REACH – Resilience, Ethnicity, Adolescence and Mental Health

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What is it?

REACH is a research programme funded by the European Union, 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 are supporting 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. We will be working with parents and the local community to engage them also, and together with young people increase mental health awareness as well as deliver REACH across south London.


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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