Neon Programme - Research

Neon Programme - Research

New participants are being invited to join the second phase of the NEON programme to help researchers understand how recovery narratives (personal stories of mental health problems and recovery) can be of benefit to people with mental health problems.

NEON (Narrative Experiences Online) is a large-scale research study running from 2017-2022, and is seeking to recruit participants who are current users of any mental health services and mental health workers to help design and trial a clinical intervention built around recovery narratives.

The study team will be collecting stories from a wide range of sources, with a focus on stories from people whose voices are seldom heard by mainstream cultures, and gathering them together to form the largest online repository of mental health recovery stories in the world. 

They will then be making these stories available for others to view, hear and read in the NEON Intervention, and evaluating in a randomised controlled trial whether people benefit from the NEON Intervention. They will also look at whether having access to these stories can improve the way mental health workers support people with psychosis. The research study team are keen to hear from anyone who would like to take part in this trial.

As well as researching the impact the collections of stories has on people who are currently users of any mental health service, the research study team are also looking to recruit mental health workers to take part in focus groups to discuss how they think the NEON intervention could fit into their their services.

To find out more about getting involved in this research please email the NEON programme coordinator, Stefan Rennick-Egglestone at or phone 07973 841271.

Or read more on the study website:


(The study was approved by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in May 2018, and is funded by the NIHR, as part of their Programme Grants for Applied Research stream of funding.)