The Big Emerging Minds Summit

Workshop: Let’s make it happen: early help for adolescent depression

Led by: Maria Loades, Georgia Herring, and Amelia Talbot from the Adolescent Depression – Network to Consolidate Expertise (ADvaNCE) Special Interest Research Group

In this workshop we discussed how proposed solutions from ADvaNCE network workshops could be realised in practice. After summarising our work to date, we worked with attendees to generate enthusiasm in this research area and pragmatic real-world solutions.

Three key messages:
  1. Not one size fits all – we need different options of how and where to seek help and what is offered for young people with depression  
  2. Good quality, evidence-based help needs to be available wherever young people experiencing depression ask for it 
  3. We need to work together with young people to ensure that help for depression is relevant, accessible and engaging to them 
Amelia writing on a flipchart

This workshop was connected to our Big Question research challenge: 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? 

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