MHPRU Research Festival 2023

On Monday 31st July 2023, the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit (MHPRU), based at University College London and King’s College London, held a Summer Research Festival at KCL’s Strand Campus. The festival aimed to disseminate and celebrate several research streams conducted by the team over the past five years. To hear Prof Sonia Johnson and Prof Alan Simpson introduce the day, watch here. The sessions included presentations and panel discussions, which are summarised below.

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Mental health care for autistic people session

How do we improve MH access and experiences of care and mental health outcomes for autistic people?


Acute care session

Presentations on MHPRU projects focusing on informing policy on acute and crisis care.


Peer support session

Presentations on the MHPRU peer support projects and discussions from peer support workers

‘Co-production: Taken seriously?’

An interactive discussion between Lived Experience Researchers and PRU researchers about co-production.


Shaping policy session

Four presentations of MHPRU projects and how they can shape policy.


Public Health and Every Mind Matters Campaign

The five Public Health presentations on Every Mind Matters, England’s first national mental health literacy and self-care programme


‘Surviving survivor-led research: interviews with Lived Experience Researchers’

A series of interviews highlighting the importance of Lived Experience Research. 


Closing thoughts and next steps

The NIHR MHPRU has been granted funding for a new programme of research over the next five years, starting in January 2024. We want to extend our thanks to everyone who took part in and attended our research festival, as well as those who joined us online. We are proud of everything we have achieved so far, and very much look forward to keeping you up to date with our future work in MHPRU 2!

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