Charlotte Connor

Researchers

This section has information and links to a host of resources and sites that can help researchers and individuals explore mental health.

Mental Health is everybody’s business – but there is still a lot of misunderstanding and stigma surrounding this topic. 

 

Overview 

Our Research

Tools and Resources


Overview

Mental Health is everybody’s business – but there is still a lot of misunderstanding and stigma surrounding this topic and in particular how we can separate out the promotion of universal positive mental health and well-being (public mental health) –– from the more specialist areas of mental illness.

This section has useful information and links to resources and websites that can help researchers and individuals who want to explore these subjects more deeply or who may be planning to carry out research in this area.

We’d like to keep this section up to date so please tell us if you are aware of new findings or funding opportunities at: youthspace.me. To find out a little bit about the process of developing this website, take a look at the Research Poster Youthspace.me – an evolving virtual mental health-space by Sarah Butterworth et al. (Research Fellow, Youthspace).

Our Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) commissions and funds research focusing on improving outcomes for health and social care. NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) are collaborative partnerships between universities and surrounding NHS organisations, focused on improving patient outcomes through the conduct and application of applied health research. Summaries of CLAHRC research findings can be found in the CLAHRC BITEs (Brokering Innovation Through Evidence) and more information on  CLAHRC - West Midlands here.

Schoolspace – Our Schools Research Programme in Birmingham

We have set up an on-going programme of research in Birmingham and have so far completed a randomised controlled trial in 6 schools led by Dr Katherine Chisholm (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/12/23), numerous surveys and focus groups with students and teachers and most recently are working on developing an intervention for Eating disorders (See SchoolSpace Study for more information) with staff from the University of Birmingham, Warwick University and a number of Birmingham schools.

Don't Turn Your Back on the Symptoms of Psychosis

The “Don’t turn your back on the symptoms of Psychosis” campaign was launched in January 2012, alongside a youth-focused clinical service. This two-pronged intervention aimed to reduce delays and improve the care pathways of young people with first-episode psychosis. The protocol paper for this recent pilot trial, as well as the research poster can be viewed here:

Journal Article: Don’t turn your back on the symptoms of psychosis: a proof-of-principle, quasi-experimental public health trial to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in Birmingham, UK. (Connor et al., 2013).

Research Poster: 'Don’t turn your back on the symptoms of psychosis' - a Proof-of-Principal, Quasi-Experimental Public Health Trial to Reduce the Duration of Untreated Psychosis in Birmingham, UK by Clare Barker et al. (Research Fellow, Youthspace).

This research was based on an exploration of the care pathway delays experienced by young people with first-episode psychosis. The journal article and poster for this piece of research can be viewed here:

Journal Article: Reducing duration of untreated psychosis: care pathways to early intervention in psychosis services. (Birchwood et al., 2013).

Research Poster: Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis (DUP) by Dr Charlotte Connor et al. (Senior Research Fellow, Youthspace).

IAYMH 2013

Youthspace disseminate their findings to health professionals, clinicians, researchers and the public. Recently we were involved in presenting a number of posters at the 2nd International Youth Mental Health Conference in Brighton (IAYMH):

Specialist Mental Health Services: A Historically Hard to Reach Population? by Colin Palmer et al. (Research Fellow, Youthspace).

Using art to engage young people about psychosis: the Youthspace brief by Colin Palmer et al. (Research Fellow, Youthspace).

Word Clouds: Carer and Client Responses to First Episode Psychosis by Clare Barker et al. (Research Fellow, Youthspace).

Seeking Help for first episode psychosis (FEP): a family narrative by Sunita Channa et al. (Research Fellow, Youthspace).

Tools and Resources

Youthspace have compiled a Tool Kit for researchers, students or people wishing to investigate mental health. By clicking on the Researchers Tool Kit link, you can access information on:

1.      Literature Search Engines
2.      Designing an Online Survey
3.      Online Recruitment
4.      Sources of Funding
5.      Online Analytics
6.      Research and Data Websites