Current research projects
The Young Carers project aims to understand more about the experience of young people who care for family members and close friends who have mental illness in regards to the impact of caring on their education. Peer researchers will be interviewing a number of young carers. The family member or friend, and the young person's nominated teacher will also be invited to share their experiences. The aim of the research is to understand more about the possible supports and adjustments that could improve engagement with education.
Sometimes young people carry out caring related tasks but may not choose to define themselves as young carers, or do not see their activities as 'caring'. They may also hide their caring, fearing the family will be broken up if people realise the parent is requiring care, through loyalty or to avoid stigma.
In spite of the oft noted concern with 'hidden carers', much of the research to date has used convenience sampling, drawing participants from carer organisations and talking to young carers who identify as such. These are therefore not really 'hidden'. For this research, we will instead take a COPMI perspective (Children with a Parent with a Mental Illness). That is we will talk to young people whose parents live with a mental illness. They will have varying levels of caring duties; some none and some a lot. Some will see themselves as 'young carers' and some not.
Research projects in partnership
In addition to the work that we are leading, we are a partner on the following research projects:
Quitlink is a randomised control trial being led by the University of Newcastle to better understand the support needs of people with mental health issues who want to cut down or quit smoking. Recruitment for the project is across both St Vincents and Mind with the aim of recruiting 382 participants across the two sites. What is unique about this project is the combination of peer support, nicotine replacement therapy and quitline counselling support.
Peers in Emergency Departments
The University of Melbourne and Mind received a grant from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MSEI) to develop a model of peer support in hospital emergency departments. The funding covers the work of a peer researcher and was extended to include a PhD candidate who also has a lived experience. The model has been developed and is now being refined. A training package for the peers has been developed and is under review.
As with all our research projects, findings will be used to improve the quality of our services and to support our policy advocacy and system reform work. Where appropriate, they will also be used to influence attitudes towards people with serious mental ill-health among policy makers and the wider community.
For more information on our published research, please contact Elise Davis, Manager Research and Evaluation at email@example.com
How to get involved in research at Mind
Undertaking research with consumers, families, carers and staff at Mind
If you would like to partner with us on research, please contact our Research and Evaluation Manager, Dr Elise Davis to discuss further on (03) 9455 7041.
If you would like Mind to assist you with your research and advertise your study to our consumers, their families and carers or staff, please fill out the form below and send with relevant attachments to Dr Elise Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Research and Evaluation team will meet to discuss your proposal and you will be advised of the outcome.
Research application form
Participate in current research activities
We are currently recruiting for participants in various research studies. Contact Nadine Cock on Nadine.email@example.com for more information