Connect and collaborate

Connect and collaborate

Research careers in mental health are inherently collaborative and multidisciplinary. Connecting with researchers from different institutions, mental health and care workers, and third-sector professionals will help you to gain new perspectives, enrich your knowledge, and make a difference in the field of mental health research.

How to connect and collaborate:

  • Drop your pin in the Mental Health Research Community Map (via the link below) to help connect people with similar research interests
  • Check out the mental health research happening in the UKRI mental health research networks and Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs)
    • ARCs support research in specific areas of health
    • ARC East of England and ARC Oxford and Thames Valley both have a mental health research focus

"The Applied Research Collaborations have a focus to work across the NHS, public health, social care and the voluntary and community sector."
- Eileen Kaner, Professor of Applied Behavioural Science

“As a practitioner who’s interested in research, you don’t know how valuable you are to research teams in universities. Go for it - make contact!”

– Dr Sinead Lambe, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher

"Mental health research is hugely important – a variety of people conduct it, it's done in a variety of ways and settings."
- Eileen Kaner, Professor of Applied Behavioural Science

<p>– Jack Pollard, Health Economist</p>

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role as a health economist working in mental health research is getting together with experts from a variety of areas, from psychiatrists to statisticians, all of whom are pulling in the same direction, as this leads to the most meaningful discussions and the most insightful research.”

– Jack Pollard, Health Economist

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