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11 May 2022

Join our new Mental Health Special Interest Group – and help to shape research and care in our region

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Do you have an interest in mental health? If so, we’d like to invite you to join a new Special Interest Group for Mental Health (mSIG) in our region.

We’re keen to have a really broad mix of people involved in the group – including those with lived experience, service users, mental health practitioners and professionals, as well as anyone with a research interest in this field.

The purpose of the group is to join-up researchers with practitioners and public members, to help us share ideas and new developments related to an integrated approach to mental health research and care delivery.

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC) was recently awarded an extra £750k of funding from NIHR to strengthen and expand mental health research capacity and capability across our region. Part of that funding will be used to support the development of this Mental Health Special Interest Group (mSIG)

How will I contribute to the group?

As a member of the Mental Health Special Interest Group (mSIG) you will play an important part in helping to shape research and care in key areas of mental health concern in our region – including homelessness, suicide prevention, emergency care and mental health in schools.

The mSIG will meet regularly but there is no expectation that you would need to attend every meeting. If you need any support to attend meetings, we would be very pleased to arrange that in advance.

The first meeting of the group will take place on Monday 13 June 2022, 1pm-3pm, online – and we’d like to welcome anyone with an interest in mental health in our region, to join us and find out more.

Find out more and book.

If you have any questions about the event or the mSIG please email Elani Jeyagugan at