The Big Emerging Minds Summit

Workshop: Young people as peer researchers in mental health research

Led by: Nicola Cogan, Molly Murray, and Tom Sharpe from the Young People and Self-Stigma Special Interest Research Group 

This workshop sought to raise awareness of best practice for engaging young people with lived experiences as co-partners in the mental health research process. Delegates learnt about participatory research methods and transferable insights that can be applied across a range of contexts.

Three key messages:
  1. The aim of this workshop was to raise awareness of ‘best practice’ for engaging young people with lived experience as co-partners in the research process in mental health research.   
  2. It is important to consider the use of participatory research methods involving young people as peer researchers in mental health research.   
  3. The idea of ‘safe’ practice should also be considered, thinking of the role of self-stigma and how best to work with it.
Audience looking at powerpoint presentation

This workshop was connected to our Voices, Power & Attitudes research challenge: How can we amplify young people’s voices and change societal attitudes in ways that positively impact on mental health? 

Further Resources

Check out these pictures from the day!

Photos from Oxford Atelier

Workshop Live Tweets

You can read a great thread below from @MariaLoades who live-tweeted the workshop.

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