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Whether you are someone with experience of mental health problems or psychosis, a relative or friend, there are lots of ways in which you can get involved in projects related to mental health and well-being. Some opportunities will be voluntary; some will be paid.
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If you select your location below, you will some of the research studies and other events in your local area. You can ask your care co-ordinator or EYE-2 Research Assistant for more information and more opportunities locally. All the studies and news events are written by the people who are running them.

Localised news and events

Hampshire Research Studies

HWB – Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing Survey

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The aim of this survey is to provide information about the health and wellbeing of people with Severe Mental Illness. The two main objectives are: to benchmark current health related behaviours for people with severe mental ill health; and to provide a platform for future research with this population.

What is involved?

You will be asked to complete a short survey, which will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. You can then post this in a free post envelope back to the University of York research team.

Interested?

To take part you must meet the following criteria:

Aged 18 or over; Have a recorded diagnosis of a serious mental illness (SMI) including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar affective disorder, and associated disorders.

Unfortunately you cannot take part if:

You are a non-English speaker; Lack the mental capacity to give consent to participating.

If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:

Dr Lizi Graves; Email: lizi.graves@southernhealth.nhs.uk; Tel: 02380 475943


COPe – Carers fOr people with Psychosis E-support

COPE Support logo

E-support for families and friends of individuals affected by Psychosis. The study aims to find out if COPe-support works to improve carers’ wellbeing and how well they cope with caring. The COPe-support provides peer support, information on psychosis and ways for carers to look after themselves, all online.

What is involved?

We are inviting carers supporting a loved one affected by psychosis to join the study, using the online resource called COPe. Carers can be parents, partners, siblings, other relatives or close friends. Participants will receive £30 in total for their time.

Interested?

To take part you must meet the following criteria:

Supporting a loved one affected by Psychosis; Aged 18+Have internet access

Unfortunately you cannot take part if:

You’re not living in England; Unable to communicate in English

If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:

Carolyn Asher; Email: c.asher@nhs.net; Tel: 02382 310787 or 02380 475943

Prevalence of Pathogenic Antibodies in Psychosis (PPiP2)

This study aims to estimate the prevalence of antibodies against neuronal cell surface targets in patients with psychotic symptoms.

What is involved?

There is a short questionnaire and some blood will be collected. Participants will be given £10 for their time.

Interested?

To take part you must meet the following criteria:

Be aged 18-70

Have acute psychosis symptoms: lasting at least the past two weeks but no long than two years.

Participants can have a total history of psychosis longer than 2 years, as longs as there have been a period of at least six months of remission prior to the current episode. The current episode should be less than 2 years long.

Unfortunately you cannot take part if:

You have any other neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebrovascular disease, hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury, meningo-encephalitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, CNS vasculitis.

Primary drug induced psychosis

Are pregnant.

If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:

Joanne McCarthy; Email: joanne.mccarthy@southernhealth.nhs.uk; Tel: 02380 475943

Exploring Unusual Feelings

This questionnaire hopes to understand the likely causal relationships between the psychological factors measured. Specifically, the aim of the study is to better understand what factors cause dissociation, and whether dissociation might cause psychotic symptoms.

What is involved?

The study is a questionnaire based study which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and participants will receive £5 for their time.

Interested?

To take part you must meet the following criteria:

Diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, first episode psychosis, delusional disorder and psychosis not otherwise specified.

NOTE: You cannot take part if you are diagnosed with affective psychosis – i.e. psychotic depression or bi-polar disorder.

Unfortunately you cannot take part if:

Diagnosed with affective psychosis - i.e. psychotic depression or bi-polar.

If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:

Joanne McCarthy; Email: joanne.mccarthy@southernhealth.nhs.uk; Tel: 02380 475943

Udamo

A short questionnaire study aiming to gain insight into the use of self-help apps.

What is involved?

You are being invited to take part in a research study exploring your views and opinions in how we can improve the levels of engagement with self-help apps supporting people with physical and mental health problems in your services.

If you decide to take part in the study, you will be asked to complete a survey questionnaire that will take about 10-15 minutes. The questionnaire will ask you about your use of online platforms and mobile devices and self-help apps to support managing physical or mental health problems. Moreover, suggestions on what improvements would help keep engagement with health apps.

If you wish to complete a paper questionnaire please get in contact with our research team.

Your responses will be anonymised and collated with all other responses by the research team.

Interested?

To take part you must meet the following criteria:

All staff who are involved in providing care for people aged 18 years and above with physical and mental health problems are being invited to take part in this survey.

Please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YPS3CZ2

Service users receiving care for mental health problems aged 18 years and above

Please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YPZHLNR

If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:

Dr Lizi Graves; Email: lizi.graves@southernhealth.nhs.uk; Tel: 02380 475943

Research into Antipsychotic Discontinuation and Reduction randomised controlled trial (RADAR).

The RADAR study assess the benefits and risks of a flexible, supported strategy for antipsychotic dose reduction and possible discontinuation. In particular, it will evaluate effects on social functioning as well as relapse.

What is involved?

Participants will be randomised to either the reduction arm or the standard care arm with a 50/50 chance of being in either. Participants in the reduction arm will work closely with the research team and their care team to reduce their medication.

Participants will be asked to go through some cognitive assessments with the researchers. Participants will be assessed at baseline, followed up at 6, 12 and 24 months. There will be a £20 cash payment to the participants for their time and transport costs.

Interested?

To take part you must meet the following criteria:

-Be 18 years and above

-Taking antipsychotic medication

-Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or related condition

If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:

Charity Chakanetsa or Juliana Marandu; Email: charity.chakanetsa@southernhealth.nhs.uk or Juliana.marandu@southernhealth.nhs.uk; Tel: 02380 475943