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Mental Health


Mental health is an important research and teaching theme at The Open University. In terms of teaching The Open University offers a range of modules and qualifications designed to lift the lid on this complex, fast moving and sometimes controversial area. Undergraduate students can study particular modules, such as “Mental Health and Community” (K240) which explores many aspects of supporting people with mental health problems in the community and “Approaches to Mental Health” (K314) which explores the various approaches to supporting mental wellbeing.  Students can also study mental health-related topics at post-graduate level, and this includes undertaking doctoral projects in the field.  

Current research covers a range of mental health topics including: dementia; diabetes and depression; computerised therapies; adolescent mental health; suicide; and mental health workforce challenges. 

Latest activity: the Mental Health group recently held an internal sandpit event to help build research networks and capacity. From this, the group is developing several projects, on both individual and collaborative levels, to pursue the research topics outlined below and will likely include a series of new publications.

For more information about the Mental Health Research Group please email mathijs.lucassen@open.ac.uk

Events

For our Winter OU Mental Health Research Group event the focus will be on short presentations from researchers where they…
1. Present a mental health paper or study that they feel ‘stuck on’ or would like to discuss with colleagues from the group;
2. Present a conference presentation that they would like to practice before the ‘real deal’; or
3. Present a recently delivered conference presentation or published paper – and get feedback from colleagues about the ‘next steps or stages’.
Meeting 29 January 1.30-3.30 pm in Horlock 005, or via Skype. Contact Dr Mathijs Lucassen for details
mathijs.lucassen@open.ac.uk

Group Members


Dr Geraldine Boyle undertakes research into living with dementia, cognitive disability more generally and mental capacity. Her work particularly focuses on the perspectives of those living with conditions such as dementia, but also the views and experiences of carers, families and professionals.
Professor Cathy Lloyd’s work focuses on the overlaps between physical health challenges, particularly diabetes, and mental health issues, such as depression
Dr Mathijs Lucassen is particularly interested in the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, as well as creating and evaluating e-therapies, and developing the mental health workforce.
Dr Sharon Mallon’s research focuses on projects related to suicide postvention and prevention.
Sarah Matthews’ research explores the impact of professional identity on role fulfilment in statutory and integrated mental health services, both current and historical.
Dr Jitka Vseteckova’s research includes dementia-related projects, and studies to do with recovery-focused care planning and coordination in England and Wales, which have demonstrated the importance of working with service users and providers.

Additional mental health researchers in the faculty include:

If you are interested in being a part of the Mental Health Special Interest Group please email healthwellbeing@open.ac.uk where further details will be provided.

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