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Changing school culture to improve mental health

In this blog post Tricia Jessiman and Judi Kidger from the University of Bristol discuss their work exploring the aspects of school culture that impact young people’s mental health and the role that young people can play in changing it for the better.

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The way the government talks about ‘childhood obesity’ is flawed. Should we even be talking about it at all…?

Writing for the Fuse Blog, Naomi Griffin, Fuse/NIHR SPHR Post Doctoral Research Associate, looks at how UK policy defines 'obesity' and its approach to 'choice' & 'stigma' in relation to health inequalities.

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Cuts to Sure Start spending linked to increased childhood obesity

A new study from SPHR researchers shows that spending cuts to Sure Start Children’s Centres taking place since 2010 are associated with an increased prevalence of obesity in school reception classes.

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Dealing with the mental health crisis – the challenge of asking the experts!

Fiona Duncan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Fuse (Durham University) has been working on a NIHR SPHR public mental health project which aims to investigate how 'co-located' services based in the community can be used to promote wellbeing. Fiona was tasked with setting up and facilitating an expert panel workshop. In this blog piece Fiona shares her insights and experiences of this work.

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How do we improve diversity in research?

Public involvement and engagement in research is not a new concept. Without members of the public engaging with our work as participants, we would not have advanced our knowledge and understanding of the social world over the last few hundred years.

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Community interventions for older adults

The aim of this project is to develop a better understanding about co-located community interventions that focus on the mental health and wellbeing of older adults by exploring what works, for whom, and under what circumstances.

1st October 2020 - 31st March 2022

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The public’s role in public health

This project aims to examine the best ways in which to inform a local and national debate about how we can increase public support for the most effective and equitable dietary and active travel health-behaviour change policies and interventions. The overarching aim is to explore the development of an emerging framework to predict public acceptability / support for various policy options aimed at improving population health.

01 February 2021 - 31 March 2022

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Exploring and understanding access to community-based mental health and addiction services in Newcastle and Gateshead


England has seen an increasing number of individuals who are homeless, have drug or alcohol problems, or are repeat offenders.

September 2020 - March 2022

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We’re putting local authority food outlet data on the map – what’s next?

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Blog: The mental health of the nation has never been so under threat

Writing for the Fuse blog, Fiona Duncan discusses the mental health impact of COVID-19.

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