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Aug
8
2022

Partnership with WWCSC (What Works for Children’s Social Care)

What is this project?

McPin is partnering with What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) on two evaluation projects – the Care Leaver Mental Health project and the Staying Close project.

McPin is training, recruiting, and facilitating peer researchers with similar lived experiences to conduct interviews with participants in both projects.

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Mar
30
2022

Bridging the Gap: Optimising implementation of evidence in children and young people’s mental health

What is this project?

The Bridging the Gap project aims to gain a better understanding of what facilitates and inhibits the uptake of mental health interventions in practice.

With this knowledge the team will then co-develop several outputs, including a validated tool, which will be used to measure the barriers in practice in different contexts and settings, as well as recommendations on how to develop successful implementation strategies.

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Mar
17
2022

SPPaRO: Setting Priorities for Paranoia Research

What is this project?

Many people experience mistrustful or suspicious thoughts, including worries that others are deliberately trying to harm them. The technical term for these worries is paranoia.

Whilst we recognise that paranoia can occur widely across the population, we would like to focus on the views on research priorities of people who feel very certain that they are being persecuted.

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Jan
25
2022

CoRAY: Exploring young people’s experiences of being involved in mental health research

The CoRAY project is exploring young people’s experiences of being involved in mental health research in some capacity, including patient and public involvement activities.

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Sep
27
2021

Let’s Talk

What is this project?

The ‘Let’s Talk’ project aims to give people an opportunity to discuss stigma and disclosure of their mental health with a peer support worker.

The project is designed specifically for people who are experiencing self-stigma related to psychosis.

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Sep
23
2021

Successful Treatment of Paranoia (STOP)

What is the study?

The STOP (Successful Treatment of Paranoia) study follows on from the now completed Cognitive Bias Modification for Paranoia (CBM-pa) study. You can read a summary of the results here.  

The STOP study aims to develop and test if a new smartphone app version of the approach developed in the CBM-pa study can help people with paranoid or threatening thoughts.   

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Sep
13
2021

Support, Comprehensive Care and EmpowErment for people with psychosocial Disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa (SUCCEED Africa)

What is this project?

Support, Comprehensive Care and EmpowErment for people with psychosocial Disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa (SUCCEED Africa) is a research consortium that aims to develop and evaluate an enhanced package of care for people with psychosocial disabilities in the region.

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Jul
7
2021

Community Navigators2: Reducing loneliness in people with depression

What is this project?

We previously worked with mental health service users, practitioners and researchers to develop the Community Navigator programme, led by a team at UCL. This programme aimed to reduce loneliness for people with depression and anxiety who are using community mental health services.

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May
27
2021

PsyMetRic Project for Young People

PsyMetRiC Project

The Psychosis Metabolic Risk Calculator Project

What is this study?

The Psychosis Metabolic Risk Calculator (PsyMetRiC) project aims to create a tool which predicts health risks related to young people’s treatment for psychosis. It is hoped that the tool could be used as a guide for healthcare professionals.

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May
27
2021

Community Transformation Programme realist evaluation

What is this project?

In September 2019 NHS England, NHS Improvement and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health launched The Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults.

The aim of this framework is to eliminate the kind of silo working that results in people having difficulty accessing services, experiencing long waiting lists, and being passed around the system or finding they do not meet the criteria or threshold to receive support.

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May
26
2021

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.

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Mar
11
2021

Inequalities & Their Impact on Public Mental Health

A wooden sign against the sky. Black text on the sign reads 'Amplify your voice' with an arrow pointing down
Photo by Kelly Lacy

What is this study and why is it important?

Social and structural inequalities are understood as factors within society that advantage one group and disadvantage another. These include discrimination by way of race, age, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender expression, neuro-diversity, sexuality, the disparity of financial resources, access to good housing and healthcare, and various other forms of marginalisation. 

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Nov
23
2020

EYE-2: Early Youth Engagement in First Episode Psychosis

What is the project about?

This study is about improving services for people who have a first episode of psychosis so that more people want to stay with the service and benefit from its support.

The first Early Youth Engagement (EYE) project at the University of Sussex developed a new approach with young people, their parents and Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) staff.

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Jul
11
2022

UK LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Survey

What is the project about?

The Trevor Project is the worlds largest suicide prevention and mental health organisation for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people. The Trevor Project is launching a version of their annual U.S.

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Dec
21
2020

Phoenix Virtual Reality for Self-Confidence: Developing a VR approach to help young people with psychosis

What is the project about?

This is a project about developing a virtual reality (VR) approach for young people who are experiencing psychosis. The VR will be designed to increase happiness, activity levels, and overall quality of life. The aim is that the VR intervention will help improve the self-confidence of young people with psychosis.

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Jul
13
2021

King’s College London’s Centre for Society and Mental Health

What is the project about?

The Centre for Society and Mental Health at King’s College London is carrying out research all about understanding the impacts of social disadvantage and social injustices on young people’s mental health. Some examples of social injustices are: poverty, insecure housing, structural racism, bullying, discrimination.

