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Our research

The research we conduct aims at highlighting the importance of early intervention and prevention of mental illness in the age group of 12 to 25 and the development of targeted services for youth focusing on improving prognosis through continuity of care, promoting resilience and supporting healthy developmental pathways. Ultimately, with our research we want to inform the development of targeted, evidence-based, youth-friendlymental health services by placing young people at the forefront of change.

The group is conducting research under the following themes:

  • Stigma and youth mental health
  • Primary care and youth mental health
  • Transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services
  • ­Young people’s involvement in the development of mental health services: a scoping review (Dr Maria Michail and Dr Lynda Tait)

Background

Service user involvement in mental health services has been encouraged by service users, policy makers, and practitioners. Tait and Lester (2005) summarised the evidence base on adult user involvement in mental health and social care, from both policy and practical perspectives, and described traditional obstacles to involvement as well as examples of positive practice.

The importance of young people’s involvement in the development and delivery of mental health care is also widely recognised, but the extent to which they are involved in service planning and delivery is unknown.

Aim

The aim of this study is to review and synthesise existing relevant published and grey literature on young people’s participation and involvement in the development and delivery of mental health services.

Specifically, we aim to:

  1. Summarise the research evidence base on young people’s participation and involvement in the development and delivery of mental health services to determine what is and is not known on this topic and thereby identifying gaps in existing knowledge to inform future research.
  2. Evaluate the evidence base on young people’s participation and involvement in the development and delivery of mental health services against core principles of mental health care of young people (age 14-25 years).
  3. Identify examples of best practice in involving young people in the development and delivery of mental health services.

Contact

For further information about this review please contact Dr Maria Michail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)