It all started on 30 April 2020. It was a sunny Thursday afternoon when our first ever episode went live.

The Research Sofa weekly mini series is a womb of scientific questions, thoughts, ideas, collaborations and discussions regarding the huge health inequalities that people with SMI experience. It features researchers, mental health professionals, carers and people with lived experience of severe mental illness, in a relaxed and engaging manner.

Each guest (or team of guests) is expected to provide a short talk (up to five minutes, or ten for a team of guests) regarding their role and activity (and/or lived-experience if that applies) around SMI, using simple language to express their point of view and understanding of the profound social and health inequalities and other issues that people with SMI face. The overall purpose is to inform, to raise awareness, and to inspire new ideas and new collaborations and to engage.

The content reflects our most important values:

  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Respect and Kindness
  • Integrity and Openness
  • Equality and Positivity
  • Freedom of Information
  • Collaboration and Action
  • Evidence-based research

Sit back and enjoy our series of unscripted, self-expressive and relatable short talks which aim to inform you, inspire you, and even uplift you. We have already released Season 1, 2, and 3.

Season 4 begins in October 2021.

We'll have a new episode every Thursday on the CtG YouTube channel shared via the CtG Twitter account. Don’t forget to subscribe and get notifications about the new releases!

For the time being, the participation happens by invite-only, but if you want to appear on the Research Sofa, feel free to send us your topic via email at theano.pavlidou@york.ac.uk to explore the possibilities of taking part.