This is an abbreviated version of professor Niels Buus’ inaugural lecture at the Faculty of Health, University of Southern Denmark, in Slagelse on 7 September 2017. The lecture is organised round a heuristic model of user involvement in clinical health care and in health care research. Parts of Buus’ previous and on-going research in Denmark and Australia are introduced and mapped onto the model as a way of comparing approaches and their inherent levels of user involvement. Buus emphasises research on the collaborative and resource-oriented Open Dialogue approach to holistic health care service delivery, the MyPlan crisis management app for suicide prevention, and psychosocial rehabilitation of elderly people bereaved by suicide. Some caveats and possibilities of user involvement are discussed.

Keywords: mental health recovery, mental health services, patient participation, psychosocial support systems, suicide