Improving quality of life and health outcomes of people with psychosis through a new structured intervention for expanding social support networks

What is this study about?

A research programme that aims to evaluate a new intervention to help people with psychosis to overcome social isolation and improve their quality of life. The new intervention is called Social Contacts Coaching. It involves 1:1 support in increasing social activities and creating opportunities to meet new people and is delivered by a trained mental health professional.

Who can take part?
  • 18-65 years old
  • Diagnosis of psychosis-related condition (i.e. schizophrenia etc)
  • Three or less social contacts per week
What is involved?

Everybody involved in in the study will meet with a researcher to complete some questionnaires on their current social contacts, mental health and quality of life. Some people will receive the new intervention (called ‘Social Contacts Coaching’) which will support them to meet new people. Some people will instead receive information about social activities in their local area. There will be a 50% chance of receiving either the active support or the social activities information. Everybody involved will have appointments with a researcher 4 times over a 2 year period. People who take part will receive £15 shopping vouchers at each research appointment as a thank you for their involvement in the research.

The study is currently in the process of being adapted following the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is to ensure people can continue to receive support in increasing social activities safely in line with current government guidelines on social distancing. As such, some of the intervention and research assessments will be delivered by phone or video conferencing during this time.

How to get involved?

Please contact Holly Taylor by email at or call 0113 85 58307 to discuss the study further.