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Mary Seacole Research Centre project information

Our funded research projects

We work with researchers, statutory and voluntary sector agencies nationally and internationally through co-production and co-creation of knowledge for promoting UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Mental Health Literacy in rural and urban communities in Kerala India: An interdisciplinary approach using applied theatre methodology (MeHeLP India). This international interdisciplinary partnership research project that examines the applicability of evidence-based interventions of Mental Health Literacy (MHL) for urban and rural communities through a multi-centre study using participatory theatre and media. This is a three-year project based in Kerala, India funded by Economic and Social research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) (£686,862)
  • An exploration of Mental health and resilience migrant workers in India using community theatre methodology. This international research project examines how internal migrants living in slum dwelling communities construct mental health resilience in the modest of adversities. This International research project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Medical Research Council (MRC) and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) (£198,000)
  • Loneliness and social isolation in migrant communities: A systematic Review (Funded by NIHR Public Health Research with Professor Sarah Salway University of Sheffield) 2017-2019
  • Access to mental health services by people from minority ethnic communities in East Midlands: An exploratory study (£20000) Raghu Raghavan – East Midlands Mental Health Clinical Network April 2019 to January 2020 
  • ROSHINI 2 – Multi Centre RCT of a group of psychological Intervention for postnatal depression in British mothers of South Asian origin. Leicester Site Collaborator (Raghavan) (Prof Brugha, Leicester University)
  • Mental health and Wellbeing of Older people: A Pilot study Funded by EWA, Leicester) (October 2019 to March 2019)

Recently completed projects

  • Toolkit for improving BAME research participation (City CCG) PI 2016-18 (Prof. Azar Farooqi, Raghu Raghavan, Karaen Jutlla, and partners) 
  • Detection of dementia in Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in Primary Care (NIHR RFPB Feasibility study)  Prof. Andy Wilson, Raghu Raghavan, Hari Subramanian, Mark Johnson and partners)

Future projects

Positive Youth Development: Sustainable Wellbeing in Belarussian Youth (SWiBY)

AMS GCRF Networking Grant (£25,000)

The project is based on the interdisciplinary principles of co-creation and co-production between Belarusian scholars in public health, local government, and the Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRYU), and British and Norwegian scholars in mental health, Positive Youth Development (PYD), and public health policy. The network will develop culturally-relevant methodology to address pressing local issues in youth development: substance abuse, suicide rates, mental health stigma, and lack of public engagement.