What we are doing:
Groups4Health is an intervention to reduce loneliness which has previously been piloted in a university context. This PhD project aims first to further develop Groups4Health by adapting it for delivering with a clinical context. Secondly, the feasibility of Groups4Health will be evaluated in a feasibility study with adults accessing treatment for depression in secondary care.
Why we are doing it:
Loneliness is highly prevalent amongst adults with mental health problems. Loneliness has been linked to a range of physical and mental health problems as well as risk for early mortality. Loneliness appears to be a risk factor for the development of depression as well as worsening the prognosis of those already diagnosed with major depressive disorder.
What the benefits will be:
Groups4Health seeks to reduce loneliness by focussing on both the quantity and the quality of participants relationships. Following the intervention it is intended that participants will be better able to access greater levels of support outside of formal services and be more able to self-manage their condition.
Who we are working with:
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and The Social Identity and Groups Network (SIGN) based at Queensland University, Australia.
Laurie Hare Duke, firstname.lastname@example.org