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Oct
13
2017

Mental Health Act Review – Our Response

On 4 October 2017, Theresa May announced an independent review into the Mental Health Act. 

In response, Vanessa Pinfold, Research Director and Co-Founder of the McPin Foundation, says:

“We welcome the review of the outdated Mental Health Act (MHA). This legislation, as it stands, creates a key barrier for parity of esteem between the treatment of physical health and mental health problems and impedes on our compliance with Human Rights Act.

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Sep
27
2017

Involving young people in research

By Nhung

At the McPin Foundation, we’re always talking about involving those with lived experience in research. This is sometimes referred to as Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in research. In this blog I discuss what PPI has meant for one of our projects, Right People, Right Questions, from three staff members who are involved in the project (myself, Lauren and Thomas).

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Jun
27
2017

Trauma Informed Approaches: talk and discussion led by Beth Filson

 

2.30-4.30pm Tuesday, July 11th, 2017. The McPin Foundation, 32-36 Loman St, SE1 0EH

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Art by Beth Filson

About the event

McPin are delighted to welcome the internationally renowned Beth Filson to speak on the topic of Trauma Informed Approaches in mental health.

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Apr
19
2017

Collaboration between MHRUK & the McPIN Foundation

Mental Health Research UK (MHRUK) and the McPin Foundation have agreed to formalise our existing close working relationship to deliver our shared mission to transform mental health research; MHRUK through funding PhD studentships and McPin by ensuring research involves people affected by mental health issues in the design and delivery of studies.

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Mar
23
2017

Everywhere and Everyone Included? – The Government must do more to make a reality of its ambitions on mental health research in the NHS

New analysis by the McPin Foundation shows that the Government’s commitment to create a “culture of innovation and research that is embedded at every level” in the NHS is far from being met in mental health services. Stronger national leadership and incentives are needed to support mental health trusts to invest in research. 

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Feb
15
2017

Summary of group discussions from our first methods workshop now available

We have produced a summary of the fascinating group discussions held during our first McPin Methods Workshop on 30th November 2016. This workshop focused on integrating lived experience expertise within mental health research teams and groups discussed three questions, with key themes for each summarised in our report:

  1. How might models for involving people with lived experience in research evolve?
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Jan
31
2017

Priorities for research in young people’s mental health – ‘Right People, Right Questions’

The ‘Right People, Right Questions’ project has now launched its national survey which can be found here. We are looking to hear from young people with experience of a mental health problem, their parents or carers, their friends and family, the professionals that work with young people, or anyone else with an interest in young people’s mental health.

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Jan
9
2017

“Blooming” not “Blue” Monday – supporting real research into depression

blooming mondayOver the last decade or so the third Monday in January (the 16th this year) has become known as ‘Blue Monday’, the most ‘depressing day of the year’.

As has been pointed out many times the science underpinning this claim is non-existent; the result of a formula made up to try and sell holidays.

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Dec
7
2016

Service users needed to join the Mental Health and Justice study Service User Advisory Group (SUAG)

We are looking for eight people with personal experience of mental health problems to join a London based Service User Advisory Group (SUAG) for a new study entitled ‘Mental Health and Justice’. The study is about understanding what legal and other support people with mental health problems need to lead full and independent lives.

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Nov
25
2016

McPin Foundation’s patient and public involvement methods week

The McPin Foundation is committed to using researchMcPin PPI Mental Health Research to improve the mental health of people in communities everywhere. We champion the role of lived experience expertise in all aspects of mental health research. We employ and work with people with mental health problems to provide advice on research and deliver research projects.

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Sep
30
2016

Our News September 2016

During the summer the team at McPin have started some exciting new projects working with new partners and old. These have included:

The Judi Meadows Memorial Fund is supporting a new PhD studentship with Exeter University on GPs and suicide prevention.

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Sep
16
2016

Looking ‘beyond the role’ – new methods paper on the impact of a collaborative evaluation on the peer evaluators

We have just published our latest methods paper which explores the impact of being a 'survey champion' as part of the Your Experience in Mind project evaluation local Mind services had on some of those involved. We employed 25 people who had lived experience of mental health problems and using local Mind services to help drive up participation in the survey in their local area. The new paper reports on a series of interviews we carried out exploring how it helped them gain confidence, develop new skills and how it provided a stepping stone for some into further education or towards employment.
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Sep
9
2016

Learning how to talk about suicide – funding new research into how GPs help people with suicidal thoughts

Saturday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day when we join with others to shine a spotlight on suicide and encourage open and honest discussion about suicide and suicidal thoughts. Evidence shows that talking openly about suicide is critical in encouraging people in distress to seek help and breaking down the stigma that forces too many to suffer in silence. We are therefore excited to announce that together with Exeter University the Judi Meadows Memorial Fund is funding a PhD student who will research new ways to help GPs identify and support people who are psychologically distressed.
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Aug
9
2016

New Networks Officer Job Vacancy in Hounslow based on innovations and insights from McPin research

A new networks officer job vacancy is currently being advertised by the London Borough of Hounslow as part of the new Hounslow Wellbeing Network, which is based upon research we have conducted at the McPin foundation.
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Jun
30
2016

Our News – June 2016

our newsThe past few months have flown by and summer approaches with a number of staff changes at McPin. We look forward to welcoming back Sarah Hamilton (Research Manager) and Naomi Clewett (Senior Researcher) from maternity leave. We also welcome Ian Bradshaw to the team as our new Policy Manager.

