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Mental health & the cost-of-living crisis

As 2022 continues to see rising energy prices & inflation, and lower benefits support, we look at how money will impact the nation’s mental health more than ever this year.
Finance and mental health

Why collaboration is the key to the future of mental health research

McPin Deputy Research Director Dan Robotham shares his experiences of working with the UKRI mental health research networks.
Research methods
Project report
Project report

Work Well Evaluation

An evaluation of the Work Well project, an employment project operating in South London, which invested in local projects that tackled poverty and promoted social inclusion and employment

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.

Our team

From research to operations, communications and public involvement, we’re united by a passion for mental health research and a mission to help put lived experience at its heart. Meet the team.

Using kids' TV to help explain mental health

To mark Parent Mental Health Day, one of the McPin team shares why kids tv shows can be more than just entertainment for the little ones.
Maternal mental health • Young people

Visualising Public Mental Health

Public mental health affects us all – this new tool pulls together all the connected components in one visual framework
Inequality • Public mental health

Time for Change: Action Not Words (Black History Month 2022)

McPin Research Director Vanessa Pinfold shares some reflections on 'actions not words' for Black History Month 2022.
Inequality • Racial equity

Mental health & gender: “It’s the only way to be comfortable with your identity”

Following International Non-Binary People’s Day, we spoke to McPin YPAG member Chris about gender, being non-binary and the impact it can have on someone’s mental health.
Inequality • LGBTQ+

Public Mental Health

Asking the question: what affects a population's mental health, and what does a mentally healthy population look like?

Therapy ‘out and about’ helps people feel safer outside their home

A new therapy that takes people outside of the therapist’s room is helping people with severe paranoia to lead more ordinary lives.

4 ways to find lived experience advisory opportunities in mental health research

Want to find out how you can share your personal experiences of mental health challenges to inform mental health research? Adeola Agunbiade shares her top tips.
#MentalHealthResearchMatters • Lived experience

How does research benefit from a lived experience perspective?

McPin trustee, Naheen Ali, writes about the value of bringing your lived experience to mental health research.
#MentalHealthResearchMatters • Peer research

Awareness alone isn’t going to solve the mental health crisis

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, a McPin Peer Researcher & Public Involvement Officer discusses the disparity between awareness-raising and the severity of the national mental health crisis.
Lived experience • Severe mental illness

Mental Health and Money Advice shows impact of joined up thinking

A McPin researcher shares why money and mental health are so closely linked, following an evaluation of the Mental Health and Money Advice service.
Finance and mental health

The importance of the storyteller’s identity in mental health narratives

Mental health stories are important – but so is the identity of the storyteller. Following a new study on mental health storytelling, an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultant shares why.
Inequality • Stigma

Endometriosis and mental health: exploring intersecting lived experiences

A McPin research manager shares their experience of 'endo', and how it impacts their mental health, for Endometriosis Awareness Month.
Lived experience • Physical health

Who are the 'experts by experience' in mental health research?

Before Laura left McPin in the summer 2016 to begin a PhD she wrote this blog exploring some of the issues about how we use our lived experience of mental health issues as researchers.
Lived experience • Research methods

“By sharing small bits of myself, interviewees may have opened up more”

Alex Kenny talks about disclosure, empowerment and the need for breaks while working as a peer researcher on a virtual reality project.
Digital mental health • Peer research

Can being in nature really boost our mental health?

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, JJ Buckle soaks up the research on how nature can boost wellbeing.
Anxiety • Environment