Young People 13-28

Young People's online workshops to shape a digital platform for depression and mood disorders

Depression • Digital mental health • Young people

What’s the project?

Depression is becoming increasingly common in children and young people. The treatments prescribed by doctors (such as antidepressants) don’t improve things for everyone. This is known as difficult to treat depression.

To improve how we treat depression, the research team in Birmingham are building a new digital research platform. This platform will make it easier for new, larger research projects to explore different treatments and therapies for difficult to treat depression, and other mood disorders (such as bipolar).

As part of the platform, an app would be created, which could be used by people experiencing depression. People would be able to log their experiences and history of depression directly into the app. This would then be used to help identify therapies and treatments that might be best suited to the person, based on their prior history of depression and other conditions.

This project is part of the Midlands Mental Health Mission, a multimillion pound venture funded by the government, to speed up development of treatments for mental ill health.

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The team are looking for 6-8 young people with lived experience of depression and/or mood disorders to help develop the platform.

For example, deciding what information the app should contain about the person, making it user-friendly for the young person, and what challenges there might be with the platform.

This will involve attending 6-8 two hour sessions over zoom during early summer to discuss the platform with the research team.

The first session will take place early evening on Monday, 17th June (timings to be confirmed).

The meetings will be facilitated by Carla Searle from the Midlands Mental Health mission, and supported by the McPin Foundation team.

Key members of the research team will also attend the meetings to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you may have.

Additionally, there may be future opportunities to be involved in the mental health mission – read more about the mission here.

To take part in the opportunity, you will need to:

  • Be based in the UK
  • Be aged between 16 and 25
  • Have lived experience of depression and mood disorders, or looking after someone with these conditions. Lived experience of difficult to treat depression is not essential but useful.
  • Proof of identification of age – this will be requested during a 1:1 video call
  • Have access to a laptop/mobile device, a working camera and internet (meetings will take place online)
  • Some availability over the early summer period to attend most/all of the evening workshops – to be discussed further in a 1:1 call
  • Parental/guardian consent to be in the workshops for anyone under 18 years old
  • Details of an emergency contact information of a trusted adult (aged 18+) from all group members. These details would be requested if you are selected for the opportunity. Note that we would only ever contact them if we were very worried about your safety and would always do our best to seek your permission to do so.

We are particularly interested in hearing from young people based in the midlands.

  • Payment of £25 per hour
  • £5 broadband cover for the 2 hour sessions
  • Main contact support from Carla, who will meet with you individually to identify any access or support needs you may have

If you are interested in being part of this project please email Carla [email protected] with answers to the questions below.

You are welcome to send your responses in audio or video format if preferred! If you need any help completing your expression of interest, you can get in touch with Carla on the email above.

  1. What is your name?
  2. What is your date of birth?
  3. Where in the UK are you based?
  4. Why are you interested in this specific opportunity?
  5. Please give some details of any relevant experience of depression and/or mood disorders, or of supporting someone with these conditions:
  6. Please share any other skills/experience that you think would be relevant for this opportunity:
  7. 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?
  8. How did you hear about this opportunity?

Monday, 3rd June, 9am

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