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Rachel Temple

Rachel is a Public Involvement in Research Officer and Researcher at the McPin Foundation. She previously worked for organisations such as Priory Group and MCCH, supporting young people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities. She currently helps manage an online peer support group for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Rachel graduated in 2016 with a BSc with honours in Psychology from the University of Kent. During her studies, she investigated the relationship between physical exercise and anxiety-related difficulties. She hopes to challenge current perceptions of mental health difficulties within young people, with a special interest in Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and self-harm. Rachel aims to combine her practical and personal experiences of mental health in order to promote quality research. She supports the Public Involvement in Research (PIiR) programme, by coordinating McPin’s Young People Advisory Group and promoting public involvement and engagement in a range of projects. She is currently involved in the ‘Right People, Right Questions’ project for young people, as well as ‘Open Space’- an evaluation of a library-based mental health programme.