One in five (23%) of the adults surveyed for the BSA in Yorkshire and the Humber said increasing awareness about the latest developments in mental health research could improve mental wellbeing where they live; and 30% said having a platform through which people from the area are able to collectively say what is needed could help.
Across the UK, the research revealed there is interest in community involvement within all age and income groups. 48% of 18-24 year olds, 50% of 25-34 year olds, 51% of 35-44 year olds, 47% of 45-54 year olds and 44% of people aged 55+ said they would be interested in taking part in community activity to improve mental wellbeing in the area where they live.
Household income was not a barrier to being interested in getting involved in community activity, with similar levels of interest expressed by adults living in households with an income of up to £10,000 (46%), £10,000 to £30,000 (47%), £30,000- £50,000 (50%) and those above £50,000 (50%).
A person’s income was, however, identified as one of the five most important influences on a person’s mental wellbeing. The five top-scoring answers in the research were Health (80%) (a person’s physical health and family health history), Family (79%) (having family members to connect with), Friendships (79%) (having close friends), Income (73%) (how much money a person has) and Employment (73%) (if a person has a paid job).
The Ideas Fund will help to test and explore factors that impact on our mental wellbeing, through people-powered ideas and collaborations between communities and researchers.
Lara Clements, Wellcome’s Associate Director, Public Engagement & Campaigns, said:
“At Wellcome we see local communities and the public as vital partners in our mission of solving the urgent health challenges that affect everyone, and The Ideas Fund will be an innovative and important new way to connect people with the research that matters to them. I’m delighted to be working with the British Science Association to launch it.”
Visit www.theideasfund.org and follow @TheIdeasFund on Facebook and Twitter
To get involved with the project:
Community groups – please contact Harriet Johnson (HJohnson@tworidingscf.org.uk)
Researchers – please contact Gill Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org)