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Apr
19
2016

Looking forward to the Wellbeing Network launching in Hounslow

One of our research studies has contributed to a new Wellbeing Network being launched in Hounslow which aims to improve wellbeing among people with long term mental health needs. Watch the animation to find out more about how it will work.
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Mar
31
2016

Our News – Crisis Care in England: Where next?

our news CCC logoEarlier this year, The Mcpin Foundation completed its brief evaluation (click here to read the summary and here to read the full report) of the local implementation of the national Crisis Care Concordat. The underlying approach of the Concordat was to improve partnership and multi-agency working; recognising the range of statutory and non-statutory agencies involved in crisis care, the role of family and friends, and working to ensure that crisis support is as effective as possible.

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Mar
15
2016

McPin is turning 3 years old!

McPin is turning 3 years old! In a couple of weeks’ time we will be celebrating our third birthday as a mental health research charity that involves and champions experts by experience in research. Time has flown by and we’ve grown our supporter base, employed more peer researchers and become involved in varied and many projects. We recently had a strategy day with 30 staff reflecting on where next for McPin? Ideas were in abundance and what we must do is keep developing mental health research lived experience expertise. Please do encourage friends and others to sign up to support us. Our quarterly newsletter is the best place to start!
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Dec
10
2015

Our News – Kent’s Mental Wellbeing Programme

KENTTEarlier this year, we completed the first phase of our evaluation of Kent County Council’s Mental Wellbeing Programme. This involved developing a series of concept maps which was a new approach for us but is becoming more common in evaluation studies.

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Nov
23
2015

Kent wellbeing programme – resources launched

One of our evaluation studies has been developing concept maps, also known as a Theory of Change approach to evaluation.  Concept maps have been produced for the Kent County Council Public Health’s Mental Wellbeing Programme, consisting of eight wellbeing interventions, and these are being used to help plan the next phase of the Wellbeing programme. Kent adopt six ways to wellbeing in their Live it Well framework: Be active; Keep learning; Give; Connect; Take notice; Care for the planet. You can read about how the commissioner - Ivan Rudd - is using our reports in his blog piece and down load the evaluation reports.
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Nov
16
2015

My Support Broker

We are pleased to be working with My Support Broker to evaluate a personal budgets project funded by Nesta. We have employed two peer researchers to help us and the study will generate evidence to support on-going initiatives for the roll our of personal budgets with vulnerable groups, including people with mental health problems.    
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Oct
23
2015

Mental Elf – developing the #RCTDebate conversation

Thank you Mental Elf  and your bloggers Amy Price and Douglas Badenoch, for reviewing our commissioned Talking Point paper (RCTs: The straitjacket of mental health research?) and encouraging #RCTDebate. We commissioned Alison Faulkner to write a paper on any topic she chose, from the perspective of a survivor researcher, in order to open up discussion on topics that need to be progressed if we are going to transform mental health research. The goal of the McPin Foundation is to do just that #transformMHresearch. Methodological developments are central to this goal - so we encourage you to join in with Mental Elf and the twitter feed #RCTDebate.
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Sep
30
2015

Our news – Assessing psychological treatment services – findings from our user focused evaluation

iapt report cover croppedThis month marks an important milestone in our project evaluating an NHS England funded programme known as IAPT for SMI, as the reports on our findings have been launched, both a full report and summary – the culmination of 10 months’ intensive work here at McPin!

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Apr
22
2015

Where are there expert by experience mental health research groups?

We have just launched our Directory of UK Mental Health Service User and Carer Involvement in Research Groups. This was compiled by Julie Billsborough, and was quite an undertaking but we are really pleased to present this collated resource featuring 88 groups doing a diverse range of activities to improve mental health research . Click here to have a look through our Directory. We hope you find it helpful and easy to use. If you have any feedback or would like to add your group to the directory then please email: contact@mcpin.org  
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Mar
26
2015

Developments at McPin – March 2015

We have reached a birthday milestone and created a strategy for the organisation: that feels like a real achievement and significant changes are planned in order to deliver our vision for transforming mental health research. Our strategy is modest, but focused, centred on our key concern to put expertise by lived experience at the heart of mental health research.

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Mar
26
2015

Our news – March 2015

As we approach the end of our second year at the McPin Foundation, it’s a good time to reflect on our progress in the last year and the new, exciting work we have planned. Our research work centres on five themes: Children, Young People and Families; Improving mental health support; Wellbeing and Connectedness; Inclusion and combating stigma; and Collaborating with people with lived experience.

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Jul
29
2014

Launching the McPin Public Involvement in Research Programme by Thomas Kabir

Shaping McPin - whiteboardThe mission statement for the McPin Foundation is 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 have been thinking hard about how to do this and we have a way forward.

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