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.
Do you feel that your physical health is affected by your mental illness? Maybe it’s linked to the side effects of mental health medication or because of difficulties accessing physical health care, or maybe it’s something else completely?
We want to develop new ways to help you with your physical health, could you answer a few short questions about what help you would like from your friends and families to help us? http://ow.ly/ijDGo