EQUITy: Enhancing the quality of psychological interventions delivered by telephone
The EQUITy programme is a £2.4 million research programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research’s Programme Grants for Applied Research funding stream. It aims to improve the way psychological therapies for depression and anxiety are delivered by telephone so that we can ensure that people receive the care that they need.
Depression and anxiety are common mental health problems that can cause substantial difficulties for people who experience them. The NHS has created an innovative psychological therapy service called Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT), to help people with these conditions. EQUITy is working closely with patients and professionals to ensure the work is acceptable to the people accessing IAPT services and those supporting patients.
If you would like to take part or would like further information about the programme you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ends:1st October 2023
Genetic Links to Anxiety & Depression
Exciting new opportunity to engage in anxiety/depression research
Depression and anxiety are common but complex disorders whose research needs very large sample sizes. The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study launches this September and aims to recruit >40,000 individuals. Anyone age 16 years or older who has experienced anxiety or depression during their lives can join this recontactable database to facilitate future research. Participants will also join a national Mental Health BioResource and contribute to the largest ever single study of anxiety and depression.
How can I take part?
All enrollment takes place online at our website, www.gladstudy.org.uk. An online animation explains the consent process with more detailed information in text format. Once you have provided consent and completed an online questionnaire you will be sent a saliva DNA sample kit to enable genetic studies.
We really hope you will join us in this important endeavour.
How young women with anxiety understand and manage their anxiety in their everyday lives
This research aims to work with young women with experiences of anxiety to explore their understandings and positive ways of managing anxiety in their everyday lives.
To participate in this research, you need to:
Are you a member of the public interested in research on anxiety in older adults?
If so, we have an exciting opportunity for five public contributors to join our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Group. Members of this group will act as ‘critical friends’ by providing advice and guidance to the research team on certain aspects of the study.
The ‘Understanding Anxiety in Older Adults’ study is part of a PhD thesis which aims to explore how older people with anxiety, from different cultural backgrounds, understand anxiety, how they cope with it, and what they believe are the barriers to seeking help.
We hope that the findings of this study will help us understand how to improve health services provided to older people with anxiety and how to make these services more acceptable to them.
Being a public contributor would benefit your personal development as it would:
- provide you with the opportunity to act as a champion for older people,
- provide you with the opportunity to learn more about research.
Responsibilities of public contributors include:
- working with the research team members on certain aspects of the study such as developing the interview guide, developing the participant recruitment material, providing input on the interpretation of the study findings and sharing the study findings with key stakeholders.
We wish to involve five adults, aged 65 years or over, who self-identify as being White British or South Asian (Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi) or African Caribbean, and are willing to fulfil the public contributor responsibilities. The membership will extend from August 2020 to January 2022.
- Group meetings will be conducted via a digital platform, such as Zoom.
- You will be reimbursed for your time as per INVOLVE guidance.
This research is being carried out by Rasha Alkholy as part of a PhD at the University of Manchester, supervised by Professor Karina Lovell, Professor Penny Bee and Dr Rebecca Pedley. This PhD is funded by the University of Manchester President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Award.
If you are interested in becoming a public contributor, please contact Rasha Alkholy (contact details below), for further details.
Phone number: 07716899787