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Apr
15
2021

Work Well

What is this project?

The Work Well project was an employment project operating in South London and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

The aim of the programme was to invest in local projects that tackled poverty and promoted social inclusion and employment, while also providing clients with tailored employment support.

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Oct
28
2020

Keep Cool: promoting teen mental health during Covid-19

Artwork by a Young People’s Network member, inspired by the Anger theme of the third KeepCool film.

What is the project about?

For many young people, Covid-19 has had a negative effect on mental health. Many young people report high rates of anxiety or low mood – even higher than before Covid-19, according to some studies.

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Jun
25
2020

Social support after loss to suicide

What is this research?

The McPin Foundation is supporting a PhD project based at University College London focusing on social support after a loss to suicide. Not much is known about the impact of suicide loss on a group of family and friends, or about how best they can support each other through this bereavement.

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May
1
2020

Screen Time: research priorities for screen time and young people’s mental health

What is this project?

This project aims to identify important and unanswered questions about the impact of recreational and social screen time on young people’s mental health. In this project, screen time is defined as watching TV and online videos, playing games, browsing the internet and using social media.

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Mar
25
2020

Agency, Social Identity & Justice in Mental Health: A collaboration with young people, clinicians & academics

What is this project?

Funded by the Medical Research Council, our Young People’s Network is working with Rose McCabe, Matthew Broome, Lisa Bortolotti and Michael Larkin on an exciting new project about young people’s sense of social agency. Agency is the capacity of an individual to act independently and make their own choices.

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Mar
3
2020

MumsAid: Evaluation of a perinatal counselling service

MumsAid is a charity that provides free counselling for women experiencing mental or emotional difficulties in pregnancy or after having a baby. The aim is to improve clients’ mental health, wellbeing, confidence in parenting, and the bond between mother and baby. McPin were commissioned by MumsAid to evaluate the service to see what impact it has had.

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Oct
7
2019

Violence, abuse and mental health: identifying research priorities

The Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network (VAMHN) is a network of researchers, charities and other organisations which aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems across people's lives by addressing violence and abuse. The McPin Foundation have been involved in setting research priorities for the network. 

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Oct
10
2019

Designing an audio tour for the National Gallery

What is this project?

Funded by the Medical Research Council, our Young People’s Network worked with Dr Helen Fisher and the National Gallery team to design a mental health themed audio tour. The tour focused on raising mental health awareness by debunking some of the major mental health myths.

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Feb
14
2019

Women Side by Side: Evaluation of a women’s peer support programme

For information about this project, please see the following:

Project reports:

Blogs:

Outline of our evaluation:

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Dec
12
2018

Collaborating with The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute

What is this project?

The goal of THIS Institute, which is funded by the Health Foundation, is to “create a world-leading scientific asset for the NHS about how to improve quality and safety in healthcare. We are guided by a highly participatory, collaborative ethos that combines academic rigour with the real concerns of the people who use and work in the NHS”.

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Aug
28
2018

Mental Health and Money Advice: Evaluation of a joined up service

Research shows that people who experience mental health problems are more likely to struggle with money. The reverse is also true, people who experience money problems have a higher chance of struggling with their mental health. Despite this, there is a lack of services offering support to individuals struggling to cope with these two topics combined.  That's why we are evaluating one of the first UK-wide combined money and mental health service set up by Mental Health UK.

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Aug
22
2018

Open Space: Evaluation of a library-based wellbeing programme

What is this research?

Suffolk libraries are running a library-based programme that offers psychological and wellbeing support to the local community. The libraries are working in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Julian Support, an organisation that offers housing support to people with mental health problems.

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Mar
9
2018

Peer Support Employment Groups Evaluation

What is this study?

This is an evaluation of a Peer Support Employment Groups project, which is led by the mental health charity Mind and funded by the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) National Lottery Community Fund. The aim of this project is to support those with mental health issues furthest away from the labour market into employment or education/training.

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Dec
3
2019

Perinatal Mental Health: Peer Support Principles

What is this study?

Comic Relief and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) commissioned Mind and the McPin Foundation to develop a set of guidelines to help people and organisations providing peer support to new mums. The guidelines – or principles – should give people the knowledge and confidence to provide support that is safe, inclusive and helpful.

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Jan
9
2018

IMPART: Implementing an online support package for carers

What is this study?

