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Since September 2018, the Q Lab and Mind – the mental health charity – have been working in partnership to explore the experiences of people living with both mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain, and how care can be designed to best meet their health and wellbeing needs.

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Watch: why mental health and persistent pain matters to Mind

The Q Lab and Mind have been working together with over 100 people (Lab participants) from across health and care, to identify opportunities and improvements for individuals, organisations and local areas wanting to improve care for people living with both mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain.

What we are learning

In May 2019, we published the first project outputs as two essays, based on insights generated from our work over the last 5-6 months:

  • Mental health and persistent pain: an introduction – This essay outlines how the Q Lab came to focus on mental health and persistent back and neck pain, and why it is a topic that warrants attention.
  • Challenges and opportunitiesThis essay brings together the insights generated from a number of collaborative research activities with Lab participants, outlining the challenges and impact of this topic and five opportunities for improving care.

Read the Lab essays on mental health and persistent back and neck pain

Working with organisations to develop and test ideas

The Q Lab is working with four organisations – ‘test teams’ – to translate the insights into practical actions. Find out more on each of the four test teams:

Get involved

Currently almost 100 people from a range of backgrounds and/or lived experience are working with the Lab on this topic.

All those with lived experience or professional expertise on the topic are welcome to get involved and help shape our collective understanding of the issue.

Get involved in the Lab

You are also invited to join the online group, connecting Q members and others who are working or interested in improving the lives of people living with both mental health problems and persistent pain.

Join the online group