Members' stories

Robert's Story

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LUPIN Member Story 1

"Why did I get involved with LUPIN? Well, I'd been really ill. I'd had a major life event which left me quite ill. I had CBT and CAT, and then I was left basically to my own devices to recover.

I read about LUPIN in the local mental health Trust magazine and I set myself a task to get out of the house and get on the train and get to the meeting. It was a massive thing for me at the time. When I got there I felt that people understood where I was coming from. I was very panicky going that first day, but when I got there I felt quite comfortable. And it went on from there, and it went parallel with my recovery.

Having a teaching day with the trainees was definitely a highlight. But I also enjoy the meetings, and seeing the regular people who come, and I have a sense of belonging and involvement. I think it's a very good thing to involve the public in a group like this, in fact it's essential.

LUPIN has developed, and I'm looking forward to more developments, like being involved in trainees' research. We need to find more ways of being involved in the training of clinical psychologists, as well as increasing the diversity of the people who come to LUPIN meetings.

I'd just like to say to people to get involved, come along to our meetings and give it a try. You will get a warm welcome."

LUPIN Member Story 2

"I did question at the beginning why Lancaster University was doing this, and whether it was just because they had to show that they had service user involvement. But I'm not worried about why you are doing it anymore now I have been involved for longer and seen what we can do.

Everything LUPIN has been involved in so far has been interesting and useful. It has been a learning curve for everyone involved, and we are still on a learning curve. I particularly liked the interview process and being involved in selecting new trainees, but everything has been interesting so far. At the end of the day, clinical psychologists will be working with the public and trying to help them, so why shouldn't members of the public see how their training works and contribute to this when they can?"