Improving Mental Health

Our focus in this area is to understand and reduce the burden of mental ill health and wellbeing by delivering effective interventions involving the NHS, local authorities and the third sector.

We will evaluate a range of community-based mental health interventions for NW Coast residents including those with common psychiatric disorders, people suffering from the psychological consequences of stroke; people misusing alcohol; women with perinatal mental health problems; and people with mental illness living in the community.

Ultimately we will implement new community-based interventions, developed on the basis of our earlier study and evaluation projects, with a view to reducing mental health inequalities.

These interventions will be targeted at geographical areas with poor mental wellbeing and will include anti-stigma campaigns, and educational interventions aimed at primary health staff.

Current Research of this Theme

Simply select a project from the index on the left of this page.  

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Bagot KL, Cadilhac DA, Bladin CF, Watkins CL, Vu M, Donnan GA, Dewey HM, Emsley HC, Davies DP, Day E, Ford GA. Integrating acute stroke telemedicine consultations into specialists’ usual practice: a qualitative analysis comparing the experience of Australia and the United Kingdom. BMC health services research. 2017 Dec;17(1):751. 
DOI 10.1186/s12913-017-2694-1

Chiumento A, Mukherjee I, Chandna J, Dutton C, Rahman A, Bristow K. A haven of green space: learning from a pilot pre-post evaluation of a school-based social and therapeutic horticulture intervention with children. BMC Public Health. 2018 Jul 5;18(1):836. 
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-5661-9

Corcoran R, Mansfield R, de Bezenac C, Anderson E, Overbury K, Marshall G. Perceived neighbourhood affluence, mental health and wellbeing influence judgements of threat and trust on our streets: An urban walking study. PloS one. 2018 Aug 16;13(8):e0202412.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0202412

Corcoran R, Mansfield R, Giokas T, Hawkins A, Bamford L, Marshall G. Places change minds: Exploring the psychology of urbanicity using a brief contemplation method. SAGE Open. 2017 May;7(2):2158244017707004.

Corcoran R, Marshall G, Walsh E. The Psychological Benefits of Cooperative Place-making: a mixed methods analyses of co-design workshops. CoDesign. 2018 Oct 2;14(4):314-28.
DOI: 10.1080/15710882.2017.1340484

Cummings E, Whittaker K. An exploration into the experiences of health visitors delivering listening visits to women as an intervention for mild to moderate postnatal depression or anxiety. Journal of Health Visiting. 2016 May 16;4(5). 
DOI: 10.12968/johv.2016.4.5.264

Elahi A, Algorta GP, Varese F, McIntyre JC, Bentall RP. Do paranoid delusions exist on a continuum with subclinical paranoia? A multi-method taxometric study. Schizophrenia research. 2017 Dec 1;190:77-81. 
DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.03.022  

Elahi A, McIntyre JC, Hampson C, Bodycote HJ, Sitko K, White RG, Bentall RP. Home is where you hang your hat: Host town identity, but not hometown identity, protects against mental health symptoms associated with financial stress. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. 2018 Mar;37(3):159-81.
DOI: 10.1521/jscp.2018.37.3.159

Farooq S, Taylor CD, Gire N, Riley M, Caton N, Husain N. Digital inclusion: The concept and strategies for people with mental health difficulties. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2015 Sep 1;49(9):772-3. 
DOI: 10.1177/0004867415591827

Gire N, Farooq S, Naeem F, Duxbury J, McKeown M, Kundi PS, Chaudhry IB, Husain N. mHealth based interventions for the assessment and treatment of psychotic disorders: a systematic review. Mhealth. 2017;3.
DOI: 10.21037/mhealth.2017.07.03

Harper L, McKeown M. Why make the effort? Exploring recovery college engagement. Mental Health and Social Inclusion. 2018 Feb 12;22(1):27-33.
DOI: 10.1108/MHSI-10-2017-0043 

McElroy E, McIntyre JC, Bentall RP, Wilson T, Holt K, Kullu C, Nathan R, Kerr A, Panagaki K, McKeown M, Saini P. Mental Health, Deprivation, and the Neighborhood Social Environment: A Network Analysis. Clinical Psychological Science. 2018 Nov 21:2167702619830640. 
DOI: 10.1177%2F2167702619830640

McIntyre JC, Elahi A, Bentall RP. Social identity and psychosis: Explaining elevated rates of psychosis in migrant populations. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 2016 Nov;10(11):619-33.
DOI: 10.1111/spc3.12273.

McIntyre JC, Wickham S, Barr B, Bentall RP. Social identity and psychosis: Associations and psychological mechanisms. Schizophrenia bulletin. 2017 Aug 26;44(3):681-90.
DOI: 10.1093/schbul/sbx110

McIntyre JC, Worsley J, Corcoran R, Harrison Woods P, Bentall RP. Academic and non-academic predictors of student psychological distress: The role of social identity and loneliness. Journal of Mental Health. 2018 May 4;27(3):230-9.
DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2018.1437608

Rutherford C, Sharp H, Hill J, Pickles A, Taylor-Robinson D. How does perinatal maternal mental health explain early social inequalities in child behavioural and emotional problems? Findings from the Wirral Child Health and Development Study. PloS one. 2019 May 24;14(5):e0217342.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217342

Worsley JD, McIntyre JC, Bentall RP, Corcoran R. Childhood maltreatment and problematic social media use: the role of attachment and depression. Psychiatry research. 2018 Sep 1;267:88-93.

Worsley JD, McIntyre JC, Corcoran R. Cyberbullying victimisation and mental distress: testing the moderating role of attachment security, social support, and coping styles. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. 2019 Jan 2;24(1):20-35. 
DOI: 10.1080/13632752.2018.1530497

Worsley J. D., Wheatcroft J. M., Short E, Corcoran R. Victims’ Voices: Understanding the Emotional Impact of Cyberstalking and Individuals’ Coping Responses   SAGE Open  Vol 7, Issue 2 May-23-2017 
DOI: 10.1177/2158244017710292


BITES (Brokering Innovation through Evidence) 

Perinatal Access to Resources and Support (PEARS)

The Life Rooms: Does a non-clinical response to mental distress work? (An evaluation)