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Current research opportunities

This is a list of opportunities for getting involved in research, which is updated regularly. The opportunities are sorted into involvement and participation. Due to the current situation, most or all of the opportunities listed here are related to Covid-19 as this is what most new research studies are focusing on. Although it is always McPin’s preference to prioritise the promotion of involvement over participation opportunities, currently most Covid-19 studies are participation opportunities. We hope that this will change.

If you have an opportunity that you think is relevant to the work done by McPin, please fill out this form about the opportunity and send it to Anja Hollowell (anjahollowell@mcpin.org)


Involvement opportunities

We currently do not have any involvement opportunities to display here.

If you have an involvement opportunity that you think would be relevant to the work of McPin that we can display here, please fill out this form and email it to Anja Hollowell – anjahollowell@mcpin.org.


Participation opportunities

**Trigger warning: Suicidality**

Understanding the experience of supporting a suicidal friend or relative with psychosis

This is an interview study to explore the views and experiences of people who have supported or cared for a suicidal friend or relative with psychosis.

The research is being done by researchers at the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, Lancaster University.

  • Location: Online/by phone
  • Person specification: anyone aged over 18 in the UK who has supported a friend or relative with psychosis and suicidal thoughts/behaviours
  • Remuneration: participants will receive £10 in recognition of their time and participation
  • Contribution: a confidential one-to-one interview which takes around 1 hour to complete. Interviews can be done by phone or on Microsoft Teams.
  • Deadline: Ongoing

For more information about participating in this research, please click here to see the participant information sheet.

If you would like further information about participation in this study, please contact: Paul Marshall (p.marshall4@lancaster.ac.uk, or 07732 050853)


(Covid-19 related) Project Title: Attitudes About COVID-19 and Health (ATTACH)

This project is looking at people’s attitudes and behaviours towards the COVID-19 pandemic. The research aims to see the potential impacts on mental health outcomes, particularly for people from Black and Asian populations and those with medical conditions. 

  • Location: Smartphone/Online
  • Person specification: To be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and be over the age of 16. 
  • Remuneration: People who complete monthly surveys and consent to be contacted will be entered to receive a £10 Amazon Gift card
  • Contribution: 1-minute daily poll questions on a smartphone app. 10-minute monthly surveys
  • Deadline: Ongoing

If you would like to take part please go to the trial website: https://bit.ly/attachstudy

You can download the study information sheet here.

For further questions or problems accessing the website or app, please contact the research team via email: ich.attachstudy@ucl.ac.uk


(Covid-19 related) Covid-19 Social Study – UK

This is a research project about the psychological and social experiences during the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), conducted by University College London.

There are two ways to participate in this study: an online survey or an interview.

Interviews:

  • Location: phone or video interview
  • Person specification: there are various people that the study would like to hear from, including people with mental health problems and healthy young people. Please see this website for the full list.
  • Remuneration: £10 gift voucher
  • Contribution: Interview lasting around 45 minutes
  • Deadline: ongoing

Online survey:

  • Location: Online
  • Person specification: 18+ adult
  • Remuneration: none
  • Contribution: two online surveys of around 15 minutes.
  • Deadline: Ongoing (until social isolation measures end)

(Covid-19 related) Co-SPACE Study – Covid-19: Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children during Epidemics

This is a survey study about school-aged children (aged 4 – 16) who are living in the UK. The Co-SPACE study will tell us how families are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic, and what parents can do to help support their children’s mental health. The study is conducted by the Department of Experimental Psychology & Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

  • Location: Online
  • Person specification: 18+ parent of school-aged children
  • Remuneration: None
  • Contribution: one online surveys of around 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Deadline: Ongoing

(Covid-19 related) Co-SPYCE Study – Covid-19: Supporting Parents and Young Children during Epidemics

This is a survey study about pre-school-aged children (aged 2-4) who are living in the UK. The Co-SPYCE study will tell us how families are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic, and what parents can do to help support their young children’s mental health. The study is conducted by the Department of Experimental Psychology & Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

  • Location: Online
  • Person specification: 18+ parent of pre-school-aged children
  • Remuneration: None
  • Contribution: one online surveys of around 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Deadline: Ongoing

(Covid-19 related) Achieving Resilience during Covid-19 (Oxford ARC study)

Survey investigating how adolescents (aged 13 to 18) and their parents/carers are coping with social isolation due to Covid-19. Participants are asked to complete a survey weekly for about three months and then monthly for nine months.

  • Location: Online
  • Person specification: young people aged 13 – 18, and their parents/carers
  • Remuneration: None
  • Contribution: weekly (for about three months) and then monthly (for nine months) surveys of around 10-15 minutes (first one is 20 minutes long)
  • Deadline: Ongoing

(Covid-19 related) Repeated Assessment of Mental health in Pandemics (RAMP)

This project is looking at the effect of Covid-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of the population. The research aims to monitor the mental health and wellbeing of people in the UK during the pandemic in order to understand the effects so that people can be supported better in the future.

  • Location: Online
  • Person specification: To be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and be over the age of 16.
  • Remuneration: None
  • Contribution: Fortnightly surveys that take around 30 minutes. These will be monthly once the situation is more stable.
  • Deadline: Ongoing

You can find opportunities specifically related to young people and more information about projects involving McPin’s Young Person’s Network.

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