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Starting Well: Children and Young People's Mental Health
The Children and Young People's Mental Health theme works to enable and enrich approaches to research, evaluation and intervention development and implementation.
We will focus on early detection and intervention of mental health problems in children through, for example: identifying screening strategies, identifying critical periods for early intervention and helping shape targeted, preventative and developmentally appropriate interventions.
The Starting Well: Children and Young People's Mental Health Subthemes include:
- Severe mental health problems in adolescence and neurodiversity
- School based interventions
- Seldom heard groups of young people and communities
Zoom or Room - Online v in-person therapy?
A team of researchers at the University of Sussex have launched a set of guidelines to help practitioners provide better support to parents and children accessing mental health services online.
The Guidelines for Using Online Therapeutic Intervention follows a research project, “Zoom or Room” - Online v in-person therapy? Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration, Kent Surrey and Sussex and supported by Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network that took place last year and looked at the effectiveness and guidance for in-person versus online intervention session.
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Video: Online intervention guidance for employers
Leaflet: Online intervention guidance for employers
Video: Online intervention guidance for practitioners
Leaflet: Online intervention guidance for practitioners
Video: Online intervention guidance for clients
Leaflet: Online intervention guidance for clients
Video: Online intervention guidance for groups
Leaflet: Online intervention guidance for groups
Further information University of Sussex's Interactions: Zoom or Room project
The Whole School Approach within Mental Health Support Teams
A review and evaluation of the work undertaken by Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) supporting schools to deliver whole school approaches to emotional wellbeing and mental health across east and south east England has generated interest nationally and locally. The research, launched today (7 December), was undertaken by academics from the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, in participation with the Charlie Waller Trust.
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For more information on this report click here.
To view the recording of the Best Practice Review of Whole School Approach to Mental Health Support Teams Webinar click here.
How can you best support the implementation of the WSA to Mental Health within your role? Click here to view the responses.
Beyond Lockdown – Impact Of COVID-19 On Care Leavers
Many young people can leave the care system feeling unprepared, financially insecure, in poor mental health and without the support networks most of us take for granted. This can mean care leavers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 and lockdown.
To further our understanding about the impact of COVID-19 on care leavers’ wellbeing, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) commissioned research into the impact of COVID-19 on the daily life and wellbeing of care leavers, focusing on what support they need as lockdown ends. The Beyond Lockdown research team, which included a partnership between University of Sussex and Creative Research Collective, undertook the research from June until December 2020.
Migrant Mental Health
Dr. Leanne Bogen-Johnston, Post Doc within ARC KSS Starting Well Theme and Sarah Newman, a student from the University of Sussex, have undertaken a mapping exercise of emotional wellbeing and mental health services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The report provides a high-level overview of key demographics and highlights the support services available in Surrey, Kent and Medway, Brighton and Hove, West and East Sussex. This report should be used to help support and inform implementation and future research.
Pan-Sussex Children and Young People’s Mental Health Digital Review
The report, the Pan-Sussex Children and Young People’s Mental Health Digital Review, is based on the experiences and perceptions of young people who shared their views in a survey and took part in a number of events over the summer. The survey aimed to identify gaps in digital provision of Children and Young Peoples’ (CYP) mental health and emotional wellbeing services (age up to 25) in Sussex and to find out from young people how services could be improved.
Key findings include:
• 85% said online mental health support was useful
• 66% of young people accessed online support for the first time during the pandemic
• 60% of young people said they would like a mixture of face-to-face and online support in the future
• 27% were referred to online services by their GP
• 19% had existing therapy moved online due to the pandemic.
The report also calls for a Sussex-wide CYP Mental Health Digital Strategy which should include principles for developing digital solutions, implementing digital working and digital ambitions co-produced by young people. It recommends that the strategy should be embedded within the emerging Sussex-wide CYP Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy and aligned to Sussex Health and Care Partnership’s digital ambition.
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To read the full report, download it here.
Click here to view a summary of the research.
DisCOVery - Exploring the mental health impact of Covid-19 for young people in high risk and hard to reach groups
Funded by ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex, led by University of Sussex. the DisCOVery study explored the social and psychological effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable young people from deprived rural and coastal communities.
Between January 2021 to January 2022, data was collected via one-to-one interviews and an online survey. The aim of the research was to provide an evidence base upon which to develop and evaluate psychosocial interventions for young people and wider communities within Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Norfolk.
Click here to view the disCOVery presentation