Feeling Safe is a talking therapy for people who experience paranoia or have strongly held beliefs that people are trying to harm or threaten them. In previous research this approach has been shown to help people to feel safer and be more socially active. You can read more about this research here, or you can watch the following video.

The study called Feeling Safer builds on this research. In this study the aim is to see if the Feeling Safer therapy can be made even better, and more widely available on the NHS.

The aim is to do this by developing Feeling Safer so that it can be delivered by a smartphone app together with some in-person sessions with a health care professional. The new approach will be tested in six sites across the country to see if it successfully helps people to build the confidence and overcome the worry that they may have regarding leaving their home, visiting places, and interacting with other people.

The Feeling Safer is a study funded by the National Institute of Health and Social Care (NIHR) and is led by the University of Oxford.

Who they are looking for:

The McPin Foundation are forming a group of twelve people called a Patient Advisory Group (PAG) to help us to shape, and successfully deliver the study. The McPin Foundation are also forming a wider group of people called an Involvement Network.

McPin are looking for people to join the group who have experiences of paranoia and may believe that others are trying to threaten or harm them.

Mental health problems and experiences affect everyone, but involvement in research does not always reflect this. Therefore, McPin are actively seeking applications from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic groups.

McPin would especially like to hear from those who have gone through difficult life experiences. McPin would also like to hear from people who have not had the opportunity to be involved in research before.

The study will take place at six locations across the UK. McPin are looking for people to join the group who live near these study sites:

  1. Bristol
  2. Coventry
  3. Manchester
  4. Newcastle
  5. Oxford
  6. Middlesborough

If you do not live near one of these areas, you would still be welcome to apply to join the study ‘Involvement Network’. People in the Involvement Network may be invited to attend some online meetings and may be sent tasks from time to time to complete by email.

Expected commitment from participants:

The group will meet in person or online, and complete tasks by email. Some travel within the UK may be required. There may be some work to do via email or in between meetings. All work will be paid. McPin ask that people use their lived experience to ensure that the therapy developed, works well and is accessible to all.

Commitment to inclusion:

All reasonable travel expenses for in-person meetings will be covered. McPin can provide some assistance if people do not have suitable equipment for online meetings.


If you apply for this study please let the organisers know that you saw it advertised through Shaping Our Lives. Thank you!

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