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REACH – Resilience, Ethnicity, Adolescence and Mental Health


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What is it?

REACH is a research programme , funded by the European Union. It is being conducted by researchers from King’s College London, led by Professor Craig Morgan from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN) within the Society and Mental Health research group. It is a five year programme which will look at risk and resilience factors among secondary school aged children in London (aged 11 to 16). The study team will use surveys with young people as well as follow-up interviews with a smaller group of kids to explore emerging themes. The schools participating in the study will all service diverse communities.

 

Why is this research important?

We need to know a lot more about why people develop mental health problems, and the resources in people’s lives that can help and hinder good mental health. Cohort studies like REACH can collect data sets which when combined with other information are extremely helpful in taking our knowledge forward, and helping shape innovations to improve both our responses to distress in the clinic, classroom, household or community centre and preventative strategies.

 

What are we doing?

We supported Professor Craig Morgan and his team, including an advisory group with head teacher and senior school leadership, academic and young people representation, to set the study up. Our main role was engaging with young people and young adults to develop study materials and recruitment processes that will best enable kids to take part. We held a workshop with young people aged 14-16 and have had several meetings with 16-25 year olds to choose a study logo and prepare the research ethics application. Having set up the young people’s group the management of the public involvement has moved into the research team. We are still part of the study steering group.

 

What stage is the study at?

The study started September 2015 and will run for 5 years.

 

Who do I contact for more information?

If you would like information about REACH please do contact Prof Morgan at the IOPPN.

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