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Blueprint: Improving services available to children and young people

What is this study?

The Blueprint project is exploring services available to children and young people in England and Wales who are experiencing common mental health problems. These are commonly occurring problems that generally do not require admission to hospital and include problems such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and run jointly by University of Manchester, Cardiff University and Great Manchester Mental Health NHS trust. The aim of the study is to identify ways to make these services more accessible and effective for those who wish to access them.

Why is this research important?

It is vital that services available to children and young people with common mental health problems are made as accessible and as effective as possible. This piece of research intends to maximise these two things by developing a model which maps out how services are currently running across England and Wales.

How are McPin and people affected by mental health problems involved? 

Our young people’s coordinator and a young people’s network member have a position on the project steering group, which oversees the study’s progress and helps to make important decisions. We will also be employing young co-researchers who will be supporting data collection and analysis.

What is the current status of the project?

We are recruiting young people aged 18-24 with lived experience of common mental health problems as co-researchers on the project. For more information, see below!

Where can I find more information?

We’re currently recruiting for young people co-researchers. For information on this job opportunity, please see our vacancies page.

For more information about the public involvement within this project, you can contact by email: racheltemple@mcpin.org or phone 0207 922 7874.