08:39am Monday 21 October 2019

Your chance to make a difference in mental health research

Friederike Ziegler and Paul Dempster, in the Mental Health Research Group in the University’s Department of Health Sciences, established the panel (known as HAPPY) made up of people with either personal or indirect experience of mental health issues.

If you have either personal or indirect experience of mental health issues we would like to hear from you

Friederike Ziegler

Its aim is to support academics to develop new and enhance existing research projects on psychological therapies for common mental health problems. Group members meet monthly to provide a range of support including feedback on research ideas and reviewing research proposals and documentation. For example, the group made improvements to participant information and questionnaires for the CASPER Study of the care of older people and featured in a recent programme in the BBC One documentary series Inside Out.

Friederike Ziegler said: “We are looking for new members to join a really interesting and friendly group. If you have either personal or indirect experience of mental health issues we would like to hear from you. New members are provided with training and travel expenses to meetings will be reimbursed.”

Members give their impressions about the group and its work:

Anne: “As the pace of life quickens, many people experience mental health issues.  It’s most rewarding to contribute to the University’s research into this area.”

Saida: “From the beginning I saw there was a genuine desire to reach the public and break through the gobbledygook, and I wanted to be part of that awareness. Working with like- minded people is rewarding and challenging.”  

Elisabeth: “We are currently a very small warm and friendly group who are looking forward to welcoming new members to this innovative panel.” 

If you are interested in joining the group you are invited to come along for an informal meeting with lunch and mince pies at the University on 5 December at 12 noon. For more information please contact Friederike Ziegler on Tel 01904 321651 or email: friederike.ziegler@york.ac.uk.

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