Case Consulting, one of New Zealand’s foremost consumer led and working organisations, from 2000-2009. She chaired the Board of Wellink, a community based mental health organisation, from 2003-2008. She was conferred her PhD in psychological medicine in 2010. When she gets some down-time from her jobs of cleaner, taxi-driver, and general dogs body to her two boys, actually three (including the old man), Sarah is now working as a service user academic for the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Wellington.
Sarah lives in Cambridge, New Zealand with her husband, Phillip, and two sons, Jack and Harry.