The McPin Foundation exists to transform mental health research by putting the lived experience of people affected by mental health problems at the heart of research methods and the research agenda.
We work in three main ways:
- We conduct user focused mental health research. Running our own projects, or working as part of a collaborative team, we undertake expert consultancy and innovative research using a range of methods to involve people with lived experience of mental health problems.
- We build the capacity of others to conduct user focused mental health research. We do this by sharing knowledge and skills about research methods, networking with others delivering user focused mental health research, by providing funding and by training and employing peer researchers to carry out research among people affected by mental health problems.
- We seek to influence methods, practice, and decision making in mental health research. By sharing innovation and good practice and raising awareness, we seek to ensure that the views of people with lived experience of mental health problems become central to research methods and the research agenda.