Life after ATUs: New research looking for participants

Living in the community after leaving an ATU

We are researchers from Bristol University and we would like to hear people’s stories about what life is like after leaving an Assessment and Treatment Unit. This project is called ‘Narratives of Home’ because it is all about people’s stories about what life is like in their home now, and what is important to them. People have told us that leaving an ATU is not the end of the story, but the start. However, often people don’t hear about life afterwards, what works, and what needs improving. That’s why we would love to hear from you.

Why are we doing this project?

While some people who have experience of being in an Assessment and Treatment Unit have been asked about what it was like for them, not many people have asked them what their life is like afterwards. We think it is really important to find out what people say about this.

Changes to service provision are happening right now, and we hope that we can find out about what people who have left ATUs (or those who know them well) say about what is working well, what they need more help with, and what they think could be done better. We will collect together people’s stories and write a report so that we can send it to the people who make decisions about their lives. We think it is important that people have their voice heard when the Government makes changes that affect them.

How could you take part?

If you would like to talk to us about what your life is like after leaving the Assessment and Treatment Unit, or you know someone who may want to share their story, then please get in touch! :slight_smile:

If you contact us, we can tell you more about our project. I hope you can help us with it.

You can contact us on email: Joe Webb
Or by phone: 07855920140 (Joe)
Or you can write to us here: Joe Webb, Norah Fry Research Centre, 8 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TX