Feeling Safe

The Feeling Safe study aims to understand the effectiveness of a new psychological therapy aimed at helping people who have persecutory delusions (strong unfounded fears that others intend harm to them). The study has two arms. In the first arm, people will receive the new Feeling Safe therapy. In the second arm, people will receive befriending. The new Feeling Safe therapy is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), it is made up of a series of modules on topics such as sleep and worry. Alternatively, befriending provides regular time for people to talk with someone able to listen, understand, and provide emotional support. People will be allocated to the two arms randomly.

The study lead is Professor Daniel Freeman from Oxford University. The research will take place in Oxford, Berkshire, and Northamptonshire. It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). If you would like more information about the Feeling Safe study, please see here.


Why is this research important?

Persecutory delusions are unfounded beliefs that others are trying to harm the person. It is well-recognised that treatments for persecutory delusions need significant improvement, given the effectiveness of medication has been shown to be limited.

The new Feeling Safe therapy is designed to help people feel safer, happier, and be more active. The purpose of this research is to test whether it works. If it is shown to work then it will be possible to use the therapy more widely in NHS services. To show it works we compare it to another type of support that has known benefits: befriending.


How are McPin involved?

The McPin Foundation operates a Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) for the study.  We will also be conducting a number of interviews to look at people’s experiences of receiving the Feeling Safe therapy in 2018.


What stage is the study at?

The study is currently recruiting participants.


Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact Thomas Kabir: