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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.

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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:

Erica Bethell; Email: Erica.bethell@southernhealth.nhs.uk; Tel: 02380 475948


L.O.S.E Weight

L.O.S.E.Weight – Liraglutide and the management of Overweight and obesity in people with Schizophrenia: a pilot study.

This study will look at the use of a weight loss drug in people with severe mental illness. This is a pilot study to gather data on recruitment, consent, retention, adherence and dropout rates.

What is involved?

Participants will be randomised to either taking the study drug (Max dose 3mg daily) or a placebo for 6 months.

Interested?

To take part you must meet the following criteria:

Have a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Schzio-affective Disorder or First Episode Psychosis.; Aged between 18-75 years; Treatment with an antipsychotic medication for a minimum of one month; Be either obese or overweight with at least one weight related consequence such as hypertendion; Ability and willingness to take the study drug (liraglutide) or placebo.

Unfortunately you cannot take part if:

You’re pregnant or have a desire to become pregnant.

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

Clare Whicher; Email: Clare.whicher@nhs.net; Tel: 02830 475258

COPe – Carers fOr people with Psychosis E-support

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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:

Marek Czeladzki; Email: m.czeladzki@nhs.net; Tel: 02380 475943