SPHR researchers from the public mental health programme are inviting members of the public, academics and practitioners to provide feedback on an interactive web-based tool to help improve people’s understanding of what has an impact on mental health.
The tool is the first of its kind, bringing together evidence from academic research, reports, practitioner and public consultations to map out the factors affecting mental health across all stages of a person’s life.
The web-based interactive tool will map out the factors affecting mental health and identify if each factor has a potential positive or negative impact on a person’s mental health. The tool will provide links to related research and further reading, possible programmes/schemes to improve mental health and share real-life experiences.
The team want the tool to be relevant and useful to members of the public, practitioners and academics. It is hoped that it will be used to help identify further opportunities for research, inform policy and practice, improve people’s knowledge of mental health and inform patient choice.
How can you get involved?
Members of the public, academics and practitioners are now being invited to express an interest in testing the interactive tool. The team are keen to find out how individuals use the tool and hear their thoughts on the look and feel of the tool including the use of language and visuals.
Who can take part?
The team are looking for volunteers from the three core groups:
• Public health practitioners
• Members of the public
Representation from policy and mental health charities would also be welcomed.
When and where will the testing panels take place?
Testing panels will take place online via Zoom during the week commencing Monday 26 April 2021. There will be at least three 1.5 hour sessions over the course of the week and if invited to join the testing panel, volunteers will be asked to participate in one of these sessions. Volunteers will need to have access to the internet, a laptop or a desktop device.
What will happen during the testing panel sessions?
The session will be made up of two parts:
a. Each volunteer will attend a one to one session with a member of the design team to carry out individual tasks focusing on how easy the tool is to use, its content, language and visuals. During this part of the session the team member will take volunteers through the tasks and observe interactions and feedback.
b. Each volunteer will join up to two other volunteers and the design team to form a group discussion about the tool.
How can you apply?
Members of the public, practitioners and academics are invited to complete an expression of interest form by 11pm on Monday 12 April.
A member of the team will be in touch during the week commencing 12 April 2021 to confirm if you have been selected to take part in a testing panel.
If you are invited to attend a testing panel, you will need to accept your place, after which you will be contacted during the week commencing 19 April with full details of the session, including joining instructions, and a detailed information document. Beyond reading these documents, no further preparation is required.
Members of the public will receive £25 for taking part in a testing panel, plus a £5 flat rate to cover broadband and electricity usage. Details of how to claim will be provided with the instructions email.
To find out more about the research project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org