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Improving mental health support

Sep
1
2016

Involvement in Research on Loneliness
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Guest Blog by Jackie Hardy and Anjie Chhapia

Birdseye meeting - newsletter headerReducing loneliness – how do you do that then? Hopefully through recruiting the right Community Navigators! Here we reflect on how involving experts by experience in a recruitment exercise can add value and hopefully contribute to a successful research study

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Jul
25
2016

Getting our Report Card – asking people what they think of you and acting on their responses, the Your Experience in Mind Survey
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Guest Blog by Madeleine Musgrove, Research and Evaluation Officer, Mind

Mind have been workiYour Experience in Mind pic 550x356ng together with the McPin Foundation since 2014 to evaluate the experience of people using our federated local Minds through the annual ‘Your Experience in Mind’ survey.

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Jul
13
2016

Implementing an online mental health toolkit for relatives– reflections from our first data day!
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There is an increased focus and interest in how to implement innovations into health care settings. And there should be! Call it improvement science or knowledge transfer or implementation – this area of work is how information developed through research studies or service improvement programmes can be used to achieve practical change.

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Mar
31
2016

Mental Health and Support into Employment: Is it Working?
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research in the newsAs the recent report from the Mental Health Taskforce points out, only 43% of people with mental health problems are in work, compared with 65% of people with other health conditions, and 74% of people in the general population. The figures are far lower for people with severe mental illness – for example, the employment rate for people with schizophrenia is around 8%.

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Jul
3
2015

Reflections from working on an evaluation project: Your Experience in Mind
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We are keen to look at new ways of involving mental health service users and carers in research. Part of our commitment to developing new approaches has been to investigate the things that have worked well and not so well about the methods we have tried in our own research and evaluation studies. We will publish a series of methods papers describing our work. Our first methods paper describes the 'Survey Champion' approach used in an evaluation of Local Minds.

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Jun
25
2015

Right Here Right Now: The CQC on the state of crisis care
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hot off the press - CCC logoThe Crisis Care Concordat was launched in February 2014 with the aim of improving the quality and availability of help and support for people experiencing a mental health crisis; support before reaching crisis point, urgent access to safe, respectful and effective care in an emergency, and support for recovery and the prevention of future crises.

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May
27
2014

Ups and Downs
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We have been involved in a study looking at experiences of support and treatment in bipolar disorder. And it has recently been published in the Journal of Mental Health so it felt like a good time to reflect on this piece of work.

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