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  • Whole-family programmes for families living with parental mental illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    We searched for studies investigating whole-family-interventions for families living with parental mental illness. We identified what these interventions have in common, their effectiveness and how families' experienced them.

    Authors: Moltrecht, B, Lange, A.M.C., Merrick, H. , Radley, J.

  • So Young, So Sad, So Listen. A parents’ guide to depression in children and young people

    This book, written by two experts in child and adolescent mental health, describes how to recognise depression and what causes it; and provides guidance on how parents can support their child, including up-to-date advice on seeking professional help.

    Authors: Graham, P., Midgley, N.

  • Defining young people’s mental health self-care: a systematic review and co-development approach

    This study combines perspectives from the academic literature and young people to co-develop a definition of young people's mental health self-care. A systematic review identified how self-care had been conceptualised in existing research, and these concepts were evaluated and extended in a workshop with young people to produce the final definition.

    Authors: Truscott, A, Hayes, D., Bardsley, T., Choksi, D., Edbrooke-Childs, J.

  • A community‑based approach to identifying and prioritising young people’s mental health needs in their local communities

    We consulted with over 290 young people and professionals in Northern Devon to identify locally relevant priorities for supporting young people's mental health. Three priorities' were identified: 1) identity and belonging; 2) mental health awareness and literacy; and 3) diverse opportunities for education, employment, and leisure. This work is being used to develop community-based support for young people in Northern Devon.

    Authors: Santana de Lima, E., Preece, C., Potter, K., Goddard, E., Edbrooke-Childs, J., Hobbs, T., Fonagy, P.

  • An App to Support Fathers’ Mental Health and Well-Being: User-Centered Development Study

    There is a lack of services designed specifically for fathers to support them with parenting, mental health and wellbeing. This paper gives an overview of the co-design process for a universal digital intervention for fathers (fatherli) and the outline of the overall theory of how it might work to create positive changes, which is called a logic model. Authors: Liverpool, S., Eisenstadt, M., Mulligan Smith, A., Kozhevnikova, S.

  • International youth mental health case study of peer researchers’ experiences

    This is a case study paper, led by peer researchers with lived experience of mental health difficulties. It highlights the barriers and enablers of involving different levels of peer researchers and participants from eight countries. This comes from our Wellcome funded 'Active Ingredients' project. Authors: Spuerck, I., Stankovic, M., Fatima, S. Z., Yilmas, E., Morgan, N., Jacob, J., Edbrooke-Childs & Vostanis, P.

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  • Wellbeing while waiting evaluating social prescribing in CAMHS: study protocol for a hybrid type II implementation-effectiveness study

    Social prescribing is a mechanism of connecting patients with non-medical forms of support within the community and has been shown to improve mental health and wellbeing in adult populations. In the last few years, it has been used in child and youth settings with promising results. Currently, pathways are being developed for social prescribing in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to support children and young people on treatment waiting lists. The Wellbeing While Waiting study will evaluate whether social prescribing benefits the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Authors: Fancourt, D., Burton. A, Bu. F, Deighton. J, Turner. R, Wright. J, Bradbury. A, Tibber. M, Talwar. S, & Hayes. D.

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  • Enhancing mental health and well-being outcomes for psychotherapy and counselling through idiographic analysis: A four-quadrant approach

    The analysis of personalised measures, such as goals, can be explored in a number of ways to meet the needs of exploring outcomes in the room with the client on a one-to-one level, but also any requirements of aggregating the scores up to explore service evaluation. We came up with four quadrants of analysis to illustrate the main ways we suggest the data can be considered. We used goal based outcomes as our worked example. The four quadrants are: 1. Individual goal progress on single goals 2. Individual goal progress by aggregated goals 3. Team/service level progress by goal theme 4. Team/service level progress by aggregate goal scores Authors: Jacob, J., Rae, J. P., Allegranti, B., Duncan, C. & Cooper, M.

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  • Examining concurrent validity and item selection of the Session Wants and Needs Outcome Measure (SWAN-OM) in a children and young people web-based therapy service

    We recently collaborated with CORC members, Kooth, to explore the validation of their newly developed measure to track change in single session therapies (SWAN-OM). The findings from the first part of our validation study have just been published. This includes our findings related to patterns in item selection, correlations with other measures and our suggestions of amendments to the measure. Authors: De Ossorno Garcia, S., Edbrooke-Childs, J. H., Salhi, L., Ruby, F. J., Sefi, A., & Jacob, J. (2023).

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