CoRAY Evidence-Informed Briefings

CoRAY: Feeling bored, flat & unmotivated; Managing change & uncertainty; Feeling lonely, isolated & disconnected; Encouraging young people to seek help & support for their mental health

CoRAY Evidence-Based Briefings

The CoRAY project launched in late 2020 to understand how young people’s mental health had been affected by the pandemic, and to support young people themselves to develop and share resources that would be helpful in response. 

Four key priority areas emerged out of the original evidence synthesis and workshops around: 

     1) managing change & uncertainty
     2) feeling bored, flat & unmotivated
     3) feeling lonely, isolated & disconnected
     4) encouraging young people to seek help if they are struggling with their mental health.

In July 2021 the CoRay team had the opportunity to check-in with young people and review the latest evidence, and identified a fifth priority:

     5) the need to support young people feeling anxious about social situations.

In collaboration with research and clinical experts, the CoRay team have produced briefings which provide evidence-informed guidance on how to support young people with these five key issues, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

You can download and read the full briefings below. They are also available in summary form to use with young people.

We are very grateful to the Medical Research Council and the Westminster Foundation for supporting this work.

Briefings available for download (PDF)

Kindly supported by

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This programme is being funded by the government’s Strategic Priorities Fund and delivered by the Medical Research Council with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council as part of UK Research and Innovation.