All of our REACT Supporters had extensive first-hand experience of supporting others with long-term mental health conditions and had been specially trained to work on REACT. To protect the anonymity of their loved ones and for purposes of confidentiality our REACT team members all work under pseudonyms.
In order to support the successful delivery of REACT during the trial a team of REACT Supporters (RSs) were employed to support the users of the site in a number of ways:
- To access current information pertinent to their own specific contexts
- To signpost them to useful resources
- To provide further support by managing and monitoring online forums and direct messaging systems and writing blogs to provide additional information on carer related topics.
These messaging systems and blogs were an important and bespoke part of the intervention where RSs could draw upon their personal experience of helping others in an informed, supported and professional manner.
Below is a list of some of the key people who were involved in the REACT Trial and IMPART Study.
Alice (REACT Supporter in The REACT Trial)
Jo (REACT Supporter in The REACT Trial)
Lisa (REACT Supporter in The REACT Trial)
Naomi Fisher (Implementation Lead for the IMPART study)
Sonia Johnson (Involved in the development of the REACT Site and the REACT Trial and IMPART Study)
Steve Jones (Provided Clinical Supervision to the REACT Supporters in the REACT Trial and had a lead role in both the REACT Trial and IMPART Study)
Fiona Lobban (Principal Investigator of both the REACT Trial and IMPART Study)
Elizabeth Murray (Involved in the development of the REACT Site and the REACT Trial and IMPART Study)
Vanessa Pinfold (Supported the involvement of relatives in the IMPART Study)
Heather Robinson (Trial Manager for The REACT Trial)
Jo Smith (Involved in the development of the REACT Site and IMPART Study)
Andrew Walker (Digital Technologist)
If you would like to know more, please contact Bethany.
Bethany is a Research Associate working on the REACT project. Bethany has worked at Lancaster University for nearly two years across the REACT and IMPART projects. Bethany is interested in the implementation of digital interventions for supporting mental health. When not at work, Bethany loves walking in the Lancashire countryside.
Telephone: 01524 592910
Address: C80, Spectrum, DHR, Furness College, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW