Right People, Right Questions


Right People, Right Questions


The Right People, Right Questions project is looking for your unanswered questions on young people’s mental health that can be answered by research. We want to hear from 11 – 25 year olds with experience of mental health issues, their parents or carers, if you work with young people, or if you have another interest in the mental health of young people.


Have you ever had a question related to young people’s (aged 11 – 25) mental health that can be answered by research?


Then please complete our survey online: or you can download a printable copy here


The Right People, Right Questions project is looking for your unanswered questions on young people’s mental health which can be answered by research. We’re interested in all aspects of young people’s mental health. Some of the things you can think about are:

  • Raising awareness of emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • Preventing the development of mental health problems
  • Causes of mental ill health and improving diagnosis
  • Improving treatments, care, and other types of support

Whatever it is, it is important and has the potential to shape the future of research into young people’s mental health.



Need more help?
You might want to look at the top 10 questions produced from other similar projects:


Thought of a question?
Let us know in our online survey.

Remember, we’re looking for questions which we don’t know the answer to. Questions such as “where are my nearest mental health services”, or “what are the contact details for my hospital” are not as helpful to us, as they can be looked up on the NHS website.

Any personal information you send us will be kept confidential (we will not share it with anyone else).


What will happen after the survey closes?
We will look at all the questions and then ask people to rank which questions are the most important, either through another survey or coming to a meeting. Eventually we will have a ‘top 10’ list of important questions which we want researchers to answer. This list will be shared with researchers and organisations which fund research.

This type of method is known as a ‘Priority Setting Partnership (PSP)’. For full details of the methodology, you can view a flowchart here. The survey represents the ‘Gathering of uncertainties’ stage.


Why are we doing this?
1 in 10 young people have experience of mental health issues. But yet, young people’s mental health is underfunded and under-researched. While it is important that more is spent on research, it is vital that limited resources are directed effectively to the questions that matter most to people.

We want to give young people with experience of mental health issues, carers, parents and professionals who have an interest in young people’s mental health the opportunity to have their questions heard. Eventually, we want researchers to answer your top 10 most important questions on young people’s mental health.

For examples of important research questions which have been funded as a direct result of similar projects (other PSPs), click here.


Other ways to complete the survey

You can download a regular Word document copy of the survey or a large print copy and send it back via email to or you can post it to: The McPin Foundation, 32 – 36 Loman Street, London, SE1 0EH.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to receive a regular paper copy or a large print copy of the survey in the post along with freepost envelopes, please provide your name and address to If you would like to receive more than one copy of the survey to distribute to others, please let us know how many copies of the survey you would like and we will send them to you.


Who is involved in this project?

This partnership project will bring together young people, carers, parents, and professionals who have an interest in young people’s mental health. We also work with a Young People’s Advisory Group who, in collaboration with the steering group, meet regularly to discuss and make decisions about the project.

We are working with a wide range of Project Partners who will help spread the word about the project, helping us give more people a chance to share any unanswered questions about young people’s mental health.

‘Right People, Right Questions’ is a James Lind Alliance project, led by the McPin Foundation. This project is supported and co-funded by the McPin Foundation, MQ, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, The Matthew Elvidge Trust, and Mental Health Research UK. We are also supported by Minervation, Cochrane, University of Manchester, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Lambeth Academy, and the British Association of Social Workers.












Printable version of the survey

Large print version of the survey


Terms of reference





If you need any more help, contact Lauren Evans, Project co-ordinator (E: T: 020 79227877). If you wish to sign up to receive updates on the project, please email