Invitation to Participate in a Focus Group for Carers and Family Members

Date: Monday, April 30th 2-4pm

Venue: Cambridge (to be confirmed)


The University of Birmingham is undertaking a research study to understand the contribution that the voluntary sector plays in providing support to people experiencing a mental health crisis. Focus groups are being organised, one to involve mental health service users and one to involve carers and family members. Each focus group will involve 8 -10 people and will explore the experience of using different kinds of services for support during a mental health crisis and what kinds of support people value at this time. This information will inform the next stage of the research.


We are inviting people who have had experience of a mental health crisis during the last two years and have used voluntary sector services for support. This can be any kind of mental health crisis but one that led to seeking support from a voluntary sector organisation or the NHS. You must be over 16 years to take part.


The focus group will last about two hours. Refreshments will be provided and you will be reimbursed for any travel expenses and receive a payment of £15 as a thank you for taking part. Once you have notified us that you are interested, we will send you more information and let you know the location of the focus group.


We will share the findings of the research with you afterwards in a short written report. All the findings will be anonymised and you will not be identified. It is hoped that the findings of the research will help improve the care and support that others receive during a mental health crisis.


If you would like to take part in one of these focus groups, you can find out what is involved by contacting Francesca Tomaselli on for an information sheet and to reserve a place in one of the focus groups. If you would like to discuss further, you can also contact Karen Newbigging, the principal researcher, on or 07974-929367 for more information.


More information about the study and the research team, which includes people with personal experience of a mental health crisis, can be found at:

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