A new video captures the great work from the TRIUMPH Network Youth Advisory Group on their first weekend away
Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health
(TRIUMPH) Network brings together young people, health practitioners,
policy-makers and those working with voluntary organisations with academics
from across clinical, social sciences, arts and humanities, design, and
computer sciences disciplines. They work together to find new ways to improve
mental health and wellbeing, especially among vulnerable and disadvantaged
groups where need is greatest.
ALPHA is one of
four TRIUMPH Youth Partner organisations supporting the network. It helped
recruit a diverse group of sixteen young people from across the UK to form the
Youth Advisory Group (YAG). This group plays a key role in the development of
the network and ensures that young people are able to be meaningfully involved
in TRIUMPH events, activities and research.
Advisory Group met for the first time in June 2019 for a three-day residential
meeting in Glasgow. The aim of this residential was to set the importance of
young people’s participation by involving them in discussions about the
development of the network.
Peter Gee, who helped facilitate the weekend, says: ‘The YAG weekend was a great way for young people to express their opinions and meet other young people who are passionate about getting their voices heard. Although serious discussions were had, there was also time for fun, with an treasure trail around Glasgow, and for relaxing. It has provided us with ideas to help shape the youth element of the TRIUMPH Network going forward.’
The next step is
to define the research priorities for the TRIUMPH Network. ALPHA will be
hosting an agenda-setting workshop on the 12th November at Portland House,
Cardiff Bay, launched by Minister for Education Kirsty Williams. This will
provide an opportunity to bring together experts in the field of youth mental
health across Wales for collaborative discussion around the TRIUMPH Network
themes. It will identify current challenges and opportunities for future
research in order to support the development of new initiatives and strategies
to promote young people’s mental wellbeing and prevent mental ill health.
Peter adds: ‘This workshop will provide the direction for network events and activities over the next three years, and the scope for future research funding opportunities available through the network.’
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