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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

‘Best practice’ for co-production: Does clashing trump consensus?

Part of the challenge of doing good co-production in research is that it may be designed to clash – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, says a McPin Lived Experience Researcher.
Peer research • 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

Peer research at Hive: thriving, creative & juggling many identities

In March, McPin joined over 120 people at the Hive conference to talk about peer research. Here are a few things we took away.
Peer research • Research methods

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.

Young People's Network

Our Young People’s Network is a mailing list of young people who want to get involved in mental health research. Here you can make connections, learn new skills, have your say and lots more

Schools and researchers – strange pairing or recipe for success?

Historically doing research in schools may seem like more hassle than it’s worth but, to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, we’ve released a new podcast where members of the REACH project share
Young people
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

Research involvement opportunities

Help design and influence research using your lived experience. Our range of involvement opportunities are aimed at all ages, unless specifically stated.

QUAHRC Methods Podcast: Co-producing research with young people with lived experience

A paper from the Screen Time study
Digital mental health • Young people

"It gave me a totally different perspective": a researcher on receiving young people's feedback

A staff nurse and researcher shares her first experience of working with a Young Person's Advisory Group.
Lived experience • Physical health

Media centre

An overview of McPin including who we are, some of our key speakers, and our media contact information

Creating while waiting: enhancing experiences of waiting for mental health support

Two youth advisors share their insights on being involved with a project that used creativity to explore experiences of mental health support.
Mental health services • Peer support

Adult ADHD in Women: How I finally found out why I am how I am

For ADHD Awareness Month, a McPin team member shares her experience of being diagnosed with ADHD in her thirties, writing about adult ADHD in women, and her top tips for thriving with ADHD.

Whose idea is it anyway? Using research infrastructure to turn people’s ideas into projects

McPin's Deputy Research Director shares his thoughts about the new patient-led research hub in Cambridge.
Lived experience • Mental health services

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

Valuing lived experience research: changing the publication process

McPin’s Head of Research and Involvement looks at barriers to publishing lived experience articles following the launch of a lived experience issue in a major journal.
Lived experience

Macmillan Peer Evaluator Training

Reflecting on our second successful three-day training for Peer Evaluators with Macmillan cancer support.
Coproduction • Peer research

When taking part in research is your service

#MentalHealthResearchMatters and is a force for good, writes Thomas Kabir, McPin’s head of Public Involvement in Research.
#MentalHealthResearchMatters • Peer research