As part of our service to you, we’re highlighting how you can play a part in furthering research into mental health. You can see a range of opportunities to get involved with on our website but we’d particularly like to promote the following two:
Treatment outcomes in schizophrenia: The views of patients and carers
Researchers at the University of Oxford are carrying out a study to learn about the treatment outcomes that matter to people with schizophrenia and to carers. If you are aged 18 or older and have personal experience of schizophrenia, or if you support or care for someone who does, they would be interested in speaking to you.
If you take part in the study, a researcher will interview you about your experiences and opinions of treatment. The interview will be relaxed and informal, much like a conversation, and carried out at a time and place to suit you. You would not be identified personally in any reports. This study has received approval from the NHS Research Ethics committee, reference number: 13/ES/0143. To find out more and how to take part, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text message Joanne Lloyd on 07804 419489 or Helen Lloyd on 07913 824926.
Experts by experience
The Cochrane Collaboration produces some of the latest research on schizophrenia and mental health problems, and is part of the internationally recognised Cochrane Schizophrenia Group. Rethink Mental Illness is currently sponsored to produce lay summaries for the Cochrane Collaboration. We’d like to get people with experience of mental health problems and carers involved in reviewing these. Together we can make information about research more relevant, meaningful and accessible to people with mental health problems and carers. Read more about the Cochrane reviews here. For further information about getting involved, please email:email@example.com.
We’re still looking for someone paid National Minimum Wage who we could talk to, possibly for a campaign video.
Ideally London/SE if poss. Please email felicity @ unionstogether.org.uk.
Would you be interested in taking part in a qualitative study exploring experience of the ending of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)?
Peter from the University of Lancaster is conducting qualitative research as part of his clinical psychology training. The study has NHS ethics approval. He is meeting with people and asking individuals who have received CAT about their experience of the ending of therapy-things like: how it felt, what was important about it, what helped or didn’t help. he hopes this research will help us to understand more about how therapy works and how it is experienced.
So, if you : have had CAT over the last two years and had a recognised (not abrupt or unplanned) ending, for any problem or diagnosis, and would like to meet with him for an informal discussion about your experience of CAT ending, he would be really glad to hear from you. he will travel to meet you, either at a neutral place near you or your own home.
If it is of interest you can contact him:
Text/phone: 07852516812 or E:mail P.Lydon@lancaster.ac.uk
A science documentary is looking for 18-25 year olds currently living with various mental illnesses to share their story. It will be an hour long documentary for the BBC 3 Mental Health season, focussing on the science of mental illness. The idea of the show is to focus on 6 or 7 individual young people (18-25) who each have a different mental health issue. Using your stories, and the latest scientific information, they will use illustrative computer graphics to demonstrate the causes of and treatment for their particular illness while seeking to dispel common myths.
They are hoping to include: Anxiety (including panic attacks), OCD, Eating Disorders, Bi Polar disorder, Self Harm, Psychosis and Schizophrenia.
If you would be happy to share your experiences please contact Alex Carruthers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They are looking to finish the documentary in May so ideally they want to talk to someone as soon as they are available.
Contact Rebecca Burrows to learn more email@example.com