We’re delighted to share some information about the brilliant projects that we’ve been able to fund via our four funding calls, and what they have achieved so far.
First Funding Call
Our first funding call closed in February 2020 and we awarded funding to six successful projects. We invited proposals for projects to address three of our research challenges:
- Embracing Complexity: How can we best meet the needs of children and young people who have intersecting needs and face complex situations?
- Voices, Power & Attitudes: How can we amplify young people’s voices and change societal attitudes in ways that positively impact on mental health?
- 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?
Second Funding Call
Our second funding call closed for applications in June 2021 and we awarded funding to three successful projects. We focused specifically on our Voices, Power & Attitudes research challenge, as we did not fund any projects that addressed this challenge in our first funding call. We focused on the following questions:
- What is the impact of racism on the mental health of children & young people in the UK?
- What interventions will be effective in addressing racism in ways that will benefit children and young people’s mental health?
Dr Shioma-Lei Craythorne, Lead Researcher and Research Fellow, Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment, Aston University
Third Funding Call
Our third funding call closed for applications in December 2021 and we awarded funding to three successful projects. We focused specifically on our Big Question Research Challenge and asked applicants to address:
- Why even when we know ‘what works’ isn’t this necessarily implemented in policy and practice?
- How do we improve evidence-based decision making? E.g.: How can we successfully inform commissioning decisions and policy making and how can we ultimately increase implementation of research into practice?
The implementation of evidence-based practice in Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYMHS) across the UK: what can we learn from the Child Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) workforce?
Dr Jonathan Parker, University of Exeter & CEDAR
Fourth Funding Call
In summer 2022 we held a final funding call aimed at those who have been supported by the Network over the last four years. Applicants could apply for up to £3,000 to move their research forward.
We were thrilled to offer funding to five new projects, all led by members of our first GROW early career researcher development programme. We will be adding information about their projects below as we have it.
Study: Exploring the evidence of associations between physiological and psychological stress in the context of youth mental health
Dr Ola Demkowicz, University of Manchester and Dr Hannah Jones, University of Bristol
We were also able to offer additional funding to five grant recipients and Special Interest Research Groups whose projects we have been supporting over the last few years including:
- The Transmission of experiences of Racism, Anxiety and DEpression in families (TRADE) project: to host two interdisciplinary workshops with key stakeholders, and disseminate findings (Dr Yasmin Ahmadzadeh, KCL)
- The Self-Stigma SIRG: to continue their co-production research capturing young 󠄀people’s understandings and experiences of mental health self-stigma and help seeking behaviour (Dr Nicola Cogan, University of Strathclyde)
- The Bridging the Gap project: to convene a writing retreat to develop research questions on implementing evidence-based practice, prepare academic papers and grant applications, and coordinate a toolkit for commissioners (Dr Holly Bear, University of Oxford)
- The Multisensory Hallucinations SIRG: to carry out an iterative co-design pilot trial for a new app to improve quality of life for young voice-hearers (Dr Sarah Parry, Manchester Metropolitan University)
- The Improving wellbeing and mental health relating to racism in 10-11 year olds: a Bristol case study project: to develop a website to disseminate findings, convene a writing retreat to develop a large-scale bid, and launch the new book If Racism Vanished for a Day (Dr Verity Jones, University of the West of England)