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. Between 2020 and 2022, we released four seasons (S1, S2, S3, S4) and a Special Edition (S4+).

We had a new episode every Thursday on our CtG YouTube channel shared via our CtG Twitter account. By the way, if you want to get a notification whenever we publish new video content, please subscribe to our YouTube channel. 

For any info or questions regarding the Research Sofa, please contact Theano Pavlidou at