Mental Health

About the Mental Health Research Group 

mental health research group In 2014, the Research Institute recognised that there was a need for a team of mental health professionals to join forces and open the door to Mental Health Research, and thus the Keele Mental Health Research Group was formed.

The team, which is made up of clinicians, academics and other mental health profesisonals, have key skills in a variety if research methodologies and techniques. First and foremost, the key aim of the group is the improvement of care and quality of life for people with mental health problems, particularly those with pain or co-morbidities within both primary and specialist care.

Special Interest Groups are currently being developed to help support the research development, and more information will be available in due course. 

Details of the various research studies that the team are involved in can be found below. To keep up to date with all things 'mental health', why not follow the group on Twitter or Facebook

If you have any queries or require furhter information about the group and/or their research, please contact Dr. Tom Kingstone in the first instance ( 


A multi-centre randomised clinical trial which studies a group of psychological interventions for post-natal depression in British mothers of South Asian origin.

Perinatal Anxiety

This study explores the perspectives of Health Care Professionals ('HCPs') in primary and specialist care about perinatal anxiety. 

MUS Specific Metaphors 

This study questions whether Metaphors usefully represent the underlying cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles for medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), and how acceptable such generic and MUS specific Metaphors are to patients and practitioners.

The NOTEPAD Study (NOn-Traditional providers to support the management of Elderly People with Anxiety and Depression)

This study has is a collaboration with Age UK, and aims to test the feasibility of training third sector workers to deliver and intervention to older people with anxiety and depression. 

The MIR Study (Mirtazapine added to SSSRIs for treatment resistant depression in primary care)

This is a randomised controlled trial which aims to test whether the addition of the antidepressant 'Mirtazapine' is effective in reducing the symptoms of depression compared with a placebo in patients who have been treated with Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) or Serotonin Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI) for at least six weeks. 

The Diabetes and Depression Study

This study focusses on the illness perceptions and explanatory models in patients with type 2 diabetes and co-morbid depression. The findings of this study hope to contribute to the development of patient-centred interventions using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles. 

People and Partners Study 

People and Partners is a study which explores the barriers and facilitators for General Practitioners to access support when they are experiencing stress/burnout and/or reduced emotional or mental well-being. 

CASPER PLUS (Collaborative Care in Screen-Positive Elders) 

CASPER PLUS is a study of primary care-based psychological treatment, called 'collarboative care' for older people with depression. It's aim, is to establish the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of collaborative care for older people with depression. 

IDEA Study (Indicators of DEmentiA outcomes) 

This is a qualitative study of patients with dementia, caregivers of those with dementia, and healthcare professionals on outcomes and markers of disease progression.

Mapping Grief

While grief is a universal human response to loss, understanding the psychological dynamics which might contribute to complex reactions and coping difficulties, fit within a wider frame of concern for mental health. The Range of Response to Loss Model (RRL) is a theory of grief which articulates these dynamics and the Adult Grief Scale (AAG) is an associated measure used to map/profile individual grief. It is used especially with people who seek help in bereavement and is a model and measure used across a wide rang eof health and social care settings  

CARE 75+ (The Community Ageing Research Study 75+)

We are working with West Midlands Clinical Research Network to recruit to the CARE75+ study which aims to understand how to better identify and manage frailty within primary care.  This is done by collating an extensive range of health, social and economic outcome data from community dwelling people from the age of 75 and over. 

FRRESH - Forum for rural research on health and wellbeing 

Self-harm in older adults 

Meet the team

We also have a team of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturers: