Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund

Background

Anxiety UK is keen to develop and expand its interest and support for research into such conditions and in 2015 launched the ‘Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund’, named after the charity’s founders.

The recipients of the first year’s funding allocation (2015-16) were the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham who helped, through their research, Anxiety UK develop its understanding around the development and delivery of online peer support for those with anxiety and which led to the eventual development of the Anxiety UK members’ online forum.

The 2nd year fund recipient (2017-18) was Professor Richard Collier of Newcastle Law School. A copy of his final report can be downloaded below.

The 3rd year fund recipient (2019-20)  was Dr Amy Blakemore of the University of Manchester who undertook research via a pilot project which evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of the “Fight Anxiety Boxing for Fitness Programme”.

The 4th year fund recipient (2020) is an independent researcher who is conducting research into Anxiety UK’s therapy services; examining outcomes and whether differences in outcomes are seen according to therapy modality as well as mode of delivery of therapy.

2021-22 funding round

Support groups and art-based courses run by Anxiety UK – exploring the user-led approach of our new online service provision

Developed and designed to support those living with anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression during the pandemic in 2020, Anxiety UK’s user-led approach to online anxiety support groups and Art for Anxiety Relief (AfAR) courses have proven to be extremely popular with many people, both members and non-members.

We would now like to undertake some research – either qualitative, quantitative, mixed or creative methods methodology – to measure the impact and benefit the creative user-led approach to these support services has provided, including evaluating our art-based course in order to demonstrate the benefits of art and creativity for mental health.

Specifically, we are interested in understanding what impact the support has had on users’ levels of anxiety, wellbeing and their quality of life and what impact, the user-led status of these services has.

Previous Fund Recipients

2020-2021 – Independent biostatistician

Last year’s fund recipient was an independent biostatistician who is due to complete their research in early 2021 and whose research was a quantitative service evaluation of Anxiety UK’s therapy services.

The final published paper can be read here 

2019-2020 – Amy Blakemore of the University of Manchester

The 3rd year fund recipient was Dr Amy Blakemore of the University of Manchester who undertook a research project into Fight Anxiety: a pilot study to investigate the  feasibility and acceptability of  the ‘Fight Anxiety
Boxing for Fitness Programme’ for people experiencing anxiety.

A copy of the final report can be downloaded here.

2017-18 – Richard Collier of Newcastle Law School

The 2nd year fund recipient was Professsor. Richard Collier of Newcastle Law School who completed a research project into anxiety in junior lawyers. Further details of the study can be read here.

A copy of Executive summary can be downloaded here and a copy of the full final report can be downloaded here.

2015-16 – Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham

The Institute of Mental Health was the first research team to successfully secure funding from Anxiety UK’s ‘Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund’ to further develop peer support training for people with Anxiety.

This exciting research project started in October 2015 and was aimed at further understanding what peer support should look like for people unable to attend traditional face to face groups or training because of their anxiety.

A summary of the report can be read here and the full report can be read here

Further details of the Institute of Mental Health’s project can be read here