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Young people's mental health and wellbeing research report

  Created on Monday, 10 Feb 2020. Posted in Literature | Mental Health | Young People

Over the past three years, Healthwatch England has heard from over 20,000 young people about their experiences of mental health support. To gain a deeper understanding of this issues, they brought together 47 young people, aged 16-25, to talk about what affects their mental health, their current experiences of care, and what services can do to better support them. The key findings are below but the full report is online.

What do young people want their mental health support to look like?

  1. Better education and communication, such as mental health awareness days in school and regular mental health check-ups every six months.
  2. More options for treatment and personalised care, such as more flexible appointment times and access to different types of therapies.

  3. Opportunities for peer support with others who have a mental health condition. 

Mental Health of Children and Young People in England

  Created on Monday, 03 Dec 2018. Posted in Mental Health

Major surveys of the mental health of children and young people in England were carried out in 1999, 2004, and 2017. While many surveys use brief tools to screen for nonspecific psychiatric distress or dissatisfaction, this series applied rigorous, detailed and consistent methods to assess for a range of different types of disorder according to International Classification of Disease (ICD-10) diagnostic criteria. All cases were reviewed by clinically-trained raters.

Comparable data is available for 5 to 15 year olds living in England in 1999, 2004, and 2017. The 2017 survey for the first time provides findings on the prevalence of mental disorder in 2 to 4 year olds, and spans the transition into adulthood by covering 17 to 19 year olds.

The latest survey was funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, commissioned by NHS Digital, and carried out by the National Centre for Social Research, the Office for National Statistics and Youthinmind.

UK Biobank expanded to cover mental health with help from NIHR researchers

  Created on Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018. Posted in Mental Health | Toolkit/Database

Mental health information on more than 150,000 people is now available in the UK Biobank for research into mental health disorders, thanks to work supported by the NIHR. Professor Matthew Hotopf, Director of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, who chaired the expert working group that developed the questionnaire, said, “Our study suggests that UK Biobank could be a powerful tool for mental health research, and since it is open to all health researchers for work in the public good, we hope to inspire both existing and new users of UK Biobank.”

New NIHR Themed Review: Forward Thinking

  Created on Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018. Posted in Mental Health

NIHR have published a new Themed Review of NIHR research into support for people with severe mental illness.

Forward Thinking brings together NIHR research on what can be done to identify and manage the needs of people with severe mental illnesses and to avoid potential problems. It features:

  • 30 published studies
  • 19 ongoing research projects
  • Questions to ask about early detection and the best way to treat patients with severe mental illness. 

New mental health research framework announced

  Created on Monday, 11 Dec 2017. Posted in Mental Health

Transforming mental health research over the next ten years to improve the care people receive is the focus of new recommendations published by the Department of Health. The NIHR, alongside Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council, MQ and the Alliance of Mental Health Research have funded the Framework for Mental Health Research, which sets out 10 recommendations to improve the impact of mental health research over the next decade. The framework - developed in collaboration with academics, clinicians, charities and people with mental health problems - has been published in response to a recommendation in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in 2016; representatives of the main funders will meet this month to discuss the recommendations.

Digital Technology for Mental Health: Asking the right questions

  Created on Monday, 11 Dec 2017. Posted in Mental Health

MindTech are inviting the public to pick 10 top questions about using digital technology for mental health. This survey aims to prioritise areas for future research that people with lived experience of mental health problems think are most important. It aims to ensure that researchers and research funders focus on the questions important to service users.

The NIHR mental health Challenge

  Created on Monday, 30 Jan 2017. Posted in Mental Health

The NIHR is taking the opportunity during the opening of the i4i 2017 Challenge Award in mental health to highlight some key NIHR projects that are already leading the way in this field through the use of technology, providing new and innovative treatment options for people affected by mental illness.

  • adding projects to the NIHR campaigns page
  • follow the hashtag #NIHRChallenge

Spotlight on children and young people’s mental health research

  Created on Monday, 15 Feb 2016. Posted in Young People | Mental Health

In support of Children’s Mental Health Week, NIHR have created a resource for children and young people to learn about mental health research and why it’s so important. The new resource talks about NHS research and how children and young people can get involved and how their personal experience makes a difference.

Mental Health Matters

  Created on Tuesday, 13 Oct 2015. Posted in News Items | Mental Health

To support World Mental Health Day the NIHR have created a campaign page which holds a summary of NIHR Mental health research and blogs by leading experts. New blogs will be published each week and the site provides opportunities for the public to post research ideas.