Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG)

Vista: a youth mental health study

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  Why are we doing this research project? 

However, we don’t know much about voice-hearing in young people and how this might affect their social lives and activities.

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What is our goal?

  • To find out more about the social relationships and activities of young people who do and do not hear voices.
  • To find out more about voice hearing in young people and better understand when voice hearing might be upsetting for young people.
  • To hear about the experience of care /support of young people distressed by voice-hearing

Research implications will focus on informing developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions for young people, including those who hear distressing voices.

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Who can take part?

Young people:

  •  14 to 18 (including 14 and 18) years of age
  •  receiving care from an Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) team or a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

This project will not be right for young people who: 1) can’t read and write in English, or 2) are diagnosed with moderate or severe learning disability.

For those under 16 years of age, a parent/legal guardian will also need to agree for young people to take part in the study.


What will taking part involve?

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Participants will complete questionnaires and interview-type assessments of their current/past mental health difficulties and social relating with the help of a researcher from our team. 

Duration: 3 to 4 hours, over one or two sessions. This will depend on the young person. 

Young people with voice-hearing experiences might also be invited to an optional interview to talk about any care and support received from services. This will take up to 1 hour.

Reimbursment: Participants will be given £20 for their participation 

Study design:  Vista is a cross-sectional exploratory study.


                 Recruitment Status: Completed


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Contact information

For more information, please contact the researcher Kat Rammou (Chief Investigator).

Email: or

Phone/text: 07391868645 with your name and phone number. 


If you have any further concerns, you can also email the project supervisors:

  • Dr. Mark Hayward: (School of Psychology, University of Sussex & Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Professor David Fowler: (School of Psychology, University of Sussex)
  • Dr. Clio Berry: (School of Psychology, University of Sussex & Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)


 This project is supported by the ESRC funded Doctoral studentship and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This project is sponsored by University of Sussex. IRAS ID: 236382