Children and Young People’s Mental Health Week 8-14 February

By Liverpool YPAG,

Children and young people’s mental health research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) are pleased to be supporting Children’s Mental Health Week (8–14 February)

Hosted by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, the theme of the week this year is ‘building resilience’ and teaching children to ‘bounce forward’ from life’s challenges.

  • One in ten young people will experience a mental health problem.
  • Research can help us to understand the best ways to treat and prevent mental ill health and to preserve and promote good mental health.

In support of Children’s Mental Health Week NIHR CRN have launched a webpage dedicated to children and young people talking about mental health research:

The new resource talks about NHS research and how children and young people can get involved; it is through their personal experience we can make a difference.

Features include:

  • The PRODIGY study
 Joint Chief Investigator, Professor Paul French, tells us about a research study currently looking at the prevention of long term social disability in young people with emerging psychological difficulties.
Rory Byrne shares his personal research journey. Once a research participant in a mental health study, Rory now leads the PRODIGY Advisory Team, a group of young people who have helped to shape the PRODIGY study.
  • Youth Speak 
A group of young people aged between 14 – 24 years who use their personal experience to help researchers shape mental health research.
  • National Young Person’s Mental Health Advisory Group established in January 2014 by the Clinical Research Network: Mental Health. The Group is made up of fourteen 16-24 year olds, all with experience of mental health issues or having supported someone who has. Members come from across England and have a wide range of experiences and interests. Meetings are held once every six weeks in London.

For more information and resources for parents, schools, youth clubs and teachers visit:

Lets talk about #NHSResearch