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Opportunity to take part in research study investigating digital interventions for emotional regulation with Purrble, for ethnic minority youth

Purrble is a small socially assistive robot that has previously been used for university students to help with anxiety and supporting emotional regulation practice during daily life.

Researcher’s from King’s would like to investigate and understand if these or similar benefits could be applied for ethnic minority youth. They are looking for 20 young people, aged 16-25 to share what they think of Purrble (if/how they used it, how helpful they found it to be, positives and negatives). This is to develop bespoke, specialised interventions for young people who are part of a minority group. to reduce their risk of self-harm.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: All participants receive a Purrble as part of the study, the retail value of which is £55!

Deadline: Wednesday 30th November, 9:00am

Join the Your Choice Young Person’s Advisory Group

The Anna Freud Centre is working with the Institute for Fiscal Studies to evaluate the impact of Your Choice on young people. The team are looking for young people to join their Young People’s Advisory Group to guide them throughout the study. Your Choice is a new way of supporting young people who work with a youth worker to keep them safe and healthy.

The team are looking for 8-10 young people, aged 11-24, who have experience working with a youth worker to form a Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG) for this project.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: £75 per meeting in the form of online vouchers

Deadline: Friday 16th September, 5:00pm


Opportunity to shape a research project about young people’s experience with the Mental Health Act and how its used

A researcher from UCL, as part of a PhD project is looking to investigate how the Mental Health Act is used towards young people. They would like to better understand the experiences of young people who have been hospitalised and detained under the Mental Heath Act which they hope will be able to reduce the amount it is used on young people and how it’s use can be improved, for those who can not avoid that as an option.

They are looking for 12-20 young people between the age 16-25 to talk about their experiences with the Mental Health Act in interviews with the researcher.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: £20 paid in online vouchers

Deadline: Friday 30th September 2022, 12.00 pm


Opportunity to shape a research project about young people with experience of psychosis and their chance of developing physical health problems

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have recently developed a computer-based tool that can predict which young people with experience of psychosis have the highest chance of developing physical health problems in the future. It is called the Psychosis Metabolic Risk Calculator (PsyMetRiC). They now plan to apply for further funding to help answer the next big questions on the journey towards PsyMetRic being used in everyday life.

They are looking for 5 young people with relevant lived experience to attend a 2 hr meeting to advise on the project design and plans, then review an updated research proposal to provide any final feedback.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: £50 for attending the 2 hr meeting, then £20 per hour of work reviewing the research proposal.

Deadline: *Extended to Monday 3rd October, 9.00 am*


Advise on a Study About Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attachment Difficulties and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Researchers from Kings College London are planning a new study that asks clinicians about how they diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD), complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) and attachment difficulties in young people. 

They are looking for 4 young people to help advise on the shape and design of the study and the ultimate recommendations we make, by providing insights from their lived experiences.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Payment: £15 per hour paid in shopping e-vouchers

Deadline: 15th September 2022 


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