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The Citizen Science To Achieve Coproduction at Scale (C-STACS) study is applying a citizen science approach to mental health research. It is funded by UKRI until February 2024. 

We are currently running two citizen science projects, in collaboration with the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre

Citizen science project 1: Managing mental health challenges is described at https://www.researchintorecovery.com/research/c-stacs/citizen-science-self-management/ 

Citizen science project 2: Envisioning recovery support is described at https://www.researchintorecovery.com/citizen-science-envisioning-recovery-support/ 

These projects are taking place as part of a larger initiative at the University of Nottingham called “Citizen Science for Mental Health”.

Citizen Science for Mental Health doesn’t have a presence on the web yet, but you can follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MentalHealthCsi or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61555569557873. If you are interested in about project results and future citizen science projects, please join our mailing list: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=MHCITIZENSCIENCEPROJECT&A=1 . Please add MHCITIZENSCIENCEPROJECT@JISCMAIL.AC.UK to your safe list.  


The aims of the C-STACS study are:

1. To synthesise published evidence about citizen science in mental health
2. To capture the perspectives of key stakeholder groups (citizen science academics / contributors, mental health service users, informal carers and professionals)
3. To develop a conceptual framework for citizen science in mental health
4. To consolidate the project consortium to achieve representation from diverse and wide-ranging communities
5. To generate new knowledge from citizens about what a recovery-supporting mental health system looks like
6. To investigate the self-management approaches which citizens living with mental health problems actually find useful in their lives
7. To disseminate the key findings to relevant audiences, including contributing citizens

Meeting these aims will allow us to do mental health citizen science on a larger scale in the future, and to learn how to enable mass participation of the public in mental health research. 


Who is involved?

The C-STACS Research Fellow is Olamide Todowede, who is the first point of contact for the study. The study is led by multidisciplinary researchers at the University of Nottingham (Doreen Boyd, Mike Slade (PI), Stuart Moran, Stefan Rennick-Egglestone). The study is co-led with the Centre for Mental Health, ImROC, KCL Service User Research Enterprise (SURE), McPin Foundation, Mental Elf, National Survivor User Network (NSUN), NHS Confederation, Nottingham BRC Mental Health and Technology Involvement Team, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Social Spider community interest company and Taraki.


 Our work will always be published open access – there will always be a freely-accessible public version of every paper that we publish.

We described the transformative potential for mental health of citizen science here.

We published a systematic review developing best practice guidelines for using citizen science in mental health here, as defined in a prospectively-registered protocol here. A summary of our findings has been published by The Mental Elf here.  

We contributed to a UK government roundtable discussion on citizen science and policymaking, reported here

Your questions about C-STACS


How can I contact the project team about the study?

Please email us by sending an email to mhcitizenscience@nottingham.ac.uk. We’ll respond in five working days at most, normally quicker.