Past project


Improving services available to children and young people

Project Overview

The Blueprint project explored ways to make services for children and young people experiencing common mental health issues in England and Wales more accessible and effective.

These are commonly occurring issues that generally do not require admission to hospital and include topics such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It was 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.

Project details

It is vital that services available to children and young people with common mental health problems are made as accessible and effective as possible.

This project intends to maximise these two things by developing a model which maps out how services are currently running across England and Wales.

Our young people’s lead and a young people’s network member had a position on the project steering group, which oversaw the study’s progress and helped make important decisions.

We also employed six young co-researchers who supported data collection, analysis and dissemination.

The co-researchers assisted in the earlier stages of the data analysis and have written a reflective piece to be included in the final paper, on which they were co-authors.

For more information about public involvement within this project, please email [email protected].

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We are always excited to hear from others who want to collaborate on mental health research. From delivering peer research to helping you with public involvement strategies and providing training, get in touch to chat.