Sibling research projects
Promoting sibling needs through research.
The Siblings Network has been informed by listening and talking to the brothers and sisters of people with mental illness, our questionnaires and surveys, research in the field and our sibling steering group.
We also support researchers looking at the needs of siblings and how they can be met. You can find details of our past research and current opportunities below.
The Siblings Network - evaluating our learnings
In 2007, we launched the Siblings Network, an information and support network for anyone whose brother or sister has experience of, or is living with, a mental illness.
We started the Siblings Network as our members told us that it was really difficult for the siblings of people with mental illness to find support and advice. We wanted to find a way to provide that support and connect the siblings of people with mental illness with one another to share experiences and advice.
In July 2010 the Big Lottery Fund kindly awarded us three years of funding to build the network into the project we have today. We have evaluated the project, the impact and the legacy of the Siblings Network project in our end of project report. This looks at the impact the project has had, why sibling support is so important and our plans for the future.
Download the Siblings Network project report
Download the Siblings Network project report summary
Download our Siblings Network and campaigning report
Resources for siblings of young people affected by psychosis
Kings College London and Rethink Mental Illness have collaborated on a research project looking at how to best support the siblings of young people affected by psychosis – “The E-Sibling Project”.
The E Sibling Project online resource is ready at http://siblingpsychosis.org/
Download information on the E Sibling Project study
Latest project news!
Find out about the E-siblings project findings so far: Young Minds Support for Siblings article
Siblings of individuals with first episode psychosis - their experiences and needs
Jacqueline Sin tells us about her research into the needs and experiences of siblings of individuals with first episode psychosis and a new research study with the aim to develop and evaluate an online multi-component psychoeducational intervention for siblings of individuals first episode psychosis.
Find out more about the research study for siblings of individuals with first episode psychosis
Siblings Network report 2011
We took a survey of siblings in 2011 and asked what siblings wanted to know more about, where they would like to find this information, how mental illness in the family affects their lives and how Rethink Mental Illness, families and professionals could better support them.
Download the siblings report 2011
The impact of first episode psychosis on siblings' identity 2011
Newman, Simonds & Billings (2011) explored the impact of having a brother or sister who has experienced a first episode of psychosis on siblings’ sense of self, their identity development and the roles they adopt within their families.
Four siblings took part in the study, two male and two female, aged between 17 and 24 years.
Find out more about this research
Research on siblings of individuals with first-episode pyschosis 2008
Berkshire Healthcare Trust and Thames Valley University have been conducting research into the experiences of siblings whose brother or sister had experienced a first episode of psychosis within the last three years. The research was carried out in Berkshire and West London with siblings aged between 16 - 35.
You can download and view the report below:
Siblings of Individuals with First-Episode Psychosis report 2008
For more information, contact: Jacqueline Sin, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust & King's College London Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sibling Network survey 2006
Over the years, Rethink members have asked Rethink to provide more specific support and information for siblings as their needs and questions are different to other family members. in 2006 we did a survey of our members and non-members and the feedback was that siblings wanted and needed their own community and support.
This research helped us to get funding from the Big Lottery Fund to set up a siblings network.
Rethink Mental Illness Siblings survey report 2006