Guiding Lincolnshire’s Mental Health Research (GLiMHR): Developing a locally responsive and global facing centre for improving rural and coastal mental health

Funding body National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)
 Total funding £149,570.12
  • Dr Nima Moghaddam, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Dr David Dawson, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Prof Niro Siriwardena, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Professor Roslyn Kane, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Dr David Nelson, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Dr Harriet Moore, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Dr Kyla Pennington, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Dr Jaspreet Phull, Lincolnshire Partnership HS Foundation Trust
  • Mrs Tracy McCranor, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Prof Mark Gussy, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Professor Richard Morriss, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Martin Orrell, University of Nottingham
  • Mr Jonathan Mansfield, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Rob Dean, University of Lincoln
  • Professor Derek Ward, Lincolnshire County Council
  • Dr Joseph Akanuwe, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Dr Viet-Hai Phung, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Dr Julie Pattinson, University of Lincoln, UK
Overarching aim Background: Lincolnshire faces significant mental health challenges, especially in its rural and coastal areas. It has the highest suicide rate in the Midlands and includes areas with severe mental health needs. Factors like unemployment, high depression prevalence, and heavy use of antidepressants are particularly problematic.We aim to identify priorities for a future mental health research group (MHRG) in Lincolnshire. This will involve: (1) working with a network of local patients, carers, professionals, and communities to (2) set a research agenda that reflects and responds to the mental health needs of people in this region.
Objectives  To address the research aims we will:

  1. Collaborate with local services and communities, including Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement; (PPIE) to help form a Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) to provide advice and support.
  2. To address the specific mental health needs of local people our Mental Health Research Group: (MHRG) will focus on Lincolnshire but will also have global relevance: supporting understandings of mental health issues in rural and coastal areas by examining key psychological, social, geographic, and biological factors.
Methods We will use proven methods to create a research network and set research priorities in mental health for Lincolnshire. Including

  1. Set up of a Project Steering Committee for managing the priority-setting process.
  2. Survey and rapid review methods; Summarising, synthesising, and evidence-checking
  3. Consensus workshops to agree top research priorities for the region
  4. Interim priority ordering.
  5. Consensus workshop.
Outcomes  1. Establish a strong experienced- and practice-based research network in Lincolnshire, inclusive of a wide range of stakeholders.2. Identified local priorities for mental health research.

3.  Developed themes, priorities, and work-packages to be addressed through a future MHRG.

Outputs Peer reviewed publicationsConference presentations

Report for NIHR

Outreach activities and public dissemination

We will conduct outreach activities to engage local services and community groups, including producing accessible summaries, communication materials to inform relevant audiences.

  • To ensure that the research topics and plans working towards a larger project are developed together with local contributors.
  • To develop themes, priorities, and work-packages to be addressed through a future MHRG.
  • Place-based interventions, which focus on leveraging local community resources and environments to offer support and services including trauma-informed community development.
  • Digital interventions utilising technology to bridge geographical gaps, providing accessible mental health resources.
  • Public health promotion and prevention strategies will be explored to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage early mental health intervention.
  • We ultimately aim to build enduring capacity for programmatic mental health research that addresses Lincolnshire’s needs in collaboration with our services and communities.

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