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Can you help with some mental health research ?

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rbish1 Thu 03-Aug-17 16:47:26

Hi Mumsnetters,

I am conducting research into the experiences of families affected by parental mental health difficulties. When a parent has mental health difficulties, other family members often help to look after their child when they are unwell or take on more of the childcare than usual. This may include their other parent, stepparent, their parent’s partner, grandparents, older siblings, aunts, uncles and extended family members.

Are you, or anyone you know, in this situation and willing to take part in a one-off face to face interview?

These caregivers often provide emotional and practical care for children. They also sometimes help with housekeeping. Previous research has suggested that this support is vital in families affected by parental mental health difficulties.

I am interested in talking to people about their lives, experiences and views. Taking part in the study would involve a face-to-face interview lasting approximately an hour. Interview locations are flexible depending on your needs, but can include the University of Hertfordshire, a community location, or your home.

Criteria for participants
-Caregiver for a child/children with a parent with a mental health difficulty (may or may not be ‘officially’ diagnosed).
-Age 18+
-Willing to take part in an interview with a researcher to talk about their experiences.

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please contact Becca Bishop at

The research findings will be published and made available to all participants at the end of the project. The aim is to make a difference in the lives of parents, children and families by informing policy and practice.

This research is being conducted as part of my doctoral training as a Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Participation is on a voluntary basis.

Thank you for your interest. I look forward to hearing from you.

rbish1 Mon 23-Oct-17 08:51:12

We are still looking for participants for our project. Are there any parents/carers out there who would be interested in taking part?

Contact me on

You can visit our website at

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