Mental Health Research Matters

#MentalHealthResearchMatters was a cross-organisation collaboration between the McPin Foundation, Mental Elf and the University of Oxford to share the importance of mental health research.

About the campaign

The background

In 2018, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) funded eight mental health research networks (below). These networks are formed of academics, clinicians, third sector representatives and those with lived experience, amongst others.

The networks embrace a collaborative ethos, bringing together researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including technology, health, medicine, biology, social sciences, humanities and environmental sciences.

In Autumn 2022, the Mental Health Research Matters team ran a digital conversation about why mental health research matters, what good mental health research looks like and how we can all get involved to make a difference.

The campaign has now ended, and the #MentalHealthResearchMatters website closed. You can find lived experience content from the campaign on this page, and all other content on the Mental Health Research Incubator site.

The research networks

Meet the eight UKRI-funded research networks. They tackle a variety of mental health research subjects, ranging from youth mental health to violence and abuse.

The campaign coordination team

An Impact & Engagement Coordination Team was appointed to help facilitate the networks and to champion and amplify their work. They shared blogs, videos, podcasts and more, drawing on the work from across the networks and the wider mental health research landscape.

They wanted to not only share the great work that the networks have done, and continue to do, but also to encourage all people to get involved in mental health research. Mental health is an issue which affects everyone, and a holistic approach – built through true cooperation and working together across all disciplines and backgrounds – is required if we are to improve people’s mental health.

The Mental Health Research Matters campaign steering group

For the Autumn 2022 campaign, the Mental Health Research Matters team recruited a steering group with lived experience and researcher representatives from across the eight UKRI networks. The steering group met once a month in the run-up to the campaign to offer guidance and feedback on campaign plans. They also contributed towards content creation.

#MentalHealthResearchMatters because it can improve people’s lives.

Read the campaign report




Project report
Project report

#MHRM campaign report

The final report from our #MentalHealthResearchMatters campaign with Mental Elf and the University of Oxford to share the importance of mental health research.
#MentalHealthResearchMatters | 31st August 2023

Find out more

Discover more about the campaign on the Mental Health Research Incubator website, and find out more about the work we do to champion lived experience in mental health research on our Work with us section.


The campaign was a collaboration between: