ARIADNE: AddRessing the ImpAct of coviD-19 paNdEmic on the access to and experience of mental health care of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups

What is this project?

This project is funded by the NIHR policy research programme under the funding call ‘Recovery, Renewal, Reset – Research to inform policy responses to COVID-19’. It is a 12-month study involving four NHS Trusts in Manchester, Sheffield, Coventry and East London.

The method we will be using is EBCD (Experience Based Co-design). Our focus is exploring the impact of the pandemic on access to and experiences of mental health care among people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

We will be interviewing key people to capture their view on current challenges and potential target ideas for change. We will be running workshops. Finally we hope to create implementation plans with each site to address inequalities.

Why is this project important?

The pandemic has widened inequalities in society, with people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities experiencing the negative impact of Covid-19 disproportionately. In mental health there was already a problem of inequalities in access and experience of care.

This research will support other programmes of work in the four sites to co-develop action plans to address racism and inequalities in mental healthcare. Our ambition is it can contribute to learning and change.

How are McPin and people with lived experience of mental health problems involved in this project?

We are a partner in the project and will be working with Steve Gilbert OBE to lead PPI (patient and public involvement) in research activities. This includes the formation of a 12-person LEAP (Lived Experience Advisory Panel) who will work with the team to influence and shape the project.

McPin will also employ two peer researchers to work on the study under the leadership of Dr Domenico Giacco From University of Warwick.

How can I get involved?

The project recently completed, September 2022. A report is being prepared for the funder – the NIHR. Thank you to everyone who supported this piece of work, including the LEAP members and peer researchers in the team.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about the project, contact