Imperial College London

Dr Ashwin Venkataraman

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Clinical Research Fellow







Burlington DanesHammersmith Campus






BibTex format

author = {Townell, J and MacLaren, T and Argent, V and de, Ridder L and Shanmugham, S and Venkataraman, A and Clarke, M and Khwaja, M},
doi = {10.1016/j.eurpsy.2016.01.1649},
journal = {European Psychiatry},
pages = {S453--S454},
title = {Knowledge and Uptake of Voting Rights By Adults With Mental Illness Living in Supported Accommodation in Westminster (London) During the 2015 Uk General Election},
url = {},
volume = {33},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - <jats:sec id="S0924933800233683_abst0001" sec-type="intro"><jats:title>Introduction</jats:title><jats:p>Voting is an essential human right. Being able to vote and participate in elections is an important component of social inclusion; empowering people with mental illness to have a political voice and in turn reducing stigma. Previous research indicates that patients with mental illness are less likely to vote compared to the general population.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec id="S0924933800233683_abst0002" sec-type="other"><jats:title>Objective</jats:title><jats:p>This study explores knowledge and uptake of the voting rights of adults living in mental health supported accommodation in Westminster (London) in the 2015 UK general election.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec id="S0924933800233683_abst0003" sec-type="other"><jats:title>Aims</jats:title><jats:p>Understand patients’ awareness of their eligibility to register and cast their vote. Identify patients’ interest in engaging in the voting process and strategies to overcome potential obstacles.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec id="S0924933800233683_abst0004" sec-type="methods"><jats:title>Methods</jats:title><jats:p>A staff-assisted survey was undertaken in all mental health supported accommodation across Westminster prior to the general election in May 2015.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec id="S0924933800233683_abst0005" sec-type="results"><jats:title>Results</jats:title><jats:p>A total of 142 surveys were returned. Nine out of 10 surveyed believed they were eligible to vote; over half wanted to exercise their right to vote & if registered, a third felt they required assistance to vote.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec id="S092
AU - Townell,J
AU - MacLaren,T
AU - Argent,V
AU - de,Ridder L
AU - Shanmugham,S
AU - Venkataraman,A
AU - Clarke,M
AU - Khwaja,M
DO - 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2016.01.1649
EP - 454
PY - 2016///
SN - 0924-9338
SP - 453
TI - Knowledge and Uptake of Voting Rights By Adults With Mental Illness Living in Supported Accommodation in Westminster (London) During the 2015 Uk General Election
T2 - European Psychiatry
UR -
VL - 33
ER -