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Mental Health Research Matters Campaign

#MentalHealthResearchMatters is a campaign sparking a conversation about why mental health research matters, and what good mental health research looks like.

The background

In 2018, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) funded 8 mental health research networks, including academics, clinicians, third sector representatives, and those with lived experience, addressing topics from youth mental health to social isolation. In 2022, the Mental Health Research Matters team launched a digital conversation on the importance of mental health research and how to get involved.

The campaign

The narrative follows a group of people in a local community from different backgrounds and shines a light on the the factors that may impact on their mental health and why multi-disciplinary research, co-produced with people who have lived experience of mental health difficulties, is impostant.

Animation still: An apartment block illustrated in a cut away fashion so that we can see inside the residents apartments.
Animation Still: park with various people engaged in different activities. A man on a bench looks at his phone, a person in a wheelchair also uses a phone, and three friends chat while holding their phones. Children play on swings, and a couple walks hand-in-hand. Thought bubbles show people's concerns about relationships, social interactions, and technology. The scene includes a picnic table, a pond with ducks, and a roundabout.
Animation still: A street scene in a local community. A young teenage Asian boy is standing at the bus stop in his school uniform waiting for the bus and looking at this phone. A young white woman wheelchair user is also at the bus stop looking at her phone. An older white man in a cardigan is walking towards the bus stop. An Asian lady wearing a hijab drives past in her car, she is thinking about her family as we can see a thought bubble above her head with a visual of herself, her husband, her daughter and her son - who is the boy at the bus stop. Over the other side of the road is an apartment block, a small shop and a post box.
Animation still: A young, white, non-binary person is in their room painting a picture of a colourful brain. Whilst the are painting there is a tough bubble appearing from their head as they think about the art class they teach in their local park.
Animation still: A young Asian teenager in his school uniform and his younger sister are standing in the living room of their apartment. The boy is looking at his phone and his sister is trying to see what he is looking at. Their mum stands next to them wearing a hijab and carrying her briefcase, having just walked in from a day at the office.
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We have been working with Ange at Love & Logic for some 6 months supporting our campaign #mentalhealthresearchmatters and she has produced an animation and infographics. Fantastic. So easy to work with and such brilliant designs. Thank you.

Vanessa Pinfold, McPin Foundation View review on Google