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Citizen science project 1: Managing mental health challenges

Our citizen science project

We know that many people are living with mental health challenges, but not seeking or receiving support from NHS mental health services. This is for many reasons, including service rationing, or misdiagnosis. 

We want to learn from people living in the UK about the strategies that they use to manage mental health challenges. We suspect that many of these strategies are unfamiliar to mental health providers. 

We hope that greater knowledge of these strategies will help improve mental health provision. All of our findings will be available to the public, open access, for free.

How you can get involved


We’ve worked with a range of people living in the UK to build an initial list of self-management strategies that they use. 

We’re now using using an online form to consult the public about items in this list, so that we can improve our list.

We’d value your input – it takes about 10 minutes to work through our form, which can be accessed here:

We need contributions by end of May 2024.

We’d appreciate you sharing this project with others, for example, by sharing our Tweet:  https://twitter.com/MentalHealthCsi/status/1767933562102116387 or our Facebook post.

Where can I find out more?

This research is taking place as part of the C-STACS study, in collaboration with the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre

If you’d like to stay informed about this and other mental health citizen science work, then our main point of communication is our mailing list – you can join here: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=MHCITIZENSCIENCEPROJECT&A=1. Please add MHCITIZENSCIENCEPROJECT@JISCMAIL.AC.UK to your safe list.

This project is taking place as part of a larger initiative at the University of Nottingham that we call “Citizen Science for Mental Health”. We don’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.