What we do

We are a research network that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people.

We are working across sectors and disciplines to tackle 4 research challenges. Our research challenges have been developed in partnership with young people, their families, practitioners and policy makers. 

1. The big question

How do we implement effective promotion of good mental health, prevention and early treatment for mental health problems at scale amongst children and young people?

2. Embracing complexity

How can we best meet the needs of children and young people who have intersecting needs and face complex situations

3. Voices, power and attitudes

How can we amplify young people's voices and change societal attitudes in ways that positively impact on mental health?

4. Supporting the supporters

How can family members, friends and settings, such as schools, be better enabled to promote good mental health and prevent and overcome emerging mental health problems?

Our focus

  • Prevention

Preventing the onset of a diagnosable mental health condition, detecting signs of mental ill health early and preventing the escalation of need (from the World Health Organisation).

  • Mental health promotion

Increasing understanding and management of emotional and mental distress through programmes to change behaviours and attitudes (from the World Health Organisation).

  • Early treatment

Effective, early treatment and help for mental ill health: Accessible when children and young people need it.

We are determined to ensure that our work benefits children and young people with unmet needs.