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“Often a listening ear can be more powerful than any words that anyone can come up with.”

“Often a listening ear can be more powerful than any words that anyone can come up with.”

Starting university can be a daunting prospect within itself, but beginning during a global pandemic adds another layer of difficulty for new and returning students. Luckily there are brilliant services such as Nightline to offer support. Nightline is a listening service open at night run by and for students. We caught up with Samuel Donnelly, Head of Communications at Nightline to discuss mental health as the new university year begins. 

Black mental health matters. Let's talk about it.

Black mental health matters. Let's talk about it.

We’ve relaunched our award-winning MQ Open Mind podcast as a webinar. We are discussing the science behind mental health and addressing some of the most important current topics in mental health.  

Our next webinar is on Black mental health matters. You can join us on Thursday 13th August, 5.30-7.30pm to learn more about the important topic of Black mental health. Reserve your free ticket now.  

Looking after our mental health as lockdown eases

Looking after our mental health as lockdown eases

As many people tentatively return to socialising after months of being at home, fresh challenges and worries may arise about managing social distancing and controlling anxieties about the pandemic as a whole.

We recently hosted our first MQ Open Mind Webinar, where were joined by expert panellists to discuss how to look after our mental health as lockdown eases.

After the webinar, we asked each of our panellists their one piece of advice to for people to bear in mind as lockdown eases. Here's what they told us.

How gamification could change the face of mental health research

How gamification could change the face of mental health research

The Neureka Project is a novel approach to dementia and mental health research. Anyone can download the app for free, answer a series of questions and start playing games, which feed into a large-scale study with participants from across the globe.  

Funded by the Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College, and Science Foundation Ireland, the Neureka project's primary focus is to increase our understanding of disorders of the mind, including a range of mental health conditions and dementia.  

 Addressing the community response to our mental health research roadmap for COVID-19

Addressing the community response to our mental health research roadmap for COVID-19

In April, we worked alongside the Academy of Medical Sciences outlining the priorities for a mental health research response to coronavirus, which was published in the Lancet Psychiatry. The Lancet has since published a further paper that builds on the community's response, outlining five areas that need to be at the front and centre of the ongoing mental health research response to the pandemic. 

Researcher Q&A: How will social distancing affect trans and gender diverse young people?

Researcher Q&A: How will social distancing affect trans and gender diverse young people?

We know COVID-19 is hitting mental health hard. It is also clear there are a number of vulnerable groups at particular risks, including those with increased risk of mental illness, such as trans and gender diverse young people. We caught up with Dr Beth Jones to discuss her latest study on the effects of social distancing on trans and gender diverse young people.

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