We conduct high quality, innovative research related to mental health. We are focused on involvement of staff, service users and carers in all aspects of the research process, particularly through collaborative partnerships. Our focus is on applied mental health research that has a real world impact.
Our research findings are translated into innovative educational interventions and inform staff training and practice across a range of contexts and industries, ultimately improving the quality of mental health.
What we do
We conduct research on applied mental health and provide training in ways to improve mental health across a range of contexts. We work using a trauma informed, evidence based approach. With a background in research, clinical practice and teaching we offer courses, tailored to staff across a range of industries who wish to improve mental health in the workplace. These courses enable you to:
- Understand and develop your awareness of mental health.
- Make connections between trauma informed practice & the practicalities of the workplace (e.g. the modern railway industry) in relation to how those experiencing trauma can be supported more effectively.
- Developing skills and knowledge to openly discuss the issues of mental health in the workplace.
- Gain access to resources for self and other and future learning.
This training can be delivered online or face-to-face or we can offer a blended approach. We can also offer a staged approach comprising shorter ‘taster sessions’ followed by more in depth training.
Some recent feedback:
"The University has delivered a number of training sessions for our trade union members on the subject of trauma within the railway. These courses have been thoroughly researched, expertly facilitated and designed to meet our members’ specific learning needs. At the development stage, University staff worked with us to create resources and materials which reflect our members’ experiences and professional contexts. In addition, when the coronavirus pandemic brought restrictions to classroom teaching, the University showed adaptability by switching successfully to online teaching methods. In feedback, many of our members highlighted the high level of professionalism and commitment they experienced from the teaching staff at the University throughout our joint work." - Funding Organisation
- Working with ASLEF and Scottish Union Learning to deliver ‘Trauma Awareness in the Railway’ training both as an online taster session (1 hour) and a full day, CPD workshop. Please see the video below.
- Exploring the impact of the hospital gown on patient wellbeing to inform improved mental health for people experiencing medical interventions, this work was awarded Strathclyde University’s Images of Research ‘Impact’ Award in 2019.
- Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on mental health for people with congenital heart disease (CHD) with our partner charity The Somerville Foundation to inform the development of appropriate support, policy and practice.
- Leading a project with key stakeholders, including Prof Stephen Porges and Jacek Kolacz, Kinsey Institute of Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, University of Indiana on developing a standardised measure of safety.
- Exploring student mental health; currently conducting research on distinctive experiences of international students studying in the UK (funded by SMaRTeN)
- In consultation with other partners about developing training for other environments and workplaces including medical settings.
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year
6 in 10 people say poor mental health impacts their concentration at work
70 million work days are lost each year in the UK because of poor mental health
Meet our staff