Mental Health Research UK – Our Black Lives Matter Manifesto

posted Sep 28, 2020, 1:01 AM by MHRUK Administrator

Mental Health Research UK stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and condemns all forms of racism. Black people remain severely under-represented when it comes to mental health research, both as research leaders and as the research focus. We are committed to changing this and working with others to do so. 

To hold ourselves to account, we have created a Black Lives Matter Manifesto outlining the action we are taking to promote racial equality in mental health research.

1)     Improve the diversity of our PhD scholars and research

We are committed to awarding PhD scholarships to candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. We are particularly interested in encouraging more black people to apply and carry out PhDs. To achieve this, we are introducing a diversity requirement to ensure that all Universities that are awarded Mental Health Research UK PhD scholarships have an inclusive recruitment process. We will also introduce a new scholarship award on race and mental health, which will be available in 2021.

2)     Improve the diversity of our Trustees

At present, all of our Mental Health Research UK trustees are white. We are committed to changing this. We will proactively recruit Trustees from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. It is essential that our leadership is more representative of the diverse range of people who experience mental illness.

3)     Educate ourselves on white privilege and anti-racism

We are introducing Diversity and Inclusion training for all trustees, volunteers and scholars. This will include non-bias training to ensure that our recruitment process is fair and inclusive.

4)     Recruit a Diversity and Inclusion volunteer

To support us in promoting racial equality tackling systemic racial inequality in Mental Health Research UK, we are recruiting a Diversity and Inclusion volunteer. This role will focus on advising the charity on improving diversity and inclusion amongst our research scholars and in the research field more broadly.

5)     Promote racial equality in mental health research

We are committed to promoting racial equality in the mental health research community. We will do this by using our position of authority to promote these issues, and work alongside partners and peers to tackle racial inequality in mental health research.                                             

We have published this manifesto to hold ourselves to account. We will measure our progress against each of these actions and include updates on what we have done in future annual reports as well as on our website and social media channels.

Shop at Amazon Smile

posted Sep 18, 2020, 3:42 AM by MHRUK Administrator   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 3:42 AM ]

Mental Health Research UK, recently received a quarterly donation of £66.44 from AmazonSmile, thanks to customers shopping at or with AmazonSmile turned ON in the app.

To date, Amazon has donated a total of:

  • £410.66 to Mental Health Research UK
  • £4,621,862.95 to UK charities

Thank you for supporting Mental Health Research UK at no extra cost to you, by shopping at AmazonSmile. You can track your impact throughout the year at the Your AmazonSmile Impact page.

Shop on AmazonSmile at, and Amazon donates to Mental Health Research UK, at no cost to you.


Managing emotions during COVID-19: The experiences of 12-25 year olds

posted May 16, 2020, 2:41 AM by MHRUK Administrator

The research, developed by King’s College London, and promoted by the BBC, will focus on young peoples’ emotions and well-being during the pandemic. These data allow young people themselves to tell us what is most helpful in managing the upsurge in stress and the uncertainty of how the situation will resolve. In turn, these findings can help inform future interventions for mental health disorders in young people beyond this pandemic.

Young people would be expected to answer some questions (around 20 minutes) every two weeks for 16 weeks. They will be given a £10 voucher for completing the survey 4 times and £20 for doing it 8 times. 

The survey can be found at:

This research is being funded by the Rosetrees Trust, and has received ethical clearance. As such, all participants will be asked for informed consent, with additional parental consent required for those under 16 years. 

Many thanks in advance for your consideration,

Taryn Hutchinson
Doctoral Researcher, Mental Health Research UK
King’s College London

A new nationwide study on health behaviours during Covid-19 by UCL, PHE and Cancer Research UK

posted May 16, 2020, 2:38 AM by MHRUK Administrator


As we near the (possibly temporary) end of the most stringent lockdown measures during the current pandemic, this study seeks to understand the impact of Covid-19 on the health behaviours that contribute most to avoidable deaths in the UK, including poor diet, low physical activity, excessive alcohol use and tobacco smoking. We hope this study will aid us in developing support to help people make health-protective changes to their behaviours during and following this pandemic.

