Research into Recovery and Wellbeing

A website about the work of the recovery research team at the Institute of Mental Health

The University of Nottingham


The CIVIC study aims to develop and evaluate a social new intervention to tackle loneliness in clinical populations by increasing social connectedness. It is funded by NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands.

Recruitment is now open

We are recruiting adults in Nottingham to take part in a study of the ‘Groups4Health’ social connectedness programme.

The study is open to adults aged 18-65 with a diagnosis of depression who would like to develop their social connections.

You can find an information sheet here.

If you would like to join the study or for more information please contact Laurie Hare Duke ( or 0115 7484334).

CIVIC papers

Development of the CIVIC Framework for social connectedness:

Hare Duke L, Dening T, de Oliveira D, Milner K, Slade M (2019) Conceptual framework for social connectedness in mental disorders: systematic review and narrative synthesis, Journal of Affective Disorders, 245, 188-199.