About this webinar

This is the first in a new series of the So What? seminars sharing youth mental health research evidence and exploring its implications for policy and practice.

This seminar will explore evidence of the impact of the pandemic on child and youth mental health emerging from different research approaches. This will be followed by a panel session discussing the practical implications of the findings.


  • Professor Jessica Deighton – Director of Applied Research and Evaluation, Anna Freud Centre
  • Dr Ola Demkowicz – Lecturer in Psychology of Education, University of Manchester
  • Dr Emma Ashworth – Lecturer in Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Dr Rosie Mansfield – Research Fellow, UCL
  • Maddie H  Anna Freud Centre Young Champion

Event Programme:

17:30 Welcome, Professor Jess Deighton  

17:35 The TELL Study: Teenagers’ experiences of life in lockdown, Dr Ola Demkowicz 

17:50 Adolescents’ Lockdown-Induced Coping Experiences (ALICE) Study), Dr Emma Ashworth      

18:05 Q & A              

18:10 The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people’s mental health: a rapid review of the evidence and upcoming findings from two natural experiments, Dr Rosie Mansfield

18:25 Q & A       

18:30 Implications for practice, Panel session       

18:55 Close, Professor Jess Deighton  

This seminar will have automatic subtitles available.

The Anna Freud Centre's Northern Hub was established in 2017 as part of a long-term commitment to collaboration and investment in the region. This event forms part of this activity, celebrating research by colleagues in North West England.

System requirements for online event

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this event. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

Aims of the webinar
  • Learn from research evidence about the impact of the pandemic on children and young people’s mental health
  • Explore the relative merits of different research methodologies in this context
  • Discuss the implications of the findings for the provision of children and young people’s mental health support


26th January 2022
  • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 17:30 - 19:00



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