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What is the Young People’s Network?

It is a network of young people (aged 13-24) interested in research and young people’s mental health. By joining, you can be kept up-to-date with the latest opportunities to be involved in mental health research- as well as the latest news on young people and mental health. You’ll be the first to hear about opportunities for young people at The McPin Foundation.

Too often mental health research about young people is carried out by researchers alone, without the input of young people themselves. This can lead to a mismatch in the information that is needed to improve young people’s mental health, and what researchers may think would be helpful. That’s why we want to change this: It’s important to involve young people, so that they can make sure that research reflects what they think matters.


Why join the Young People’s Network?
  • You will get to learn more about mental health and research.
  • You could learn useful skills that could be used to boost your CV for employment and education opportunities.
  • You may get the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded people.
  • You may gain an opportunity to work with and learn from researchers and academics in mental health research and gain valuable knowledge and skills.
  • Some of the opportunities that we tell you about may offer payment  (please check individual involvement opportunities for details.)
  • Your involvement could really make a difference in how we understand young people’s mental health. This is especially important at a time when young people’s mental health services are in desperate need of change!


How do I sign up?

To get updates from the Young People’s Network straight to your inbox, sign up here. You can unsubscribe at any time and it’s free! 

You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


What can I expect?

You will be kept up-to-date via email on the following:

  • You will receive our newsletter, posted every 3-4 months, updating you on the latest opportunities in children and young people’s mental health.
  • Updates on children and young people’s mental health within the news.
  • Updates about any projects involving children and young people at the McPin Foundation. 
  • Opportunities to get involved in research outside the McPin Foundation.
  • The opportunity to submit blogs and other pieces to express your own experiences.
  • The opportunity to submit pieces and opportunities that you think the rest of the young people’s network will be interested in, to be included in future updates.

If you sign up to the network there is no obligation to take part in any of the opportunities we let you know about. You can see if the study sounds interesting to you and decide whether or not you’d like to take part; you can of course always ask for more information first.

Even when you start an involvement opportunity, though researchers will most likely want to keep you on as an advisor throughout a study, there is no obligation for you to carry on beyond a point you are comfortable with, for whatever reason. Many involvement opportunities will provide support and this is something you can ask about when you start the process of advising on a research project.

Learn more about the benefits of being involved in research.


Examples of young people guiding and advising on research

You can read about the Right People, Right Questions project, which saw young people advise on developing the top ten questions on young people’s mental health to be answered by research. The final top ten questions will be released in November 2018.



Young People’s Advisory Group

We also run a Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG). A group of ten young people, aged 13-24, who meet to discuss and advise on a range of mental health projects. They also provide feedback on research documents, such as consent forms, study protocols and questionnaires.

Our YPAG’s current selected areas of interest are:

  • The Right People Right Questions Project
  • Suicide research
  • Mental health services for young people
  • Government spending on mental health compared to physical health
  • How parenting and older people influence young people’s mental health

We are currently recruiting for our Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG)! If you would like to find out more, please visit our vacancies page.


Information for researchers looking to involve Young People in their work

Are you interested in involving young people in your research? You can send us some information about the opportunity and then we can send it out to our Young People’s Network to help you recruit. Or, if it fits with their current topics of chosen interest, we can invite you along to one of our YPAG meetings. For more information, please contact Rachel Temple:

Who runs the network?

The network is facilitated by staff at the McPin Foundation, some of whom are young people with lived experience themselves. It is also guided by our Young Persons Advisory Group.


More information

If you would like more information on the Young People’s Network and involvement in research, please contact Rachel Temple:


Sources of Support

If you would like mental health support, please access our Support Page.


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