Participants needed for research on a new employment initiative 

EMPOWER, part of BCUHB Research and Development team, are looking to recruit people for a research study looking at the effectiveness of current mental health employment support services (MHESS). 

EMPOWER is a research study which aims to find how well new employment initiative – Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills for Employment (DBT-SE) – helps people to gain employment or return to work after being off sick (due to their mental health). They also hope to find out if DBT-SE has lasting positive effects on a person’s wellbeing.

The first group will be running in Flintshire, specifically Deeside and a second group in Rhyl. People can self-refer or can be referred by a mental health professional/GP. They will screen all participants for suitability and risk after referral then provide an hour face to face appointment to discuss participating in detail. People will be randomly allocated to one of those groups and the study will run for 18 weeks and then a follow up 6 and 12 months from the start. During the first week all participants will receive a general employment workshop to help with practical job searching skills e.g. CV writing and be provided with a manual with this information to keep. At the end of this workshop they will be told which group they have been allocated to.

Information leaflet


If you're interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact EMPOWER on 01248 383093 / 07557312188 or email [email protected]