Project Soothe is a global citizen science project, founded by Stella Chan in 2015 at the University of Edinburgh. In 2020, the team moved to the University of Reading where we are currently based. Combining world-leading research and public engagement, our mission is to develop a bank of soothing photographs that can be shared with others to improve mental health and wellbeing.
The public are actively engaged in our research as citizen scientists, meaning they are actively involved in developing and conducting the research. Members of the public from all over the world have been submitting their own soothing images into our image bank as well as rating how soothing the images are.
Our aim is to develop soothing images that can be widely used in research and therapies to support mental health and wellbeing. We have recently been working with children and young people to support them to develop and test wellbeing tools and have launched a Project Soothe app feature with CogniCare. We have also worked with many healthcare organisations and charities from across the UK to collaboratively create, pilot and showcase pioneering ways that our soothing images can be used in practice. Together we have created a User Guide to showcase their innovative pilots projects.
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Former Collaborators and Researchers
Prof Matthias Schwannauer
Collaborator, University of Edinburgh
Dr Angela McLaughlin
Research Assistant / Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2015-2020, University of Edinburgh
Dr Elaine Gray
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2020, University of Edinburgh
Research Assistant 2019, University of Edinburgh
Ms Stephanie Allan
Research Assistant 2017-2020, University of Edinburgh
Research Assistant 2020, University of Edinburgh
Citizen Science Champions
we are grateful to many schools and organisations which have supported our research and innovation.
Find out more about how to submit your soothing photos and help us learn more about the everyday experience of self-soothe.