Helping Ease Anxiety and Depression after Stroke – HEADS: UP Online

Stage 3 of HEADS: UP Randomised Controlled Pilot trial has started recruiting 

Have you had a stroke? Do you know someone who has had a stroke?

Interested in finding out more about a research study investigating mindfulness to help with anxiety and depression following stroke? Read on …

We are looking for stroke survivors to take part in the HEADS: UP Online research. Stroke survivors can take part with a friend or family member, if they wish.

HEADS: UP Stage 3 RCT pilot trial is wishing to recruit adults who have had a stroke more than 3-months ago. The participants will be randomly divided into two groups of 15 people, a ‘treatment group’ and a ‘control group’.

The treatment group will receive the HEADS: UP online 9-week course; the control group will not. Participants in the treatment group will attend a 9-week HEADS: UP online course in October 2021 or in February 2022. We will compare the two groups to see whether attending HEADS: UP is effective for people affected by stroke.

For all participants taking part involves filling out questionnaires (we can help if needed). We will also ask people to take part in two focus groups or interviews. Some participants may also be asked to attend a nine-week online mindfulness course, HEADS: UP, led by an experienced mindfulness trainer.

The treatment group will receive the HEADS: UP online 9-week course; the control group will not. Participants in the treatment group will attend a 9-week HEADS: UP online course in October 2021 or in February 2022. We will compare the two groups to see whether attending HEADS: UP is effective for people affected by stroke. All participants in both groups will be asked to complete questionnaires at 3 or 4 time points and to participate in 2 online focus groups. This data will help us plan future HEADS: UP research. The HEADS: UP online 9-week Mindfulness course is facilitated by an experienced Mindfulness trainer. It is delivered using Zoom. Each session will last approximately two and a half hours with breaks included.

Recruitment is open NOW and will continue until we have recruited 90 participants.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the HEADS: UP research team, you can fill out the contact form on our webpage (https://bit.ly/3vu4bHN) or contact the HEADS: UP research team:

Professor Maggie Lawrence, Lead Researcher

Dr Bridget Davis, Project Manager

Ms Naomi Clark, Researcher

Email HEADS: UP:                     headsup@gcu.ac.uk                                                  

Phone the HEADS: UP team or leave a message:  0141 331 3421

Please download this flier to give out to potential participants. 

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PPI Team-NIHR recruiting public members on to their research funding committees

The PPI Team-NIHR have recently launched their annual campaign to recruit public members on to their research funding committees. In particular they are keen to reach out to the people of Black African, Asian and Caribbean heritage who are currently underrepresented in their committees. Please share the information below with anyone who might be interested in getting involved. Haydee Garcia-The Programme Manager, for PPI Team-NIHR would be happy to discuss the opportunities with them. 

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60jpk7WaBnI&feature=youtu.be

Information about the roles on NIHR’s website: 

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/vacancies/public-committee-member-national-and-regional-committees/23670


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