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How to get co-creation right in mental health research

May 15 @ 10 h 00 min - 11 h 30 min


Undeniably, co-creation approaches in mental health research are needed to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and what is actually happening in people’s lives. But how is co-creation applied in current research practices? How do Horizon Europe projects ensure that the design and implementation of their co-creation processes benefit their co-creators as much as it benefit them? And what learnings and best practices should these big projects apply moving forward?

Jointly organised by 7 huge EU Horizon Europe projects on ‘Mental Health in Times of Change’, this webinar will delve into fresh and first-hand experiences involving practitioners and people with lived experience as co-researchers/ co-creators. Specifically, the discussion will center on the context of mental health interventions for various European populations. This webinar aims to provide a platform to explore both advantages and challenges that co-creators face, and the ways by which we can overcome these barriers.

This webinar is the first of a 4-year joint-webinar project, connecting 7 big EU-funded projects namely ADVANCE, ASP-belong, Boostrap, Improva, Mentbest, Reconnected, and SMILE. This series aims to provide synergy among like-minded mental health research serving Europe and beyond.

Webinar (Lightning talks and interactive discussion)

Moderator and Panelists

Moderator: Liuska Sanna, Head of Operations, Mental Health Europe


  • ADVANCE: Claudia de Freitas, Institute of Public Health, University of Porto
  • SMILE: Mel McKendrick, Heriot-Watt University
  • Mentbest: Arlinda Cerga Pashoja, St Marys University
  • Reconnected: Karthrin Schopf, Ruhr University Bochum
  • ASP-Belong: Kate Woodcock, University of Birmingham
  • BootStRaP: Celia Sales, University of Porto
  • Improva: Rodrigo Antunes Lima, Sant Joan de Déu
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