National Voices: Integrating mental and physical health; insights from experience
Intended audience group: 1 and 2
People living with long term conditions. Family members and partners of people living with long-term conditions, and health and social care professionals who support people with long-term conditions.
National Voices is collaborating with the Centre for Mental Health to better understand what helps the emotional wellbeing of people with long term conditions, and those who support them.
Centre for Mental Health’s research has highlighted the gaps between mental and physical health support in the NHS and demonstrated the case for investment in services including liaison psychiatry, perinatal mental health care and psychological therapies for people with long-term conditions.
We are looking to understand people’s experiences of managing the emotional and psychological impact of living with these conditions. We want to understand whether and how people’s emotional support needs are recognised, whether they are met, and how we can improve this support.
We want to speak to people whose lives are affected by long-term physical health conditions. By this we mean conditions that can be managed but often not cured, such as diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, some cancers and cardiovascular diseases, and many other conditions that are not as widely known.
We are especially keen to include people from groups that are sometimes under-represented in research, for example older people, people from black and minority ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBT+, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
The following is in confidence:
We are looking to interview people by telephone about their experiences. The call can be arranged for a time that is convenient for you and it takes approximately 30-45 minutes.
If for any reason you would find a telephone interview difficult but you would still like to participate in the research, there is the option of completing an online survey. There are three separate surveys and we would welcome your responses to any or all of the surveys for the groups you belong to
There is also an opportunity for people to provide audio or video recordings of themselves talking about their experiences. This is optional and something we will discuss with you in more detail when we are arranging the interview (or, if you complete the survey, at the end of the survey), when you will have the opportunity to ask questions and decide whether you would be interested in taking part.