Keep Cool: Rapid knowledge mobilisation to promote adolescent mental health during Covid-19

What is the project about?

For many young people, Covid-19 has had a negative effect on mental health. Many young people report high rates of anxiety or low mood – even higher than before Covid-19 according to some studies. There is lots of information about effective ways to cope with these emotions, and we want to make sure that as many young people as possible receive this information. To engage young people, we want to ensure that this information in delivered in an interesting, accurate, and accessible way.

This project is doing three things:

1. Reflecting on the research about young people’s mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic and what advice there is for people with increased mental health difficulties right now

2. Discussing with young people which topics they need to know more about. This will include working out what is relevant for young people to know to be able to help themselves

3. Working with young people to co-produce animation and video resources that disseminate accurate information about young people’s mental health in the most engaging way possible

Why is this research important?

It is vital that young people have access to good quality information that is relevant to their own mental health and wellbeing, especially at a time of increased mental health difficulties for many young people.

Young people need to have a voice in how this project is done so that the outcomes are as relevant and useful as possible for the target audience – young people! Young people will be involved in key decisions throughout the project and will interact with researchers, clinicians, and creative partners.

How are McPin and people with lived experience involved in this research?

Young people, aged 14-25, will be actively involved in designing the video content for this project. They will team up with McPin staff, researchers, and creative professionals to do this.

McPin will be involved in…

  • Discussing and prioritising what information needs to be created
  • Conducting workshops with young people about the content
  • Conducting workshops with young people about how to effectively disseminate the resources to other young people

What’s the current status of the project?

We have finished recruiting young people to work with us on this project. We are now holding workshops with young people, to discuss the types of resources they would like to be created for this project. We plan to have six workshops in total, before May 2021

We will then run workshops about how best to share the resources in 2021

Where can I find more information?

For more information about the involvement work that McPin are doing, please contact Rachel Temple (