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Join the sleep and mental health advisory group!

Many people have experienced sleep problems in their lifetime, including people with mental health issues. These sleep problems can happen when our circadian rhythms (our internal body clock) are disrupted. There currently is not a lot of research to explore the relationship between mental health issues, sleep and circadian rhythms.

This is why McPin are teaming up with sleep experts on a new project, led by University of Edinburgh. This project will bring together experts (researchers, clinicians, service-users, young people) on sleep, circadian rhythms and mental health. They will form an exciting new research network. This network will be focused on building new partnerships, providing training for new researchers, and setting the scene for future research on sleep, mental health and circadian rhythms.

The McPin Foundation are forming a Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) for this project.

For more information on this project and its aims, click here

Payment: £25 per hour

Deadline: 20th February 9am


Have a key role in developing a common language for the side-effects of antidepressants internationally

People who take antidepressants commonly experience some side-effects, such as feeling sick. However, the same side-effects can have different terms, which are often difficult to understand or interpret, for example feeling sick / nauseous / gastrointestinal upset. This project led by The University of Oxford aims to give clinicians and people with lived experince of depression a common language for the side-effects of antidepressants internationally. The result will be a free, online, evidence-based ‘dictionary’ of terms that can be used by clinicians, people with lived experience of depression, and the public to make informed and shared decisions about the prescribing and use of antidepressants.

They are looking for people (18 years+) to join a Lived Experience Advisory Panel for the project. You will attend ~4 online / in-person meetings over 6 months, with additional tasks between meetings.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: £20 per hour for meetings and tasks between meetings, with all reasonable travel expenses covered.

Deadline: Friday 10th February 2023, 12 pm


Participate in online study exploring the emotional impacts of cancer in young people

The Liverpool research team would like to understand the emotional impact of cancer in children and young people aged 12 -18 years old. Some children and young people, following medical treatment for cancer, experience worry, sadness and upsetting thoughts/memories. The team hope that study will help develop a better understanding of the emotional impacts and therefore improve the psychological and social support available to those affected by it.

The young people will take part in an online survey that takes around 15-20 minutes.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: There will be a prize draw to win one of four £50 vouchers.

Deadline: Sunday 30th April 2023


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