Awareness of the value of involving people affected by mental health problems in research, evaluation and service design is growing – but there is a long way to go.  The McPin Foundation works to influence stakeholders to make user involvement an integral part of mental health research and service evaluation and design.

 Our influencing work includes:

  • educating and lobbying decision makers and opinion formers
  • taking part in relevant debates, fora and networks
  • supporting and working in coalition with others to influence the research process and research agenda.

Examples of our work

Our research director, Vanessa Pinfold, has been the chair of the Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders since 2014. This group seeks to gain influence for the mental health research community and improve the quality of mental health research. They contributed to the development of a Framework for mental health research (2017) published by the Department of Health.

In 2017, we published a policy briefing called Everywhere and Everyone Included: Research in NHS Mental Health Trusts in England, which argued the Government needs to do more to fulfil its commitment on spreading research within mental health services.

In 2019, McPin joined the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders and Vanessa is co-leading a working group focused on lived experience. In May 2020, an international meeting in Mumbai, India will explore global mental health research funders involving expertise from experience in their funding calls. 

McPin have been supporting the MRC’s new research programme – Adolescent Mental Health and the Developing Mind. Our Young People’s Advisory Group have met the coordinator, helped recruit the programme director and sat on a funding making panel in February to award engagement grants. We spoke at the launch event and continue to work closely with the MRC, providing public involvement expertise.