DECIPHer is a partner in TRIUMPH (Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health) , one of eight new UKRI Mental Health Networks which will launch on 1 Dec 2018. TRIUMPH will work with young people, health practitioners, policy makers and voluntary organisations to find new ways to improve mental health and wellbeing, especially among disadvantaged populations.
Young people today face immense pressures on their mental health. They live in an ever-changing environment, driven by changes in technology, communications and the media. These changes have coincided with an increase in mental health problems amongst young people, especially girls.
The traditional sciences of psychology, psychiatry, and medicine often focus on understanding and solving health problems at the individual level, but many of the risk factors for poor mental health and wellbeing are driven by broader social and environmental influences. TRIUMPH believes a different approach is needed to find solutions to address these risk factors and improve mental health. It will take young people themselves as the starting point to make sure that their voice is heard at every stage of the research process, including when setting research priorities, co-designing interventions, running trials and disseminating findings.
DECIPHer’s Professor Simon Murphy says: ‘This network provides a much-needed opportunity to adopt a partnership approach with young people to address mental health issues. Here in Wales we will be leading on programmes of work to develop innovative approaches to involving young people to identify potential solutions, evaluating them and improving policy and practice.’
More details about TRIUMPH and a full list of collaborators can be found here.
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