Recovery-focused care planning and coordination
Care planning and coordination is central to mental health service delivery for people with severe mental illness and should be delivered in collaboration with the service user and be focused on their recovery. The National Institute of Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research programme commissioned two cross-national mixed methods studies of recovery focused care planning and coordination in community (COCAPP) and inpatient mental health settings (COCAPP-A). The multi-centre research team, led by Professor Alan Simpson, have published two major reports, six peer-reviewed papers and presented results at numerous conferences and knowledge exchange events. The studies have influenced national policies and guidance on care planning and coordination.
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LATIN–MH: Latin America Treatment & Innovation Network in Mental Health
The increasing availability and decreasing costs of new communication technologies, such as smartphones, in Latin America have opened new opportunities for the delivery of interventions at a much larger scale than ever considered possible. Latin-MH created a technological platform (CONEMO) to deliver a behavioural activation intervention for patients with hypertension and/or diabetes who also presented clear depressive symptoms. CONEMO is an 18-session intervention, based on behavioural activation principles, delivered by a smartphone application and supported by non-specialist health workers through a tablet-based dashboard.
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Emilia: assessing the WHO Mental Global Action Programme intervention guide for use on digital devices
The aim of the Emilia project is to assess if it is possible to produce an e-version of the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Global Action Programme Intervention Guide (e-mhGAP IG) that is easily usable on smartphones and tablet devices by primary care staff in Nepal and Nigeria. The project will assess if this electronic form of guidance is suitable for use in low and middle income countries (LMICs), where over 85% of the world’s population live.
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REACH: Resilience, Ethnicity, and AdolesCent Mental Health
Most mental health problems first emerge during adolescence. Their frequency, type, and persistence over time vary by ethnic group. Understanding what factors increase and decrease risk for such problems during these critical phases, in a range of ethnic groups, is important for developing strategies for prevention and intervention. REACH aims to investigate the impact of social, psychological, and biological risk and protective factors on the occurrence and persistence of mental health problems over time in large, ethnically diverse cohorts of adolescents.
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TEDS: The Twin Early Development Study
Origins of learning difficulties and behaviour problems: from behavioural genetics to behavioural genomics, led by Professor Robert Plomin, King’s and funded by the MRC. This is a large study of twins in the UK. KHE are measuring service use and costs for a cohort of participants after they have reached the age of 21 and then identifying demographic and clinical predictors of these costs.
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VAMHN: Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network
Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network (VAMHN) aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems among children, adults, and the elderly, by bringing together experts with different ways of thinking about violence, abuse and mental health - some with personal experience of these issues, others with expertise from the work that they do, and survivor researchers with both. We hope to understand, prevent and reduce the impact of violence and abuse on mental health.
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EURIKHA: Explorations of User-led Research: Impact, Knowledge, and Historical Approaches
Mapping the history of research, advocacy, and activism by persons with psychosocial disabilities, mental health service users, and survivors. What we understand as ‘mental ill-health’ is usually defined by authority figures such as doctors, psychiatrists/psychologists, priests, lawyers and governments. For many years, however, people who have been deemed ‘mad’ or ‘mentally ill’ by society and psychiatry – variedly known around the world as users, survivors, consumers, clients, patients, persons with psychosocial disabilities, etc. – have been involved in challenging these understandings and creating new knowledge from their perspectives.
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