COPE-Support study

This study aims to find out if an online resource called ‘COPe-support’ works to improve carers’ wellbeing and how well they cope with caring, using a randomised controlled trial (RCT) design.

COPe-support provides peer support, information on psychosis and ways for carers to look after themselves, all online via

Who can we include?

  • Unpaid carers who provide caring support for a loved one with psychosis
  • Carers can be parents, partners, siblings, other relatives or close friends who do not have a biological relationship with their cared-for person
  • Carers need to have at least weekly contacts with the cared-for person, although these contacts could be in a variety of formats e.g. face-to-face, phone calls, emails, social media such as Facebook or text messages
  • Those aged 18 or above, living in England, able to communicate in English and have regular access to the internet.

Who do we need to exclude?

  • Those who care for someone with a mental illness other than psychosis
  • Cannot include more than one carer who might share the caring for the same individual.

What is involved for the patients?

  • Complete online baseline questionnaires (approx 15 mins)
  • Be randomly allocated by computer to receive either COPe-support or an online information webpage (on top of any other services participants are receiving)
  • Participants will have access to the online resource they have been allocated to for eight months
  • Participants to complete further online questionnaires to see how they are feeling after two months, four months and eight months of using the resource
  • Participants will receive £30 as a thank you for their time.

For further information please contact

Megan Setterfield
Tel: 07584 384627

Or click her to complete our online form