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.  

News Story

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Farooq, S, Taylor, CDJ, Gire, N, Riley, M, Caton, N & Husain, N 2015, 'Digital inclusion: The concept and strategies for people with mental health difficulties' Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol 49, no. 0, pp. 772-773.
DOI: 10.1177/0004867415591827

Cummings, E., Whittaker, K. (2016) 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. 4(5): 264-270.

McIntyre, J. C., Elahi, A., and Bentall, R. P. (2016), Social identity and psychosis: Explaining elevated rates of psychosis in migrant populations, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10: 619–633. DOI: 10.1111/spc3.12273.

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

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  Vol 7, Issue 2 May-08-2017

Corcoran R., Marshall G. & Walsh E. (2017): The psychological benefits of cooperative place-making: a mixed methods analyses of co-design workshops, CoDesign,

Elahi, A., et al., Do paranoid delusions exist on a continuum with subclinical paranoia? A multi-method taxometric  study, Schizophrenia. Res. (2016),  

McIntyre, J.C., Wickham S., Barr B and Bentall R. P. (2017) Social Identity and Psychosis: Associations and Psychological Mechanisms, Schizophrenia Bulletin, sbx110

Bagot et al. 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) 17:751 DOI 10.1186/s12913-017-2694-1

Leanne Harper, Mick McKeown, (2018) "Why make the effort? Exploring recovery college engagement", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 22 Issue: 1, pp.27-33, 

Jason C. McIntyre, Joanne Worsley, Rhiannon Corcoran, Paula Harrison Woods & Richard P. Bentall (2018) Academic and non-academic predictors of student psychological distress: the role of social identity and loneliness, Journal of Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2018.1437608
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;3:33. doi: 10.21037/mhealth.2017.07.03 

A. Elahi, J. C. McIntyre, C. Hampson, H. J. Bodycote, K. Sitko, R. G. White, and R. P. Bentall (2018). 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: Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 159-181.

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, et al. (2018) Perceived neighbourhood affluence, mental health and wellbeing influence judgements of threat and trust on our streets: An urban walking study. PLOS ONE 13(8): e0202412.

Worsley, Joanne D; McIntyre, Jason C; Bentall, Richard P; Corcoran, Rhiannon Childhood maltreatment and problematic social media use: The role of attachment and depression Psychiatry research, ISSN: 1872-7123, Vol: 267, Page: 88-93 doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2018.05.023

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)