Can You Help The McPin Project

Help needed! Could you participate in our research into medication choices in pregnancy?


I’m a friend of FashionWorked and proud to have been a guest blogger. I’m also a freelance worker in the mental health field. Right now I’m really enjoying being a service user researcher in a project run by the McPin Foundation and UCL looking at how women make choices about whether to continue psychotropic (mental health) meds in pregnancy.

But we need help!

I think this study is incredibly important. Not much is really known about what kind of information women are given and how supported/unsupported they feel in their decision by healthcare professionals, family or friends, nor is there much useful evidence about the safety of these drugs in pregnancy. We are hoping to improve the quality of information available to women in this position.
We have been interviewing participant about this issue and have some really interesting data coming through, but we still very much need women who are willing to be interviewed. We would love to hear from you if:
– you are a woman with a child under five who had to decide whether to carry on taking meds in pregnancy
– you have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, perinatal psychosis, depression with psychosis or borderline personality disorder

– you have been prescribed anti-psychotics or mood-stabilisers for your mental health (please note we are unable to look at decisions about antidepressants in this particular study).

If you meet the criteria we would ask for approximately one hour of your time and can conduct the interview in your own home or another place of your own choosing where you feel comfortable.

If this sounds like you, we would love you to take a look at the information sheet and get in touch with McPin. If you have a friend or relative you think may be eligible and willing to take part, please do point them in the direction of the information sheet.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this!

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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