The Implementation of a Relatives Toolkit (IMPART) project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research programme. It is looking at how to implement a digital mental health intervention into routine clinical care.

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Jan
9
2018

Connecting People

What is this study?

This is a study about a programme called Connecting People based at the University of York and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School of Social Care Research. It seeks to support the development of people’s social networks as part of a mental health recovery journey.

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Jan
9
2018

AD-CARE

(Acute Day Units as Crisis Alternatives to Residential Care)

 

 

What is this research?

AD-CARE is a 3 year research study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and led by researchers at University College London (UCL), to explore how acute day units – previously known as day hospitals – contribute to crisis care support for people with mental health problems.

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Jul
18
2017

Thrive London – Employment and Mental Health

You can download the final report here.

What is this research?

We were commissioned by the London Health Board and the London Mental Health & Employment Collaboration to carry out a small study to illustrate the experiences of Londoners who have been affected by serious mental health problems and are either in work or looking for a job.

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Jun
29
2017

Active Lives, Healthy Minds

What is this study?

 

Active Lives, Healthy Minds is a mental health and wellbeing project focusing on the Nepalese, Somali and Tamil communities in west London. The project is run by Race on the Agenda (RotA) in partnership with the Tamil Community Centre, Ilays and Account Trust.

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Apr
11
2017

The TOGether Project: Evaluation of a suicide and self-harm intervention

What is this research?

Tameside, Oldham and Glossop (TOG) Mind  ran a three year project aimed at addressing people at risk of suicide and self-harming in Tameside. It was initially targeted at men aged 18-55, but this remit was extended during the project to include women.

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Mar
23
2017

Research in English NHS Mental Health Trusts

Download our briefing Everywhere and Everyone Included? research in NHS Mental Health Trusts in England

What is this work?

We wanted to understand how research active NHS mental health trusts in England are, and what the barriers to trusts hosting or developing research are.

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Feb
9
2017

SLaM’s Wheel of Wellbeing Evaluation

Reports

Our Theory of Change for the Wheel of Wellbeing, and accompanying report, are now available to download:

Theory of Change for the SLaM Wheel of Wellbeing

SLaM Wheel of Wellbeing Theory of Change Report

 

What is this research?

The Wheel of Wellbeing is a visual framework made up of six universal themes that underpin mental (and physical) health and wellbeing: body; mind; spirit; people; place; planet.

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Feb
7
2017

Mental Health Peer Health Coaching Initiative – Evaluation

The final report is available to download here

What was this project?

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust commissioned the McPin Foundation to carry out an independent evaluation of a peer coaching project. The project was co-designed and led by trust staff and people with experience of mental health problems.

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Jan
11
2017

My Support Broker, Evaluation

This project is now completed, and the two volumes of the report are available to download.

What is this research?

My Support Broker  is a social business that provides independent support brokerage to help people with social care needs plan and manage their support.

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Jan
11
2017

Suicide Prevention & Bereavement Support

What is this research?

We have collaborated on a number of projects looking at how suicide can be prevented and how people who are bereaved by suicide are supported. These include:

  • Using funds from the Judi Meadows Memorial Fund we are supporting, with the University of Exeter, a PhD studentship examining how GPs can identify and better support people who are in psychological distress and may be at risk from suicide.  
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Nov
22
2016

Cognitive Bias Modification for Paranoia (CBM-pa)

 

 

What is this study?

The CBM-pa study aims to investigate whether a new technique known as cognitive bias modification (CBM) is helpful for people experiencing paranoid thoughts. The research involves participants completing a computerised CBM-pa programme. This programme presents everyday situations and draws people’s attention to specific words that might trigger paranoid thoughts.

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Nov
2
2016

Right People, Right Questions: Research priorities for young people’s mental health

What is this research?

We conducted a James Lind Alliance (JLA) priority-setting partnership (PSP) to help support our understanding of children and young people’s mental health. It brings together children and young people (including those with lived experience of mental health problems), families, professionals and academics to identify the top 10 priorities for research in children and young people’s mental health.

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Aug
5
2016

Peer Mentoring Service at Camden VoiceAbility – A Qualitative Evaluation

Download the final evaluation report

What was this project?

Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) asked the McPin Foundation to carry out an independent evaluation of the peer mentoring service run by Camden VoiceAbility. Peer mentoring through VoiceAbility involved a mentee setting short-term, achievable goals with a mentor, who had been through similar experiences.

