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Citizenship as mental health. A study protocol for a randomised trial of awareness interventions for mental health professionals

Francisco José Eiroa-Orosa (Francisco José Eiroa-Orosa is based at the Section of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; First-Person Research Group, Veus, Catalan Federation of 1st Person Mental Health Organisations, Barcelona, Spain and Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 18 April 2023

Issue publication date: 21 November 2023




The purpose of this study is to demonstrate how mental health is tied to citizenship, and to help professionals understand mental health in the context of social rights and responsibilities, to move towards a right-based practice.


The author will explore the concept of citizenship together with mental health service users’, relatives’ and professionals’ organisations. Using a qualitative analysis of this exploration, this study will develop, implement and evaluate, using a randomised design, awareness interventions with mental health professionals.


The author will use thematic analysis for qualitative data and multilevel mixed-effects linear models to evaluate the effect of the awareness interventions.

Social implications

The results of the project will enable conversations between mental health professionals, relatives and service users that might help them understand mental health as part of citizenship.


To the best of the author’s knowledge, this will be the first controlled study of standardised citizenship-based awareness interventions for mental health professionals.



The author would like to thank all his colleagues and friends from the Recovery and Citizenship Collective and the First-Person Mental Health Research Group. Special thanks to Michael Rowe for his generosity and the legacy he leaves us all. Francisco José Eiroa-Orosa received funding from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation under the agreements number RYC2018-023850-I and PID2021-125403OA-I00.


Eiroa-Orosa, F.J. (2023), "Citizenship as mental health. A study protocol for a randomised trial of awareness interventions for mental health professionals", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 117-126.



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