Doing our part as citizens: citizen science in mental health research

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Laura Hemming summarises a systematic review that synthesises and develops best practice guidelines for citizen science in mental health research.

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Capturing the lived experience of depression

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Charlotte Walker blogs about a recent World Psychiatry ‘bottom-up review’ on the lived experience of depression; co-written by experts by experience and academic researchers.

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Exploring the experiences of loneliness in people with mental health difficulties

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In her debut blog, Nuria Gardia explores a qualitative study on loneliness experiences among people with mental health difficulties in the UK, which finds that mental health problems can lead to people feeling lonely, and feeling lonely can lead to poorer mental health.

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Developing a tool to measure research capacity and culture in lived experience researchers

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Laura Hemming reports on a research project that aimed to develop a tool to measure individuals with lived experience capacity to engage with research.

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Telemental health: mega-blog on remote mental health care during the pandemic

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In her debut blog, Philippa Clery presents the findings of three studies from the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which explore the acceptability and efficacy of telemental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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You can’t sit with us: a new conceptual model of social exclusion

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In her debut blog, Joanne Wadsworth considers a qualitative study aiming to understand how social exclusion is experienced by people and provide a definition.

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“I’m not into labels”: clinician and service user perspectives on ‘personality disorder’

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Siobhan D’Almeida explores a qualitative study of the label of personality disorder from the perspectives of people with lived experience and occupational experience.

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Researcher in Residence: Shuranjeet Singh – Introductions and Motivations

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Shuranjeet Singh is our new Mental Elf Researcher in Residence. Over the coming months, he will be blogging about his PhD journey, exploring how power operates in patient and public involvement.

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Qualitative co-production: involving people with lived experience in co-analysis of qualitative data

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In her debut blog, Nia Coupe summarises a recent study on how people with lived experience can be involved in the analysis of qualitative research data.

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What do people with bipolar really pay attention to when they are monitoring their mood?

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Charlotte Walker reviews a recent qualitative study on monitoring mood in bipolar disorder, which suggests that people with lived experience should customise monitoring questions to create a more responsive, personalised approach.

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