by Gillian Cameron
In 2016, I graduated with a degree in Computing from Glasgow Caledonian University. My final project involved developing a reminiscence application for people living with dementia. From this project, I developed a keen interest in how technology could be used in mental healthcare.
After finishing my degree, a friend had just started a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) – something I had never heard of. Once she explained what a KTP was, I was keen to check out current vacancies. Continue reading
by Matt Flinders
There can be little doubt that mental health is a growing global challenge. And it really is a global challenge. Although rapid rises in relation to depression, anxiety, substance misuse, self-harming and eating disorders have been well-documented in many ‘advanced’ and relatively wealthy countries, it has been estimated that over 80% of those suffering from mental health disorders actually live in the Global South where support is rare.
Seen from this perspective the potential role and impact of the social sciences in terms of helping to understand why the mental health of so many nations seems to be fraying and what might be done has never been greater. I’m not suggesting that it is the role of the social sciences to come up with simple answers to complex problems. But I am suggesting that the complexity of the mental health challenge – with its cultural, economic and political dimensions – demands an inter-disciplinary approach with the social sciences at its core. Continue reading
by Linda Birt
Each year several thousand people with dementia take part in vital research as research participants, yet there are few examples of co-research projects in dementia research.
Co-research means people with experience of the condition work alongside academics in all stages of the research process: co-designing studies and co-creating data and results. In the context of dementia, co-research has the potential to actively involve and empower people with dementia and reduce stigma and feelings of isolation.
by Louise Arseneault
Many people have childhood memories of being pushed around and being punched by other pupils when we felt you couldn’t retaliate. They may also remember being the topic of nasty rumours or being excluded by others. Unfortunately, being bullied is not an unusual experience, even today.
Similar to maltreatment, bullying involves abusive behaviours where it is more difficult for the victims to defend themselves. But in contrast to maltreatment, these abusive behaviours are perpetrated by others of the same age. The research I have been conducting for the past 15 years – alongside great collaborators – emphasises the importance of moving away from the common perception that bullying is a just an unavoidable part of growing up.
by Kate Reed
This week (14-20 May) is Dying Matters Awareness Week. And, it is currently estimated by the NHS that one in six pregnancies in the UK will, sadly, end in miscarriage. According to official data (PDF) 3,245 stillbirths and 1,381 neonatal deaths were recorded in 2014.
Post-mortem can often contribute to a better understanding of the underlying causes of death in such cases. But, in evidence submitted as part of a parliamentary debate on baby loss in 2016, low rates of consent for post-mortem were identified as a cause for concern.
Therefore, understanding how to support parents effectively around decision-making about post-mortem is important for reducing incidences of baby-loss. Continue reading