The voice of the public

in public mental health.

We are the public involvement team working at the McPin Foundation on the public mental health programme of the NIHR School for Public Health Research. Our role is to bring the voice of the public to public mental health research and our aim is to ensure that what we do on the programme is timely, relevant, and meaningful to people's lived experiences of mental health.





The McPin Foundation is a mental health research charity. We believe research is done best when it involves people with relevant lived experience that relates to the research being carried out.

We call this 'expertise from experience' and integrate this into our work by:

  • Delivering high-quality mental health research and evaluations that deploy collaborative methods

  • Supporting and helping to shape the research of others, often advising on strategies to involve expertise from experience 

  • Working to ensure research achieves positive change by influencing methods, practice, and decision-making in mental health research

Find out more here: www.mcpin.org


The NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) is a partnership between eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research in England: Universities of Sheffield; Bristol; Cambridge; Imperial; and University College London; The London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); LiLaC – a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster; and Fuse – a collaboration between Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities.

Public mental health is an international priority and a major challenge for public health practitioners, yet the evidence base regarding effective interventions is limited.  The public mental health programme involves applied public health research in children, young people and adults and aims to generate new knowledge which practitioners can use to deliver impact.

Find out more here: https://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/category/research/public-mental-health/

This project is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SPHR), Grant Reference Number PD-SPH-2015. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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