Supporting those of us with mental health problems and long term conditions

We’re really pleased to be teaming up with researchers at The Health Foundation’s Q Lab to explore how healthcare can better support those of us who have mental health problems and long term physical health conditions such as persistent back and neck pain.

The study will help us understand how care services can be better designed to help maintain health and wellbeing.

We know that 1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and back pain affects around a third of the UK population each year. Coping with either of these can be a challenge, and many people experience both at the same time.

Evidence suggests that people with symptoms of depression are 50% more likely to experience back pain, and that people with chronic back pain are significantly more likely to experience a mental health problem.

Get involved

Become a peer researcher 

We’re looking for people with lived experience of these problems to interview others going through the same thing.

If you’d like to be an interviewer, we’ll provide training and support, as well as a payment for your trouble. It’s a great opportunity to develop your research skills, and get involved in this important work.

Tell us about your experiences

Or you can get involved by sharing your experiences of living with a mental health problem and persistent neck and/or back pain with one of our interviewers.

Interviews could be over the telephone, or in a mutually convenient location, and expenses will be paid.

Contact us

If you’re interested in taking part, please get in touch with us at [email protected] and we’ll send you more details.

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