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Jun
30
2017

Why I’m doing Ride London to support Mental Health Research
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Our policy manager Ian writes about why he is doing RideLondon, and the special challenges of doing it whilst in recovery from anorexia.

‘You are MAD…’

That was my Mum’s response to the news that I am doing RideLondon 100 mile bike ride at the end of July.

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Apr
7
2017

Depression: Let’s Talk (About How We Talk About It)
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Ian Bradshaw Policy Manager

Ian Bradshaw, Policy Manager

Today (7 April) is World Health Day, organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). They have picked the theme of “Depression: Let’s Talk”.

It would be easy to be cynical. Yet another campaign about talking about mental health.

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Dec
16
2016

Research in 2016
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research-image-codesign-is-vitalTo mark the end of 2016, we’re taking a look back at some of what the McPin team has learned over the past year.

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Nov
11
2016

Is Scouting really the answer to mental wellbeing?
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Ian Bradshaw, Policy Manager

Ian Bradshaw, Policy Manager

As a former Scout (and Cub Scout) with a history of mental health problems my eye was naturally drawn to the headlines declaring that ‘Scouts and Guides provide ‘mental health boost for life’. Yet again I am the exception to the rule!

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Sep
30
2016

Ride London – Evan’s blog
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Guest Blog by Evan Champion, McPin Rider 2016

When I feel the black dog sniffing around I’ve learned to hit the gym. I suppose I’ve always dealt with depression, though generally it’s nothing too serious. I went through one period of doing every intensive aerobic session I could find at the YMCA in Montreal.

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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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Jun
14
2016

What does the research tell us about how you talk about and beat stress? #MHW2016
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‘How do you beat stress’? was the question for Men’s Health Week which ran 13th to 17th June 2016. How do men talk about stress? How do men manage it rather than let it build up and harm us? Read Daryl's blog on the role of research in answering this question. We link this to some of our work at McPin and we are keen to hear your views on how research can play a role in creating mentally healthier communities ....

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May
13
2016

Relationships for Mental Health
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At the McPin Foundation, we’re gearing up for Mental Health Awareness Week, which provides an opportunity to join together to promote the importance of wellbeing and mental health for everyone, young or old. Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 takes place between 16th and 22nd May and the theme is ‘relationships’, because of the massive influence they have on our health and wellbeing. This connects with a number of projects that we are involved in at McPin, which sit under our theme of 'Wellbeing and Connectedness'. You can find out more by clicking here.

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Jun
25
2015

Research in the News – Mindfulness for the masses?
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research in the news - mindfulnessOver the past couple of months, mindfulness has been making headlines again. This is partly due to a new study, published in the Lancet that suggests that the practice is ‘as effective as pills for treating recurrent depression’.

It is fair to say that for some years now, there has been a lot of hype surrounding mindfulness – a type of therapy that draws on aspects of ancient Buddhist practices and is aimed at ‘increasing people’s awareness of themselves, their emotions and the environment around them, through meditation, yoga and breathing’.

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May
24
2015

#mymadidea from West London Collaborative
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cfc2v2I attended a very interesting event at Chelsea Football Club on 21st May organised by the West London Collaborative – a new, independent organisation that is working with West London Mental Health NHS Trust to enable service users, carers and staff to work together in equal partnership to design, deliver and evaluate services following co-production as a way of working.

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Mar
26
2015

A Social Prescription a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?
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“Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.” Paracelsus

With the next general election in less than two months’ time, mental health and wellbeing issues have recently become a political talking point with several parties promising to “bring mental health out of the shadows”.

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Jul
29
2014

Improving wellbeing for everyone – and the challenges for research
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Research in the news - wellbeingWellbeing is currently a buzzword in the world of public health. In July, CentreForum released a report on happiness and wellbeing which recommended that a focus on wellbeing be embedded across Governmental and community work, and that subjective wellbeing should be used to evaluate and allocate health resources.

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Mar
28
2014

We are concerned about the mental health of PhD students. By Sarah Hamilton
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The McPin Foundation’s vision is to ‘transform mental health research’ to ensure that lived experience is at the heart of all research affecting people with mental health problems. This means making research accessible at lots of different levels to allow people with different interests and skills to have their contribution valued in research.

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Jun
6
2013

What helps personalisation flourish?
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It sometimes seems as though our health and social care systems are in a constant state of change. Queen’s speech announced more changes to social care, at a time of increasingly difficult financial constraints. One area which is being widely discussed is the need to improve integration between Local Authorities and the National Health Services.

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