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Jun
23
2016

Information and Psychosis

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A summary of our findings can be found here.

What was this research?

This project included focus groups and one-to-one interviews with a total of 27 service users with experience of psychosis and 16 carers. The project aimed to support the work of Imperial College Health Partners who have developed a psychosis pathway and are working locally to improve outcomes for people with psychosis.

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May
27
2016

Community Navigators: Reducing loneliness in people with depression and anxiety

Though everyone experiences loneliness from time to time, people with mental health problems report having smaller social networks. Research has found links between loneliness and shorter life expectancy, as well as reduced rates of recovery from depression and anxiety. It is therefore important that we find out what is effective at helping people with depression and anxiety to feel more connected to others.

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Mar
11
2016

100 People: Evaluation of employment support

Download the final report on the 100 People

Download the summary report on the 100 People Project

What is this research?

Funded by the Trust for London, the 100 People project will delivered specialist employment support to people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder using the Individual Placement and Support model.

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Feb
26
2016

My Story, Our Future: a storytelling project about living with psychosis

What is this research?

This work was commissioned by the Office of London Clinical Commissioning Groups, the mental health support charity Certitude and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to better understand the experiences of people who have psychosis.

Why is this work important?

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Jan
22
2016

SLaM Recovery College Evaluation

We've just begun some exciting new work on an evaluation of the SLaM Recovery College. Throughout the evaluation we'll be talking with students and tutors of the college, and stakeholders in the local community to find out how the recovery college approach to mental health is working in SLaM for students at the college. The Recovery College Model revolves around recovery based education classes that are co-produced by service user and health care practitioner tutors and jointly delivered to a mix of service user, carer and health care professional students who learn together within the college.

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Nov
25
2015

IAPT for people with severe mental illness: A service user evaluation

We have just produced two reports from our service user evaluation of IAPT for SMI funded by NHS England. The sufull report covermmary report is a 12 page A5 booklet and the full report is much longer! Both have been produced with the three peer researchers who worked on this study alongside staff from the McPin Foundation. We are very grateful to everyone who participated and are working with the study sites to disseminate the findings locally.
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Nov
24
2015

REACH – Resilience, Ethnicity, Adolescence and Mental Health

Our Public Involvement in Research team are working with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), on an exciting new project called REACH, which is a research programme funded by the European Union. It is a five year programme which will look at risk and resilience factors reachamong secondary school aged children in London (aged 11 to 16), using surveys with young people as well as follow-up interviews with a smaller group of young people to explore emerging themes.
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Jul
10
2015

Side by Side: A National Evaluation of Peer Support

Mind, Bipolar UK and Depression Alliance have been funded by the Big Lottery Fund to develop a programme that will raise awareness of, and deliver, mental health peer support across nine regions of England and their online peer support platform, Elefriends. The McPin Foundation are working with St George's, University of London and the London School of Economics to evaluate the programme. We will seek to understand the principles and values that lie at the heart of peer support and develop the best way to support and expand the sector based on the evidence we gather. We will also be exploring the impact of the programme over a 12 month period.
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Jul
9
2015

Trial of Sertraline versus CBT for generalised Anxiety (ToSCA)

The following text has been adapted from the protocol for the study

1. What is this research?

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is common, causes unpleasant feelings and damages people’s lives. It is often chronic and may be accompanied by depression. Recent NICE guidelines have outlined the best initial treatments but it isn’t clear whether medication or psychological therapy provides better outcomes for those not responding to simpler low intensity treatments.

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Mar
24
2015

Kent Wellbeing Programme Evaluation

 

Reports

Our final report on our evaluation of the Kent Mental Wellbeing programme is now available. If you would like any further information about the evaluation or report, please feel free to contact Rose – rosethompson@mcpin.org.

Kent Wellbeing final summary report

You can see our reports from the Theory of Change work from the first phase of the evaluation by clicking below:

Kent Wellbeing Concept mapping summary report

Kent Wellbeing Concept mapping full report

You can see individual project reports for 3 of our Kent projects by clicking below:

Primary Care Link Workers

Kent Sheds

Mental Health First Aid

 

What is this research?

