Rachel Temple

Rachel is a Public Involvement in Research Manager at the McPin Foundation, having joined the team as a trainee in 2017. She was previously a support worker for young people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. She currently helps manage an online peer support group for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Rachel graduated in 2016 with a BSc with honours in Psychology from the University of Kent. During her studies, she used her personal experiences to investigate the relationship between physical exercise and anxiety-related difficulties. At The McPin Foundation, she leads the McPin’s Young People Advisory Group and the wider young people’s network. She is passionate about ensuring meaningful involvement of young people in mental health research in ways that are comfortable, accessible, and engaging; regularly drawing from her social anxiety experiences when facilitating. Rachel was involved in the Right People Right Questions research, which identified the top ten unanswered research questions about young people’s mental health. She has led the young people’s involvement on several other projects including the Mental Health National Gallery Audio Tour project, mental health and screen use, and Agency & Identity for Mental Health.