Heyman, Bob, Lavender, Elizabeth, Islam, Shahid, Adey, Alvin, Ramsay, Trevor and Taffs, Neil (2015) The journey effect: how travel affects the experiences of mental health in-patient service-users and their families. Disability & Society, 30 (6). pp. 880-895. ISSN 0968-7599

The qualitative study presented in this paper explored the perspectives of service-users, family members and staff about the impact of travel issues on the lives of mental health in-patients and carers. This topic was chosen because it was prioritised by members of Xplore, a service-user and carer research group, and has received little research attention. Travel problems were a significant issue for many service-users and carers, bound-up with mental health issues and the recovery experience. Travel facilitation through the funding of taxis and the provision of guides was appreciated. A few service-users and carers positively valued distancing from their previous home environment. The meaning of travel issues could only be understood in the context of individuals’ wider lives and relationships. The significance of the findings is discussed in relation to the social model of disability.

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