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Nov
20
2014

The Primrose project: severe mental illness and physical health

The Primrose project is a large scale research study based at University College London and we support a Lived Experience Advisory Panel co-ordinated by Dr Ben Gray. People with mental health problems are at greater risk of developing heart problems. The Primrose project aims to develop and pilot a new service in primary care that improves the care of people with mental health problems and reduces their likelihood of having heart problems.
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Nov
20
2014

Cochrane summaries

The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group is internationally recognised and based at the University of Nottingham. The group produce systematic reviews on the latest evidence about schizophrenia. The reviews focus on the latest randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in the treatment of schizophrenia.
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Oct
28
2014

Crisis Care Concordat evaluation

 

What was this evaluation?Crisis Care Infographic

The Crisis Care Concordat was launched in February 2014. It is an England-wide national agreement between the different agencies and services involved in the care of people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, a mental health crisis.

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Jun
20
2014

Driving Change: Global mental health report

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We worked with Mind to support the global mental health forum for the World Innovation Summit in Health (WISH) which met in Doha, December 2013. Our role was to work with mental health NGOs across the world to understand their views and experiences of innovations in mental health care.

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Jun
20
2014

PEOPLE Study – evaluating personalisation and personal budgets

peopleWe have delivered with Rethink Mental Illness a Big Lottery Funded research study into the impact of personalisation on people with severe mental illness. The study has produced a series of tool kits which were launched October 2013. There are toolkits for practitioners, people living with mental health problems and families or carers. The project has been guided throughout by a group of people with lived experience of mental health problems and with an interest in personalisation. This Lived Experience Advisory Panel has helped us to put together our data collection tools, to recruit people to the study, to gather local intelligence and to analyse our data. “I’m proud of my personal involvement with the People Study and I know that I have learnt such a lot from the process and from everyone involved in the study. I have found it to be very rewarding and the journey has been an interesting one. I’m really fascinated by research processes and have a healthy respect for the amount of work that goes into putting together innovative research.”  Shirley Dean, All Together Positive
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Mar
25
2014

Your Experience in Mind, Survey

Publicity card picWe are working with Mind to gain feedback from the people using their services. The Local Mind’s taking part are each recruiting one person with lived experience of mental health issues to work with us to promote the survey locally and help us with analysis and dissemination. It is a really exciting project working in England and Wales and we know we are going to learn a lot from our lived experience team in how best to run and coordinate these large scale evaluations efficiently, sensitively and inclusively to ensure diverse voices are heard.
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Mar
25
2014

Birth Companions

birth-companions-logoWe are working with Birth Companions to evaluate their Community Link project which provides support to vulnerable women before, during and immediately after the birth of their baby. Women accessing the service face multiple challenges including social isolation, mental health problems, immigration and asylum issues and a history of abuse. We are conducting interviews and a literature review to find out what works to support these women during this difficult period of their life. The evaluation project is guided by women who used to access the service, staff and volunteers.
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Nov
22
2013

Viewpoint Survey on stigma and discrimination

logo-3The McPin Foundation is a founding partner in the Viewpoint Survey, a major annual survey of experiences of mental health discrimination among around 1,000 service users across five areas of England. The project is delivered in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London. Researchers at the Foundation have worked on the project since it began in 2008.
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Nov
22
2013

Wellbeing Networks and Mental Health

We have recently completed a two year research study looking at the personal networks of people with severe mental illness in two study sites by mapping connections to people, places and activities. We worked with Plymouth University and the study was funded by the NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research (HS&DR) programme. A key interest has been looking at the social factors that impact on mental health problems, and developing ideas for further research on recovery and connectedness.
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Nov
22
2013

Decisions about medication during pregnancy

How do women decide whether to stop or continue taking their mental health medication during pregnancy? Read about the decision-making journey of 12 women in our new paper 

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Nov
22
2013

Young people’s anti-stigma campaign

youngpeopleWe are delivering the Time to Change Children and Young People’s programme evaluation. This means working in schools across Kent and parts of London understanding the impact of Time to Change activities on kids aged 13-15 in terms of their attitudes, knowledge and intended behaviour. In 2003 one of our team undertook mental health awareness research in secondary schools and found 250 different labels used to describe people with mental health problems. Part of our evaluation will assess if the list of words used today about mental health issues has changed and how.
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Aug
5
2013

Community Health Networks research

networksOur 30 month study looking at the community health networks of people with mental health problems completed data collection today (5 August 2013). This NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research funded study will report in October 2013. We have just commissioned an independent peer researcher to work with the group of service user researchers on the project to ensure their take on our findings from a lived experience perspective is fully incorporated into the writing up phase.
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