The Loneliness & Social Isolation in Mental Health Research Network offers six ways to get involved in loneliness, social isolation and mental health research and activities

The Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health is a research network that brings together many different perspectives on this topic. It is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a body that brings together UK Research Councils in different fields.

Join the Network slack channels

Join the new slack workspace, which includes specific channels on #arts, #built_environments, #community_and_high_risk_groups, #digital technology, #older_adults and #young_people, to help Network members with specific interests get in touch with each other for research-related activities within and beyond the Network related to loneliness, social isolation and mental health. There are also specific channels #finding_collaborators and #interventions_call_faqs for the Network Interventions call.

 

Read the new Network blogs on loneliness in prisoners and the transgender and gender diverse community

Dr Stephen Ginn has written a blog on loneliness and prisoners, and Talen Wright has contributed a blog on loneliness, social isolation and mental health in the transgender and gender diverse community. Talen will also be starting her PhD at UCL this month, funded by the ESRC, for which she will be investigating the prevalence and determinants of mental distress in transgender people.

 

Take a look at what Network members identified as the top research priorities for loneliness, social isolation and mental health

In May-August 2020, members of the Network were invited to take part in two surveys. In the first survey, respondents were asked to list what they thought were the most important research areas to focus on in relation to loneliness, social isolation and mental health. In the second survey, respondents were asked to rank those areas, in order to identify the top research priorities. Forty-five people provided complete responses to this second survey and you can see the headline results HERE.

 

Share your experiences of loneliness and Covid-19 as part of a major new creative project

Network member Fred Cooper and his colleagues Charlotte Jones and Olly Clabburn are providing the opportunity for people in the South West to share their experiences of the considerable isolating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as part of a major new project designed to collect stories of loneliness and community. The Lockdown Blues is an online scrapbook where anyone can contribute their thoughts, feelings, or reflections on loneliness in any format – whether through poems, songs, paintings, stories, sketches, videos, letters or a few brief notes. It has been designed to promote empathy and creativity, with the hope that reading, writing, and creating may help visitors to the website feel less alone. It will also act as a public record, so that people’s experiences of difficulty during this important time aren’t forgotten or overlooked. Contributions to The Lockdown Blues can be anonymous and in any format. People can also contribute using the hashtag #lonelycovid. The website also provides details of charities, services and community groups in the South West: www.lockdownblues.co.uk. Email: hello(at)lockdownblues.co.uk.

 

Coping with Loneliness, Isolation and Covid-19 – online survey

You can take part in a short online anonymous international survey to help understand how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. This study is being undertaken by a group of International academic researchers, including members of this Network, who are part of the International Loneliness and Isolation research NetworK (I-LINK).

 

Watch the Closing the Gap network Research Sofa series

Closing the Gap are producing a YouTube series showing researchers talking about their work around severe mental illness.

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