A Lived Experience Consultant

I have a purposeful, collaborative, values-based approach to consultancy that results in positive social change.

My values

  • Human
  • Inclusive
  • Positive
  • Reflective
  • Transparent

My Professional Experience

Jason is a lived experience consultant that works in partnership with organisations to improve outcomes for people within the mental health system.

Jason currently works at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as a Peer Support Worker for an Early Intervention Service for people with a first episode of psychosis. Jason also works for the Royal College of Psychiatrists as a Patient Representative for the Accreditation of Community Mental Health Services, and is finishing of a qualitative study at the University of Manchester working on a biographical narrative interpretative method research exploring ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness.

Jason sits on a number of mental health advisory boards including the National Institute for Health Research, Applied Research Collaborative for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, University College London’s Institute of Mental Health, The Stability Network, Healthy Brain Global Initiative’s Lived Experience Council, and is a Community Ambassador for Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Jason holds degrees from Goldsmiths, University of London, City University London, and the University of Glasgow. Jason recently completed The Pathways to Success programme 2021 organised by the Blavatnik School of Government, the House of Commons, Lloyds Banking Group, Magdalen College Oxford, and Operation Black Vote.

“An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty!”

My Offer

  • Public Talks
  • Media 
  • Workshops 
  • Advice and Consultancy 

My Goal

I want to use my clear sense of purpose and direction to help individuals to achieve in the face of setbacks. I will use my knowledge and understanding of the mental health system to help you to move from awareness, to understanding, to action.

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give!”

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Organisations I have worked with

BAME in Psychiatry and Psychology; Business Disability Forum; Campaign Bootcamp; Community Chaplaincy Association; Criminal Justice Alliance; Dataminr; Department for Work and Pensions; EPIC Consultants; Equally Well; Gambling Commission; Health Brain Global Initiative; Independent Job Productions; Koestler Arts; Mind; NHS Leadership Academy; National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaborative for Kent, Surrey, Sussex; Nourished Mind; Orygen Global; Patient Voices; Peerfest; Prison Radio Association; Psych Hub; Quakers (The Religious Society of Friends); Rethink; Southwark Council; Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups; Sussex Health and Care Partnership; Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Synergi Collaborative Centre; The Forgiveness Project; The Longford Trust; The Royal College of Psychiatrists; The Scott Trust; The Stability Network; Thrive LDN; Time to Change; University College London; University of Durham; University of Manchester; University of Sheffield; University of Strathclyde.

My Experience

In the summer of 2015, I experienced a psychotic episode whilst travelling, which resulted in me spending time in hospital. Once I came to terms with my unusual experience and understood that it was my mental health causing me my problems, I was determined to understand the system to ensure that I never experienced another episode. I took a year out to focus on my recovery and became an Expert by Experience, which enabled me to find my voice and to feel comfortable around others with similar experiences. I took courses from the Recovery College which helped me to gain skills that I could put to practical use. I even went back to university to study a Masters of Research as I wanted to give myself the best chance after experiencing a severe mental health challenge. I worked for The Department for Work and Pensions as a Mental Health Community Partner, training over 500 work coaches across 14 job centres in south London to understand mental health, how it affects people, how best to support people, and to understand how the system operates. I worked on that contract full time for two years and was really pleased with my personal success at being able to travel across south London to deliver training. I then got a Research Associate job at The University of Manchester working with Synergi Collaborative Centre on a qualitative study looking into the ethnic inequality in severe mental illness. I have worked on the design and implementation of the study. Alongside interviewing and collecting the data, transcribing the interviews, coding the data into themes, and working alongside my colleagues to write up papers for journal publications. I now work part time in an Early Intervention Service for the National Health Service. My other time is spent doing consultancy projects for various organisations. I am happy to have conversation with individuals and organisations who would like to bring my lived experience approach to benefit their service delivery.

What is a Lived Experience Consultant

A lived experience consultant embodies positive social change and turns a negative experience into a positive healing experience.

  • Direct, first-hand experience of social issues and injustices
  • Activated the knowledge and understanding gathered through their lived experience to inform, shape, and lead their social purpose work
  • Combined lived, learned, and practice experience to directly benefit the communities they share those experiences with