What is REACT?

REACT Supporter availability over Easter

Please note that during the Easter holiday period the REACT Supporters will not be available from Thursday 29th – Wednesday 4th April 2018 (inclusive). Please do continue to use the resource directory, toolkit and study material during this time.

We appreciate that the holidays can be a tough time for relatives. If you feel you need more support you might find it help to contact mental health services, if you are already in contact with them. If you are not in contact with mental health services, the following might be helpful:

Your local out of hours GP or A+E (visit http://www.nhs.uk/ if you’re unsure where to find the services), Samaritans on 116123 (UK) or emergency services on 999 (UK) if you feel there is a serious and immediate risk.

REACT is an online study to compare the effectiveness of a Relatives Education And Coping Toolkit (REACT) with an online Resource Directory. Half the people in the study will receive the REACT toolkit, and half will receive the Resource Directory.

To test how well REACT works in improving outcomes for relatives we will ask you to complete online questions at baseline, 12 and 24 weeks after you start the study. Please only continue with registration if you feel you’re able to commit to this.

REACT is a free online toolkit for relatives (or close friends) of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder. It contains lots of information, strategies to manage common problems and stories from other relatives about their experiences. Through the site you can also contact a REACT Supporter who is a trained relative who can provide additional support. There is also an online forum (REACT Group) where you can talk directly with other relatives using the site.

The Resource Directory lists details of how to access the full range of support currently available to relatives (or close friends) of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder including links to the websites of the main national mental health organisations and details of how to access support through NHS health services. This ensures you get access to the best support currently available.

We are looking for relatives or close friends of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder to take part.

If you are interested, please click the ‘Start Registration’ button above.

The REACT study is no longer recruiting. If you would like to be informed of study results please check back on this site in Summer 2018. For more information please click here.

Click ‘Data Collection’ above for questionnaires & follow-up

We would like to invite you take part if the following applies to you:

  • Aged 16 and over
  • A relative or close friend of someone with psychosis or bipolar disorder
  • Living in the UK
  • A good knowledge of written and spoken English language
  • Regular access to a computer which is connected to internet
  • Willing to engage with online support for distress linked to your supporting role
  • Lancaster University
  • Lancashire Care
  • UCL
  • The Spectrum Centre
  • CTRC
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