Young Adults Peer Research: Identifying the needs of young people when accessing mental health services

What’s the project?

42nd Street is a children’s and young people’s mental health charity working across Greater Manchester. Young adults have been identified by the NHS as a key area of inequality when it comes to access to mental health support. With this in mind, the research team at 42nd Street are currently working on a piece of peer research which aims to look into the needs and experiences of young adults when it comes to accessing support for their mental health.

What does 42nd Street mean when they talk about peer research? Peer research is research that is led by people who have direct experience of the issues being explored. It is about giving young people the power to take the lead in designing and carrying out research. It is a collaborative process which aims to put young people’s voices at the centre and discover interesting new things about people and their experiences.

From this process, the team want to achieve a report and recommendations outlining how NHS services can best meet the needs of young adults. The team also want to co-develop a workshop and training offer for areas across Greater Manchester to show how these recommendations can be implemented. The 42nd Street team will also keep young adults who participate in the project updated and highlight the impact that their input has had.
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42nd Street are asking young people to take part in a one-off interview or focus group to answer a series of questions related to your experiences of dealing with mental health and wellbeing issues and accessing support. It will also be a chance for young people to share their ideas about what services need to consider to better meet the needs of young people.

  • Must be aged between 16 and 25
  • Living or working in an area of Greater Manchester
  • Have experience of dealing with mental health and well being issues (diagnosis not required)

Young people involved in the project will receive a ‘thank you’ gift voucher worth £25 and have any travel expenses covered.

Young people will also receive support to ensure they are able to access the project and have the opportunity to have their voice heard as part of an ongoing process to ensure mental health services better meet the needs of young people.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email [email protected] with brief answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your name?
  2. How old are you?
  3. Are you based in Greater Manchester?
  4. Sometimes after talking about topics like mental health, people feel they need a little extra support or someone to chat to. What support do you currently have in place (e.g. supportive friends, family, health professionals or mental health charities)? Is there anything that [insert name of organisation here] could do to support you or make your involvement experience better?
  5. How did you hear about this opportunity?

If you need any help completing your expression of interest, you can get in touch with the project lead Niamh Carroll at [email protected]

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42nd Street are involving young people in this project right the way across summer and so the deadline to register your interest will be the 14th of August 2023 to ensure we have enough time to book you in.

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