Over the past few months, the Mental Health Research Matters team spoke with representatives across the UKRI-funded mental health networks about the Covid-19 pandemic. The result? a video series called Co-videos. The Co-videos explore how the networks responded to the pandemic, and their successes along the way.
UKRI funded the mental health networks in 2018, so a signifiant portion of their lifespans have been defined by the pandemic. Each network faced unique challenges during the pandemic, whether evaluating whether to shift research priorites or advocating for people left behind in the digital divide.
During the Co-videos, a researcher and someone with relevant lived experience from each network reflect on the pandemic.
- how the pandemic affected the populations the networks are seeking to help
- their learnings from lockdowns and social distancing
- the value of working in a network ecosystem
- the importance of centring lived experience in research; and
- their hopes for the future of mental health research.