If you are interested in finding out more on mental health research, or looking for other opportunities to get involved there are a number of partner organisations you can contact:
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) Involvement Register provides opportunities for both service users and carers to become involved with us in the planning and development of services. There are a wide variety of activities to get involved in, including helping to deliver training, sitting on interview panels or by offering views and opinions at committees and groups.
The NIHR and Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility is a specialist research facility within King's College Hospital which runs regular Patient and Public Involvement activities.
The Clinical Research Network: Mental Health is funded by and part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It is managed by a partnership between the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and the University of Manchester. The Clinical Research Network is a rich collaboration of academic and clinical organisations as well as user and carer networks, bringing together a wide range of skills and expertise in mental health research and service provision.
People in Research tells you about opportunities for public involvement in clinical research, and gives information about taking part in clinical trials. It contains a database with details of research projects and research organisations looking for members of the public to get involved in their work.
INVOLVE is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and aims to get greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. This website contains information about research, and about getting involved in research.
The NIHR has a useful glossary of research terms on their website.
Understand more about research - online courses
Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research is an online course delivered over 4 weeks and is free of charge. It runs regularly and is an excellent introduction to the world of research and why it's so important for our healthcare today, and in the future. Anyone can take part and the course is available and delivered online so you can complete it at your own pace. You will learn the basics of how research is developed, who carries it out and why it's so important.
What is health research? Have you ever wondered how doctors and nurses know what treatment or care to give? It’s only through health research that healthcare professionals find new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. Today’s research is tomorrow’s treatment. On this course, you will learn how health research happens, why it matters and what to expect if you take part. You will also hear stories from people who have taken part in research; why they volunteered and the difference it made.
Mental health research charities
MQ: Transforming Mental Health have a platform on their website to encourage their supporters to take part in research. You can browse the studies by location, by type and by mental health condition.
The McPin Foundation is a mental health research charity. They believe research is done best when it involves people with relevant personal experience that relates to the research being carried out.Visit their public involvement web pages.
The European Patients' Academy hosts an online Toolbox for Medicines Research & Development, which is available to anyone who is interested in learning more about the medicines research and development (R&D) process.