Liesbeth is a registered Clinical psychologist (HCPC), trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and accredited CBT scientist (VGCT, The Netherlands). She is a Clinical Fellow and PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, School of Health in Social Science, where she teaches on the Masters of Psychological therapies. Her PhD subject is 'Social anxiety in psychosis'. A key drive behind her work is to lower and change thresholds that hinder people from having fulfilling interpersonal relationships, which has resulted in research in the fields of mental health stigma and social anxiety. Liesbeth is Board member of the Dutch Academic Network in the UK and Scotland’s Singing for Health network, and founder and Chair of HarmonyChoir (www.harmonychoir.com). HarmonyChoir will hold a musical event to raise awareness of racism and the effect of racist experiences on mental health, and how to be a more active bystander in the autumn of 2021, raising money for mental health charities and anti-racist organisations, partly funded by the Society for Theatre Research. This event being the launch of a research survey on this subject, with collaborators from the University of Edinburgh, University of West-Scotland and University of Roehampton.
Liesbeth Tip, Jingni Ma and Christina McClure review a recent cross-sectional study exploring vicarious racism, vigilance and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. They present their own personal accounts of racist attacks, their reflections about the usefulness of bystander interventions, and their determination to work together to help people feel safer and more included in society.
As we prepare for our choral music #MentalHealthJukebox on Saturday 27th January, Liesbeth Tip explores a qualitative evaluation of a Norfolk-based community singing project (Sing Your Heart Out) aimed at people with mental health conditions and the general public.