Current opportunities for young people

Participation opportunity: test out an app for anxiety

stem4 is a mental health charity that supports children and young people’s mental health. They would like to know how well a new app called Clear Fear works. It’s been created for children and young people who experience mild to moderate anxiety. The team are looking for young people with experience of anxiety to try out the app over an 8-week period and give some feedback on using it. Clear Fear is compatible with iOS 10.0 or later and Android devices running Android 5.0 and up.

To find out more and to apply, click here

Payment: As a thank you, you will receive a £20 Amazon voucher once you complete the study.

Deadline: 15th December 2021

Participate in research about developing a mobile app

The aim of the ECoWeB project is to develop a mobile app called MyMoodCoach to help young people improve their understanding of how emotions work. The app focuses on boosting the skills of recognising, understanding, and managing emotions in young people aged 16-22. Researchers at the University of Oxford are interviewing young people to better understand their experiences of using the app. This will help us identify ways to improve the way the app is accessed and used and may mean that it is accessible to a greater number of young people in the future. 

More information, including how to participate, can be found here.

Payment: It is possible to earn up to £50 for taking part in this research. For using certain features in the app, it is possible to earn badges. For each badge earned (up to a maximum of three) you will be sent a £10 Love to Shop voucher by email. As a thank you for the time you spare for the interview, you will be sent an additional £20 Love to Shop voucher.

Deadline: 30th September 2021

Participate in research exploring the impact of Covid-19 on mental health services

The purpose of this research is to gain an understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted mental health services across the UK. The research aims to identify ways in which mental health services have adapted to the change in conditions caused by the pandemic and whether these changes have influenced the effectiveness and accessibility of services for their patients.

Opportunities here include completing a questionnaire and participating in a zoom interview. For more info on this study and to find out how to apply, click here.


  • If you take part in the questionnaire you will receive a £5 ‘Love2shop’ E-voucher, which can be used at many popular shops
  • An additional £15 ‘Love2shop’ E-voucher for those that also participate in the Zoom interview

Deadline to apply: The questionnaire will be available for you to fill in online until Friday 30th July 2021. Interviews will also be taking place up until Friday 30th July 2021.

Participants Needed for Research Study: Assessing Loneliness Interventions for Young People

The aim of this research study is to explore young people’s opinions on interventions which are designed to help reduce loneliness in their age group. Many different interventions have been identified that aim to improve feelings of loneliness in various ways. An important way to evaluate these approaches is to ask the people they were designed for what they think of them – i.e. young people themselves!

This study is looking for young people to participate in focus groups and one-on-one interviews, to explore their opinions on strategies to help reduce loneliness. If you are aged 16-24, living in the UK, and have experienced loneliness, you are eligible to take part.

For more info, click here!

Payment: Everyone who participates will be offered a £15 LoveToShop e-voucher.

Deadline to apply: 5pm on 16th July 2021.

Complete a survey  to guide research and improve how depression is treated in young people.

The ADvaNCE network is working to help reduce depression in young people. They are a group of researchers, clinicians and charity partners.
They have created a survey to guide research and improve how depression is treated in young people.

This survey aims to find out…

  • The best ways to identify depression in young people;
  • The best early interventions/therapies for young people and;
  • How we can help empower young people to make decisions about their treatment options.

This is a survey for young people aged 16-24. 

In the survey, some questions will ask you to select ratings that best fit your view and some questions will ask you to write your thoughts down. The survey is anonymous. This means that no one will know the answers you have given have come from you, including the researchers. They will use the anonymous data from the survey in presentations and/or publications, including the use of quotes. 
To complete the survey, you will need a device such as a laptop, tablet or phone with internet connection. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

For each completed survey, University of Sussex will donate £2 to a charity that supports young people. Once you have completed the survey, you will be asked to choose one of three charities which they will donate to on your behalf. 

For more information, click here.

Interested in taking part?

To complete the survey, follow this link:
 If you are interested in hearing more about the ADvaNCE network, please email or you can follow the ADvaNCE network on twitter: @advance_ntwk.

Deadline to apply:  The final deadline for survey entries is 1st September 2021. Although, they would appreciate your input into the survey as soon as possible!


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