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South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and Shropshire Mind are looking for carers and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties to take part in focus groups exploring the particular problems faced in rural areas.

The REAPS (Rural Experiences and Psychiatric Services) study is looking at the experiences of rurally based service users with severe and enduring mental health conditions, their carers and clinicians.

There is some evidence that living in rural areas can pose extra challenges for managing severe and enduring mental health conditions and may make managing recovery more difficult.

The study is being undertaken by PACE Research (Patient and Carer Experience: Research) a community based group of service users and carers affiliated to the Research and Innovation Department of SSSFT. It is supported by Healthwatch Shropshire Research Grant funding and is being undertaken in partnership with Shropshire Mind.

A carers’ focus group will be held on the afternoon of 25 July 2017 at Shropshire Mind in Shrewsbury. It will last no more than 3 hours and expenses and remuneration will be paid.

Anyone who is interested in attending should contact Dr Tim Lewington on 01785 783170 or

A further focus group for people with lived experience will be held on 10 August, further details from the contact as above.