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Transforming mental health interventions for children and young people

We're transforming mental health interventions for children and young people

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people.
However, most interventions for children and young people are based on research or developed from adult interventions.
Our research is changing that.

Children and young people can experience depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, often as a direct response to what is happening in their lives. However, according to the Mental Health Foundation, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Researchers at Hull York Medical School and the University of York are at the forefront of research and developments which are transforming mental health interventions for children and young people with a range of conditions – developing interventions based on their specific needs.

Traditionally children and adolescent mental health research is based around interventions that have been used in adult populations, but our research is focused on developing and researching interventions which take into account their specific needs and ultimately improve their lives.

Professor Barry Wright Director of Research (York) and Professor of Child Mental Health

 

We are focused on making a difference to child mental health

Professor Barry Wright, Director of Research (York) and Professor of Child Mental Health, and his colleagues recently launched the Child Orientated Mental Health Intervention Centre (COMIC) in partnership with Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust to provide a focus for much needed research into child mental health.

The Centre aims to improve the lives of hearing and deaf children and young people suffering from mental health issues. The focus of the research includes mental health issues relating to childhood phobias; socialisation issues connected to autism; and detecting autism in deaf children.

 

We want to help shape child-friendly treatments for mental health that have been influenced by children themselves. In order to find successful interventions to the some of the challenges children face, we have to first understand their world.

Dr Lina Gega Reader in Mental Health at Hull York Medical School and co-Director of COMIC

 

Dr Lina Gega, Reader in Mental Health at Hull York Medical School and co-Director of the Centre, said: "One of our new studies on childhood phobias, for example, demonstrates how stressful it can be for a child to receive multiple NHS treatment sessions. Up to 10% of children suffer from severe phobias that can have a life-long debilitating impact if not treated early on.

"NHS resources are limited for the repeat visits that cognitive behavioural therapies require, however, and so Centre researchers will investigate new treatment methods that can be delivered in one session, to reduce the stress on the child and NHS resources."

From screening tools to practical interventions the Comic Centre is focused on improving the lives of hearing and deaf children and young people suffering from mental health issues.


Our work


Our work is already making a difference to children, young people and their families

Researchers at the University of York and Hull York Medical School have a proven track record of research in mental health. This research is multidisciplinary and is conducted in collaboration with practising clinicians and those who live with mental health issues.

From research into self-management of diabetes for patients with severe mental illness, to designing more effective interventions in childhood, and identifying and alleviating the causes of depression in older adults, this research is impacting the way mental health is understood, diagnosed and treated for a wide range of patients.