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People with COPD sought for COVID-19 research project

Section: MembershipType: News Item Date Published: 3rd July 2020
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The Mental Health Foundation and the University of Strathclyde would like to hear from people over the age of 18 and living in Scotland.

The Mental Health Foundation and the University of Strathclyde are conducting a research project on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic response on population mental health and disparities.

Whilst the impacts on physical health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been an important consideration, the mental health impacts are equally as important to consider given the longer-term impact that the pandemic might have on different aspects of our mental health.

Therefore, this study is focusing on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for different groups in society, including people living with a long term physical health condition.

The researchers want to understand how the mental health of different groups has been impacted, what actions people have both benefited from, and the actions people would like to see in the future in order for them to cope well, to support resilience, and to protect their mental health. They also seek to explore ways in which the response to the pandemic could have better supported different groups.

The intention is that the findings from this study will have implications for policy, practice, intervention development, and service configuration to ensure that the mental health needs of different populations are adequately understood and addressed as we emerge from this pandemic.

As such, they are are looking to recruit interview participants over the age of 18 and living in Scotland, with lived experience of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), who would be willing to talk about their experience of the COVID-19 lockdown. The interview would take place online and last approximately one hour – a £20 voucher would be given as compensation for the time.

If you would be interested in participating in this study, please contact Kate Hughes, Research Assistant at Mental Health Foundation by email khughes@mentalhealth.org.uk or call 07872 544334.

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