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Children, young people and families

Sep
8
2020

Could training young people in peer support empower them during Covid-19?

What impact would training young people to support their peers during the pandemic have on their own wellbeing? Members of McPin's Young People's Network have helped develop a study to find out

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Jul
7
2020

The screen time spider web & why it is so important to understand its impact

In a socially distanced world, screens have become even more central to life. Now, more than ever, we need clear answers about the nuanced ways that screen time affects our mental health

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Jun
25
2020

Screen time, involvement and what it means for young people to be involved in research

Lucy, a member of McPin Foundation's YPAG, reflects on the experience of working on the Screen Time project.

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Oct
10
2019

Myth-busting through art: Designing a mental health audio tour for the National Gallery

Members of McPin’s Young People’s Network have co-created an audio tour that use artworks to dispel common mental health misconceptions. Here, Hannah Roberts, explains why she was keen to get involved

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May
15
2019

Vloggers, K-pop and family dinners – how culture impacts on body image

 

Our guest blogger explores the social and culture factors that influence how young East Asians feel about their bodies

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Dec
17
2018

Why do the Top 10 priorities for young people’s mental health need answering?
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We revealed the Top 10 questions for young people's mental health research at the end of November. Since then, staff and members of our Young People’s Advisory Group have been reflecting on the importance of the questions. Here are a few edited extracts

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Dec
6
2018

Let’s break the taboo and find out what helps young people on waiting lists

There is plenty of research on waiting lists, proving they are long and variable. What has been neglected is how people with mental health difficulties can be supported while they wait. This needs to change, says Thomas Kabir

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Dec
3
2018

Universities need to find ways to prevent students reaching crisis point

Student mental health is in the spotlight and many universities have publicly stated that they are taking it seriously. That isn’t always how it feels on the ground, says Lucy Power, a first-year English Literature student

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Nov
30
2018

Therapy without the therapist: what role should self-help play?

Exercise, meditation and self-help books: A self-directed approach to mental health won’t work for everyone but as Rachel Temple explains, she gained most of her tools from books. She explains why researching which self-management approaches are the most effective is vital

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Nov
28
2018

Why we shouldn’t be scared to talk about how parents impact children’s mental health

The Right People, Right Questions project revealed a lack of research investigating the impact of parental attitudes, parenting styles and family relationships on young people's mental health. McPin's research director and mum of two girls, Vanessa Pinfold, reflects on why this needs to change

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Aug
2
2017

Finding the right people to ask the right questions: new survey on young people’s mental health  
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What do we really know about young people’s mental health? We know it’s a big issue. Around 1 in 10 young people have experienced a mental health difficulty. Around 75% of people with a mental health problem start developing it before the age of 181.

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Nov
18
2016

Mental Health and Bullying – do we need to help teachers help children who are bullied?
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This week (14th-20th of November) is anti-bullying week.  Bullying has an undeniable and immediate impact on young people’s mental health. But we also need to think about how we equip teachers not just to help children who are bullied immediately, but to also reduce the long-term impact on their mental health.

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Jun
30
2016

Pregnancy and medication choices: new research published
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Many women with severe mental illness take psychotropic medication. This can put them in a difficult situation if they become pregnant, or wish to become pregnant, as there are concerns about the possible effects of these medications on unborn children. Until now there has been a lack of evidence about the risks to the unborn child, putting the women and their healthcare professionals in a quandary.

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Dec
10
2015

Children and young people’s mental health – we all have a part to play
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research in news YPIn recent months, the mental health of children and young people has hit the headlines. It is well established that most mental health problems begin during adolescence, with 1 in 10 young people (aged 11-16) thought to experience a diagnosable mental health problem.

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Feb
12
2015

Young People Rethinking Mental Health Conference
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A few of us from McPin attended the Young People ReThinking Mental Health event last week run by the Clinical Research Network: Mental Health. It was a really engaging event showcasing how young people can be involved in mental health research as active advisors and shapers of that research, rather than merely as participants. Read Naomi's blog about the event.

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