Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund

Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund

Background

Anxiety UK is the UK’s leading anxiety charity, established in 1970 that provides direct support services (including therapy provision and helpline support) for those affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression.   Anxiety UK plays an important role in raising awareness of such conditions through delivery of training, consultancy and through its partnership and campaign work.

Over the years, Anxiety UK has supported researchers with a range of research projects e.g. with participant recruitment through to collaborating directly on large research projects focused on treatment and services for those affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression.

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 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 was Richard Collier of Newcastle Law School and a copy of his final report can be downloaded below.

2019 funding round

The recipient of the 2019 Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund is Dr Amy Blakemore at the University of Manchester who will be undertaking research to pilot and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the “Fight Anxiety Boxing for Fitness Programme”.

Dr Blakemore and her team will pilot the boxing for fitness programme focused on reducing anxiety symptoms through increasing exercise capacity and teaching the fundamentals of boxing for fitness, building on the growing evidence that increasing physical activity and exercise are effective ways to prevent and reduce symptoms of both depression and anxiety.

Previous Fund Recipients

2017-18 – Richard Collier of Newcastle Law School

The 2nd year fund recipient was Prof. Richard Collier of Newcastle Law School and who is due to complete his research into anxiety in junior lawyers in early 2019. 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 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 who are 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