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Sep
6
2022

Centring Young People in Mental Health Research

A collaboration to improve involvement of young people and co-production in mental health research through promotion of best practice and shared learning

Young people sitting in a circle

What is the project about?

This project is an exciting new collaboration between The University of Birmingham, its Institute for Mental Health (IMH) and their Youth Advisory Group (YAG), and The McPin Foundation’s own Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG).

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Oct
12
2020

Understanding access to secondary mental health services during and after the Covid-19 pandemic

Photo by Marianne Bos. Three arrows in circles pointing in different directions painted on a concrete wall

What is this project?

McPin are working with The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute on a study exploring people’s experiences of accessing and providing secondary mental healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Oct
8
2020

Black Thrive Employment Project: Evaluating community led change to improve employment outcomes

What is this project?

This is an employment project, funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, and led by Black Thrive, which is an organisation that was created to work across the London Borough of Lambeth to achieve change so that black residents can thrive.

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Mar
24
2022

Supporting Adolescents with Self-Harm (SASH): How to better help teens seeking support from A+E

Trigger Warning: Self-Harm, Suicide

What is this project?

Young people who self-harm deserve to be listened to, feel supported and be treated with compassion when they access emergency services. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.

That’s why researchers from City, University of London and McPin want to help improve support for teens who go to A+E for self-harm and suicide.

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Nov
8
2021

CHOOSE Study: Learning from Covid-19 – Using GP records to improve how services support young people with mental health problems

What is this project?

This project aims to explore how the mental health of children and young people has been affected during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is being funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 

The researchers will use data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) to examine how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected children and young people.

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Jun
30
2021

Universal School Interventions: improving the mental health of young LGBTQ+ people

What is this project?

The McPin Young People’s Network are teaming up with a researcher at UCL who is doing some research about young LGBTQ+ people’s mental health.

This project aims to find out how universal school interventions can improve their mental health.

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Feb
12
2020

Blueprint: Improving services available to children and young people

What is this study?

The Blueprint project is exploring services available to children and young people in England and Wales who are experiencing common mental health problems. These are commonly occurring problems that generally do not require admission to hospital and include problems such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Oct
18
2019

Sleep Well: Improving sleep to reduce young people’s psychosis risk

What is the opportunity?

We have recruited 5 young people aged 14-25 with sleep problems who deal with unusual or psychotic experiences (this could include paranoia, unusual thoughts or hearing voices) to form a Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) that is advising on and shaping a research project looking at how improving sleep may help prevent psychosis in young people.

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Aug
30
2019

Public Mental Health: what affects a population’s mental health?

What is the research?

Public mental health is the art and science of promoting mental health and wellbeing, and preventing mental illness. It acknowledges that the physical, familial, social, cultural, economic and political environments in which people are born, grow, live, work and age have important implications for mental health. 

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Apr
12
2018

TYPPEX Study

(Tailoring evidence-based psychological therapY for People with common mental disorder including Psychotic EXperiences) 

                                                    

What is this study?

Too many people with common mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety, do not recover after receiving talking therapy.

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Apr
12
2018

Mental Health and Justice

What is this research?

Traditionally, the concept of mental capacity has been used in the UK justice system to determine who has certain legal rights and responsibilities and who can enter and transact legal relationships, which is often referred to as ‘legal capacity’.

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Apr
12
2018

gameChange: Improving lives through Virtual Reality therapy

What is this research?

Many people experiencing psychosis find social situations difficult and consequently withdraw from everyday activities. This isolation and lack of activity means that people often develop physical health problems and their mental health deteriorates. It has been suggested that virtual reality (VR) could be used as a form of therapy for some people affected by psychosis.

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Oct
25
2017

Feeling Safe

What is this research?

The Feeling Safe study aims to understand the effectiveness of a new psychological therapy aimed at helping people who have persecutory delusions (strong unfounded fears that others intend harm to them). The study has two arms. In the first arm, people will receive the new Feeling Safe therapy.

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Jul
13
2017

Narrative Experiences Online (NEON)

 What is this study?

“Narrative Experiences Online” (NEOn) is a research study led by the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. The study looks at whether reading or listening to other people’s online stories of personal recovery can improve quality of life for people with psychosis.

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Jul
9
2015

SINAPPS: Immunotherapy for Psychosis

What is this research?

There is some evidence that around 9% of people who present with psychosis have very particular kinds of antibodies in their blood. Essentially, the body is acting as if it is fighting an infection, triggering an inflammation response and psychosis soon follows.

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Jul
9
2015

Research into Antipsychotic Discontinuation and Reduction

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What is this research?

The Research into Antipsychotic Discontinuation and Reduction (RADAR) trial aims to assess the benefits and harms of a gradual programme of antipsychotic reduction in people with schizophrenia and non-affective psychosis. It is a randomised controlled trial, and participants will either have the antipsychotic reduction strategy or continue with antipsychotic maintenance treatment.

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Oct
22
2014

Partners2 Research Programme

What is this research?

The PARTNERS2 research programme focuses on developing better ways of supporting people with severe mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar or other psychoses) within GP practices. Funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Applied Health programme, it was originally developed by the late Professor Helen Lester, Professor of Primary Care at the University of Birmingham.

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