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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.  

Why we need to learn more about stress and resilience in unpaid carers

Why we need to learn more about stress and resilience in unpaid carers

In the UK, around 1 in 8 adults are carers, with 1.3 million people estimated to be providing care for over 50 hours a week.  Understanding why some carers remain resilient under this long-term pressure and burden, while others develop anxiety and depression, is vital in order to identify new targets for intervention. That’s why Emma Wilson is are running an online study that looks at resilience and distress in unpaid carers. 

 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. 

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