Where: UHI Outer Hebrides, Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway

We would like to invite members of the Outer Hebrides community who can attend UHI Outer Hebrides in Stornoway to take part in a workshop which involves discussing with others about local mental health needs.

This workshop is part of a research study based upon work done in Texas by our partners at Texas A&M University (Kingsville). There are two workshops taking place: one here in the Outer Hebrides and the other in the Black Isle in Highland.

These workshops involve a process called the ‘Delphi Method’ which is a research technique used to engage people in group discussion about a particular subject and reach a consensus on a way forward.

Attendees will take part in discussion sessions with both the whole group (12-15 people) and in smaller groups (4-5 people) over the course of about 4-5 hours. The workshop will be audio-recorded to keep an accurate record of what has been said. Only members of the research team will have access to the recordings

You will be asked to fill in a basic questionnaire about yourself (no name on the questionnaire) e.g. your age group, gender, employment status, job sector (this will not be shared with the rest of the group).

You will be asked to discuss three main questions on mental health:

1. What does mental health mean to you?

2. What are the biggest mental health issues or needs you see facing this community?

3. What solutions would you suggest that would meet the mental health needs of your community?

The study has been reviewed by the research ethics committee of the University of the Highlands and Islands

Benefits to Taking Part

There are no direct benefits to you for taking part but you will receive refreshments including a free lunch in the UHI Outer Hebrides campus training restaurant, as well as a £10 local shopping voucher to participants.


Prof Sarah-Anne Munoz
Dr Liz Ellis
Dr Rachel Erskine
Hereward Proops

Contacts for further information or to register for the workshop on Tuesday 24th May 2022:

Dr Rachel Erskine, Programme Leader MA Health & Wellbeing & Pg Certificate Healthcare Quality Improvement, UHI Outer Hebrides, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or reception can be contacted on: 01851 770000

Professor Sarah-Anne Munoz, UHI Rural Health and Wellbeing, Centre for Health Science, Old Perth Road, Inverness, IV2 3JH. E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.