What do you think about your estimated heart age?

At the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD), we are working with Public Health England to evaluate peoples experiences of the online Heart Age Test (HAT). The evaluation will be carried out by Victoria Riley, Prof. Chris Gidlow, Assistant Prof. Rachel Povey and Sophia Fedorowicz and involves members of the public taking part in an…

Not All Roofs Are the Same

Not All Roofs Are the Same This blog post written by Elena Zwirner, a behavioural ecologist interested in when and why pro-sociality – the tendency to help others – arises, and how it is maintained in a population. Her research paper Neighbourhood wealth, not urbanicity, predicts prosociality towards strangers was recently published by the Royal…

World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day, “Working together to prevent suicide”, September 10th, 2020 Every year 800 000 people die by suicide, this equals one person every 40 seconds. In addition to this, for every person who dies by suicide, 25 people will attempt to end their own life. Each of these statistics represent someone’s friends, child,…

Having a Voice: Homelessness in Stoke-on-Trent

Having a Voice: Homelessness in Stoke-on-Trent This blog post written by CHAD team members Aman Mankoo and Elliott Phillips provides a summary of the 2018 study ‘Having a voice’ by Massie, Machin, McCormack and Kurth. This study provides a snapshot of homelessness within Stoke-on-Trent and offers insights from both stakeholders and people experiencing homelessness, such…

Nothing About Us Without Us – The Role of Patient and Public Involvement in Health Research

Nothing About Us Without Us – The Role of Patient and Public Involvement in Health Research Written by Patricia Darcy, Researcher at Centre for Health and Development, Staffordshire University & Aisling O’Connell-Martin, Patient Advisor Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is research carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or…

Public Involvement in Suicide Prevention Research

Public Involvement in Suicide Prevention Research Written by Sophia Fedorowicz Every year approximately 800 000 people take their own lives and around 20 times this number attempt suicide (World Health Organization, 2019). Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds globally and is recognised as a public health priority (World Health Organization, 2019). People experiencing mental distress often experience…