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New opportunity: Enhance the CAMHS Referrals Process (En-CAMHS)

This research project addresses challenges with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) referral pathway.

Around a quarter of children and young people who are referred to the service ultimately are not offered treatment through CAMHS. This is distressing for children and their families.

The EnCAMHS project aims to understand what the difficulties are in making referrals to CAMHS services. The researchers want to improve the quality of referrals to CAMHS so that only children and young people who can be helped by CAMHS are referred; and so that others can be guided to receive help they need from other services.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: Young people will be paid £50.00 for sharing their experience of the CAMHS referral process in one of the focus groups.

Deadline: The focus groups will be held on Thursdays and Fridays from the end of January until the end of March, therefore the deadline to apply is by 5:00pm on Thursday 23rd March 2022.


Join an Advisory Group to Co-produce a Psychosocial Intervention for Young People

TW: Self-Harm

Researchers from Keele University are looking for two young people aged 16-25 years old with lived experience of self-harm to join their existing COPING study public patient involvement (PPI) advisory group. 
This is a study which aims to co-produce with young people with lived experience of self-harm and GPs, a GP-led intervention to reduce self-harm in young people aged 16-25 years.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: You will be paid £75 for each meeting you attend – around one and a half hours long – and for your input between meetings.

Deadline: 9am 1st February 2022


Get involved to help researchers understand the effects of the online world on young people 

TW: Self-Harm

Researchers from Bristol University are conducting a study to understand more about how and why people use the online world in relation to self-harm or suicide-related feelings. The aim of the project is to inform ongoing work by Samaritans on the effects of online suicide and self-ham content.

The researchers would like to include young people, aged 16+, in the study for 6 months. All communication and interviews will take place online.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: You will receive a total of £75 in vouchers for completing the study – payments will be made periodically during the study.

Deadline: No current deadline – the team will close applications when recruitment target is reached, most likely by End of February.


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