Supporting the Supporters

Supporting the Supporters

Supporting the Supporters is one of the 4 research challenges that emerged from our priority setting work in 2019Below you can find more detail about what research challenge sought to address, and examples of projects Emerging Minds has supported to achieve this.

How can young people be better enabled to help each other promote good mental health and prevent and overcome emerging mental health problems?

How can family members be supported to help promote children’s good mental health and overcome emerging mental health problems.

How can settings and activities where young people do or could have regular interactions with adults (e.g.: football club, GP surgery, school) support mental health promotion, prevention and early treatment?

Artwork credit: Tom Bailey

Supporting the Supporters

Projects seeking to address this research challenge include:

Developing web-based support for parents of children who self-harm

Research project led by Dr Faith Martin, Coventry University

Developing social prescribing to improve mental health and wellbeing for children and young people

Research project led by Dr Emily Stapley, University College London and Dr Daniel Hayes, Anna Freud Centre

Understanding online help seeking of young people via the Childline moderated online peer-peer message boards

Cross-sector placement hosted by the NSPCC and led by Vanessa Bennett, University of Oxford

Supporting working parents caring for adolescents with mental health difficulties

Research project led by Dr Jackie Parsonage-Harrison, Oxford Brookes University and Dr Faith Martin, Coventry University

You can find out more about our other research challenges and projects we have supported in relation to them via our research challenges page.

We have compiled a dedicated report (May 2023) on how we drew together our research challenges, the progress made towards them, and our perspective on what remains to be done. We would love you to take a look!