Involve is on a mission to put people at the heart of decision-making. MH:2K is our powerful model for engaging young people in conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing in their local area. 

Mental health conditions affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. 75% of mental health problems in adult life, excluding dementia, start before age eighteen. Given this, it is perhaps unsurprising that young people consistently identify mental health as a priority issue. Through MH:2K we focus on working with young people aged 14-25 who have direct experience of mental health issues or who are from at-risk groups. Just as importantly, we also work with local decision-makers and researchers. 

From September 2017 to July 2018, Involve ran MH:2K in North Tyneside, funded by the Wellcome Trust and North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, and supported by North Tyneside Local Authority. Find out more about the MH:2K programme and other areas we work in.

The final report and summary report are now available to view here. The press release from North Tyneside Local Authority is published below. 

MH:2K Press Release

MH:2K Report Launch :  North Tyneside young people recommend buddies in school to help promote good mental health

Today sees the launch of a report highlighting research that our young people have been leading on to explore the current mental health challenges in North Tyneside. 

From September 2017 to July 2018, Involve ran MH:2K supported by North Tyneside Local Authority, funded by North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and Wellcome.

Wendy Burke, Director of Public Health said “We know that children and young people today face considerable emotional demands – but we wanted to understand more about their experiences and what might help to alleviate some of these pressures and MH:2K gave us this opportunity.”

27 local young people became ‘MH:2K Citizen Researchers’ and have had over 500 conversations with their peers to find out what young people’s views, opinions and experiences were around mental health. 

Elle, one of the citizen researchers said: “It is important that we can influence mental health decision-making as we are the people affected by pressures and trauma and we should be able to dictate what support we need for our own mental health.”

The MH:2K report outlines the findings and recommendations on the themes identified by young people as having the biggest impact on their mental health and wellbeing which were:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Schools
  • Social media and self esteem
  • Stigma, support and awareness
  • Self harm and suicide

Margaret Hall Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said “Our Citizen Researchers have done a fantastic job in leading this work and getting so many opinions from a wide range of young people.” 

Among the recommendations the Citizen Researchers suggested promoting positive role models based on what people have achieved, not what they look like; buddying schemes in schools; and education for parents on how to talk to young people about mental health.

Anya Paradis, Director of Commissioning and Contracting at North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group said “The findings from the MH:2K report have given us new insights and perspectives about how we can most effectively support good mental health for young people locally.”     

The report is available to read at http://www.involve.org.uk/mh2k-northtyneside and more information on the MH:2K project can be found at www.involve.org.uk/mh2k

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Notes to Editors:

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