Mental Health Research UK’s chance to win £1,000 festive boost

posted Nov 14, 2020, 1:24 AM by MHRUK Administrator   [ updated Nov 14, 2020, 2:14 AM ]

Mental Health Research UK is calling on supporters to nominate the charity to win a £1,000 festive financial boost as part of Ecclesiastical Insurance’s annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.

The specialist insurer will be giving 120 different charities an early Christmas gift of a £1,000 donation, with 10 winners announced each weekday from 7 to 22 December.

It’s quick and easy to nominate Mental Health Research UK online. Nominations are open from 9 November to 21 December and you can vote for us at

Winners will be drawn at random and the more times we are nominated the more chance it has of being selected.

Mental Health Research UK is encouraging everyone to use their social media channels to ask people to vote for them to give the charity the best possible chance of winning.

2021 PhD Scholarship Awards

posted Oct 30, 2020, 5:01 AM by MHRUK Administrator

 Our scholarship award procedure is complete and we are proud to announce the following winners, against very tough competition this year. We had 39 applicants for the four scholarships. Those that were shortlisted were sent to at least 3 academic peer reviewers and two service-user reviewers. We are most grateful to our reviewers, many of whom help us year after year. The Awards Panel led by Professor Sir Mike Owen then made the final decisions.

The 2021 PhD Scholarship awards are:

Eating Disorders 




Dr Francesca Solmi

University College London

Exploring the causal role of emotion regulation, internalising and externalising symptoms in the aetiology of eating disorders: a triangulation approach using longitudinal general population, primary care, and genetic data.

John Grace QC Scholarship (schizophrenia)


Prof Paul Chadwick & Dr Pamela Jacobsen

Bath University

Feeling de-humanised by distressing psychotic voices: developing our understanding and psychological therapy. 

Fieldrose Trust Scholarship (genetics of schizophrenia)

Prof James Walters

Cardiff University

Integrating microarray and sequencing data to identify rare risk and protective genetic variants for schizophrenia.

Psychological Trauma Scholarship


Prof Andrea Danese

Kings College London

Understanding risk and building mental health resilience after childhood psychological trauma: focus on the subjective experience.



Camilla Day's presentation for the International Conference of Psychedelic Research

posted Oct 16, 2020, 4:09 AM by MHRUK Administrator

Camilla Day one of our MD(Res) students did an online oral presentation for the International Conference of Psychedelic Research, see below. She first did psilocybin research with David Nutt at imperial back in 2015. There are psilocybin trials for anxiety disorders and other pathologies in the pipeline at King’s College, things are looking good so far for psychedelic research and their ability to help people.   

19.46 Camilla Day.mp4

Mental Health Research Goals

posted Oct 9, 2020, 3:38 AM by MHRUK Administrator   [ updated Oct 9, 2020, 3:47 AM ]

Mental Health Research Goals

 As funders of mental health research across the UK we are delighted to support the Mental Health Research Goals. These four Goals, collectively developed by funders of mental health research, academics and clinicians, and people living with mental health problems, form an agenda for mental health research in the UK over the next decade. Having ambitious but achievable targets ensures that progress against the Goals can be measured, highlighting where best to focus efforts in order to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Mental Health Research Goals


MH Research Goals - Mar2020

Mental Health Research - Christmas Card

posted Oct 2, 2020, 4:33 AM by MHRUK Administrator   [ updated Oct 6, 2020, 3:45 AM ]

Here is the Mental Health Research UK Christmas card for 2020 designed by Christopher Clarke. Chris was an old friend of John Grace QC one of our founding Trustees. He taught art at Westminster School and has exhibited widely.

If you would like to order some cards it would be helpful to know by November 1st as we shall be going to the printers then. The cards cost £9.95 for 10 cards including postage and packing. Please click on the order form to place your order

The image below is the image on the printed card which will be A5 folded to A6. (see PDF MHRUK A6) for details.

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

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