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This autumn, ‘Research in Practice in Mental Health’ presents a 3-part series on ‘Mental Health - practices and assessment’. Join our third episode on 7th December, 10am BST / GMT. Sign up here to receive email reminders for this series.
What are we going to talk about in this episode?
Treatment under the MHA is a stressful experience not only for patients. Patients' family members and friends, who support them as carers, are also affected. Previous research on the experiences of carers of patients treated under the MHA found that most carers felt isolated and unsupported by services and at risk of developing mental and physical health problems.
The recent MHA review has recognised the need to support carers throughout this challenging time. However, there are currently no routinely available services designed in England to support carers through one-to-one peer support. This is an important gap given the increase in involuntary admissions.
Peer support among patients has proved to be popular and effective in mental health services. Additionally, a programme developed in Germany that focused on training carers to provide one-to-one support to fellow carers reduced caregiving stress and improved carers’ quality of life. The current study that Dr Wells is working on follows the programme in Germany and focuses on the development of a one-to-one carer peer support programme for use in England.
- 4th October, 10am BST / 9am GMT - ‘Effective interventions to maximise well-being in the University setting’ with Dr Michelle Elbashir, University of Doha for Science and Technology
- 21st October, 10am BST / 9am GMT - ‘Designing and Evaluating Mental Health Apps for Children’ with Dr Bettina Moltrecht, UCL
- 7th December, 10am BST - ‘Developing a peer support intervention for carers of people treated under the Mental Health Act’ with Dr Imogen Wells, University of Warwick
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Dr Imogen Wells studied Psychology (BSc) at De Montfort University, and a master's degree (MSc) in Health Psychology at the University of Bath. She has recently completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham, examining stakeholders’ perspectives towards predictive and preventive approaches for rheumatoid arthritis. This project involved extensive patient and public involvement across various stages of development, design and analysis. Imogen's experience in conducting research alongside those who are experts by experience, as well as her interest in developing support services for those with experience of mental illness led her to her current role as Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, which she began in 2021. Within this role, Imogen is involved in co-ordinating a study focused on the development and testing of an intervention to support family members and friends of people treated under the Mental Health Act (OPAL). She also recently co-led a study focused on developing of a guidance for the involvement of patients and the public in designing digital mental health interventions (E-GAP).
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