Support a new study on the impact of Covid-19! The UCL Department of Behavioural Science & Health and the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, in collaboration with Public Health England and Cancer Research UK, is launching a new survey about health behaviours in relation to Covid-19. This study will inform the development of support to help people make health-protective changes to their behaviours at the time of this and future pandemics. The focus of this survey is on tobacco use, nicotine use (vaping), exercise, diet and alcohol use. The study aims to recruit UK adults to answer an online 20-minute survey now, and then a shorter 10-minute survey after 1, 3, 6 and 12 months. The study is GDPR compliant and has been approved by the University ethics committee (UCL Ethics: CEHP/2020/579). Further information can be found here: To start the survey, please click here.


Research project which aims to investigate whether individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder use alcohol to manage their symptoms and to determine what effect, if any, their alcohol use has on their symptoms.

posted Jul 10, 2019, 2:31 AM by MHRUK Administrator

Do you experience symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Do you drink alcohol at least once a month?

…Then you might be eligible to take part in this research study!

What is this study about?
We are conducting a study investigating alcohol use in individuals with symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). You do not need a formal diagnosis of OCD to take part.

What will participation involve?
Participation will involve completing an online survey that will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. The survey will consist of questions about OCD symptoms, alcohol consumption and reasons for alcohol use. Some participants will be invited to take part in follow up interviews via email. You do not need to agree to be contacted about the interviews to be able to take part in the survey.

Who can participate?
If you are at least 18 years old, currently or have previously experienced symptoms of OCD and you drink alcohol at least once a month you can participate. You must also be able to read and understand English.

If you have any questions please contact the researchers, Nicole Wynford-Thomas or Lynsey Gregg at

Are you interested in participating? Please follow this link:

Yours sincerely
Nicole Wynford- Thomas

Research survey as part of our research exploring the links between sleep habits, personality traits, and Borderline Personality Disorder by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

posted Jul 10, 2019, 2:29 AM by MHRUK Administrator

Short description of the study:
How are sleep habits and personality traits associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?
The University of Oxford is conducting a study to examine the relationships between sleep quality and timing and personality traits that are associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). They are looking for two types of participants to complete a 20-25 minute online questionnaire on sleep habits and personality traits: (1) healthy volunteers with no prior history of mental illness and (2) volunteers with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder by a mental health professional. Visit the study page to take part:

Twitter-friendly description of the study:
#BePartOfResearch Take part in this @OxPsychiatry 20 min questionnaire on sleep habits and personality traits in BPD!

Survey about how health conditions and disabilities affect people's experiences of work

posted Jul 10, 2019, 1:47 AM by MHRUK Administrator   [ updated Jul 10, 2019, 1:51 AM ]

King's College London are doing a survey about how health conditions and disabilities affect people's experiences of work. Whether you have a health condition or not, they would like to hear from you. Find out more here:

Oxford University SLEEPER Trial

posted Aug 14, 2018, 4:07 AM by MHRUK Administrator

Researchers at Oxford University are investigating if treating insomnia can improve mood and emotional wellbeing. Participants will be split into two treatment groups and receive one of two sleep programmes. All participants will complete a series of computerised tasks and questionnaires that assess cognitive function.

The study is suitable for adults aged 25-65 years who have persistent problems getting to sleep and/or staying asleep, and who are also having some difficulty with their mood and emotions.

The study will require 16 weeks of participation, and you will be compensated for your time.

For further information about the study and whether or not this might be suitable for you, please go to the following link

West Bridgford students tackling mental health

posted Jun 20, 2018, 4:03 AM by MHRUK Administrator

B13 are a Young Enterprise group from the West Bridgford School’s Sixth Form who have created Master Your Mind, a book centered around improving mental health, focusing on areas they feel are most important such as anxiety, stress and self-confidence.

 Mental health is an extremely prevalent issue today, especially surrounding teenagers and young people.

 B13 is comprised of young people aged 16 and 17 who all feel strongly about mental health and have been affected by mental health themselves or know somebody close who has and so consequently feel extremely passionate about working towards improving mental health.

New HRA public involvement guidance for research applicants

posted Jun 20, 2018, 1:39 AM by MHRUK Administrator   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 1:42 AM ]

The Health Research Authority (HRA) has issued new guidance to help researchers applying for ethical review better identify how their proposed study has been shaped by the involvement of patients, carers, service users or members of the public.

To analyse and monitor the impact of the guidance, the HRA is looking for organisations which regularly submit applications for ethical review to become ‘Test Beds’ for the new guidance by systematically using it for all of their applications for six months.

The invitation is open to organisations in any area of health and social care research, and for any type of study that needs ethical review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee.

Please contact the HRA’s Public Involvement team at to find out more.

Read more about the new guidance on the HRA website:

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