CaSPER-Research with African Caribbean Carers affected by Schizophrenia

E-learning for African Caribbean families affected by schizophrenia

In the UK, African Caribbeans’ relative risk of schizophrenia is nine times higher than that of White British people. African Caribbeans access care later in their illness, presenting with more severe symptoms. They are less likely to seek help early because of misinformation and negative, stigmatising attitudes to mental health in the community. Improving families’ attitudes and knowledge about schizophrenia positively affects family tension and carers’ perceptions of mental illness. However, this information relates to White families. There is little evidence about family education programmes about mental health in other communities in the UK. Researchers at the University of Manchester aim to co-produce a culturally-appropriate e-learning resource with African Caribbean participants to improve attitudes and knowledge about schizophrenia and engagement with services. To do this, we would like to hear what content the resource should have. 

Who can take part in the research?

 Young people aged 18-29 who are family members, relatives or carers of African Caribbean people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Participants are not required to be African Caribbean themselves. 

What will the research involve?
In this phase, the research involves participating in a focus group, which is an informal group discussion. The topics discussed include experiences of caring for/about someone with mental illness, and what you would like to get out of such a resource. 

Wednesday 5th October at 6-8:30pm

University of Manchester, Cliff Bell Seminar Room, Coupland 1 Building, Coupland Street, Manchester M13 9PL (near Manchester Museum)

Participants will be reimbursed for public transport costs and their time. There will be refreshments available.

If you would like to find out more, please contact:
Lead researcher Dawn Edge (, 0161 275 2570)
Research Project Manager Henna Lemetyinen (, 0161 275 7435)