Lauren Chakkalackal

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Lauren began working for the Mental Health Foundation in September 2010. Her role involves executing research projects, data collection and analysis, report writing and conducting evaluations.

Lauren is currently working on the Gardening Leave project and is covering the London site of the evaluation process. Gardening Leave is a two year pilot project that examines the mental health and wellbeing of ex-service personnel through enabling them to enjoy the structured activity of gardening in a safe environment. Lauren also contributed to the Mental Health Foundation's Sleep Matters report, published in January 2011. She has a background in Psychology and is particularly interested in research exploring ethnic minority communities' access to mental health services.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Lauren worked with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. She measured the effectiveness of services in the Work, Stress, and Health Programme based on service users' experiences.

Lauren holds a MSc in Mental Health Studies and a BSc in Psychology. Her MSc research investigated the agreement between parents' and teachers' ratings of behaviour in children with ADHD and learning disability.