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Young adult mental health experiences

This is a 12-month peer-led research project exploring young adult experiences of mental health provision under the community mental health transformation programme using qualitative research methods.

Project overview

The aim of the study is to understand the experiences of young adults accessing one part of the service system known as GPimhs. This is a GP integrated mental health service.  

There is a two-stage study design:  

1) Interviews, conducted by a peer researcher, to explore young adult service users’, staff and commissioner’s views and experiences of care that will feed into the ongoing transformation of services  

 2) Event with stakeholders to explore and develop solutions to challenges raised in first stage, using experience-based, co-design approach

 This study will focus on young adults (18-25 years): 

  • transitioning from children and young people’s mental health services
  • with continuing needs who require care, but do not meet traditional criteria for adult mental health services
  • presenting to adult mental health services for the first time
  • high risk groups (young people not in employment, education or training, and care leavers).

This project is funded by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex. It is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Surrey, practitioners in Surrey & Boarders Partnership NHS Trust and the McPin Foundation.  

Project details

Understanding the mental health needs of young adults and experiences with seeking help and the support provided by services is vital for improving mental healthcare.

This project looks at one part of a wider system of support for young adults experiencing mental health issues in two areas of Surrey.

Recommendations will feed directly into a quality improvement change programme.  

We are supporting the young adult peer researcher on the study. This includes mentoring and we are part of the project management group.  

Please get in touch on [email protected] for more information.

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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.