We exist to transform mental health research
The McPin Foundation is a mental health research charity. We believe research is done best when it involves people with relevant personal experience that relates to the research being carried out. We call this ‘lived experience’ and integrate this into our work.
What we do
Our work is inspired by our vision of a mental health system in which research and services are shaped by people with relevant personal experience that relates to the research being carried out or the service being designed. We do this by:
- Delivering high-quality mental health research and evaluations that use collaborative methods
- Supporting and helping to shape the research of others, often advising on strategies to involve expertise from lived experience
- Working to ensure mental health research achieves positive change by influencing methods, practice, and decision making in mental health research
What would you like to explore?
Working with us
Looking for a mental health research partner with expertise in peer research? We can help with training, public involvement work, hosting and more.
Research involvement opportunities
Help design and influence research using your lived experience of mental health issues.
We explore treatments for paranoia, how virtual reality can help with psychosis, how we can better tackle loneliness in our communities and more.
Young People's Network
If you're aged 13-25 and interested in shaping the mental health of children and young people, sign up to the Young People's Network.
Maternal mental health • Young people
Using kids' TV to help explain mental health
Mental health services • Peer support
Creating while waiting: enhancing experiences of waiting for mental health support
Lived experience • Policy and politics
New resources aim to help people make key mental health decisions
gameChange: virtual reality and psychosis
In the largest ever trial of virtual reality for mental health, a VR therapy has been shown to help people with psychosis who find being in social situations or public places difficult.