Not by degrees: improving student mental health in the UK’s universities

IPPR, September 2017

This report finds that levels of mental illness, mental distress and low wellbeing among students in higher education in the UK are increasing, and are high relative to other sections of the population. The report calls for universities to make the issue a strategic priority and adopt a ‘whole-university’ approach based on prevention and promotion, early intervention and low-level support, responding to risk and crisis management, and referral into care and treatment.

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MH:2K Oldham: a youth-led approach to exploring mental health

Involve, July 2017

MH:2K is a new model for engaging young people in conversations about mental health in their local area. It empowers 14-25 year olds to identify the mental health issues that they see as most important, engage their peers in discussing and exploring these topics and work with key local decision-makers to make recommendations for change.
From September 2016 to July 2017 MH:2K was piloted in Oldham.  This report presents the project’s findings and recommendations on youth mental health, the impacts of the project and the methodology of the project.

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A Healthy State of Mind: improving young people’s mental fitness

Localis, June 2017

The report on young people’s mental health aims to identify what the system requires to be able to work better to both offer immediate help to those with serious conditions and a wide and flexible variety of support for all those who feel they need it.

The report focuses on:

  • Overcoming barriers around first point of contact and access to services
  • The role of non-mental health professionals in helping young people with their mental fitness
  • The benefit for services of encouraging young people to have resilience, agency and independence
  • Settings where non-mental health professionals interact with young people – primarily primary care and education but also social services where there are high levels of state interaction

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Meeting us where we’re at: Learning from INTEGRATE’s work with excluded young people

Centre for Mental Health, March 2017

Research consistently demonstrates that people experiencing material, racial and social disadvantage face poorer life chances. These can include risks to their mental health and becoming caught in cycles of offending.

This briefing summarises an evaluation of three pioneering projects in London developed by MAC-UK. The projects use the INTEGRATE approach, characterised by engaging young people through co-designing and co-delivering projects, and by securing referrals through peers.  The briefing also highlights some wider recommendations to young people’s services based on the research findings, including the value of peer team members and an emphasis on co-production.

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Improving the mental health of children and young people

Public Health England, December 2016

These reports describe the importance of mental health and wellbeing among children and young people and the case for investment in mental health. They also summarise the evidence of what works to improve mental health among children and young people in order to inform local transformation of services.

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Children and young people’s mental health: Time to deliver – The report of the Independent Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Educational Policy Institute, November 2016

The report represents the culmination of the Commission’s work over the last year, reflecting on progress made in transforming services following the government’s investment of £1.4bn in Children and young people’s mental health, announced in 2015. Based on its comprehensive research, the report sets out a number of new findings, and proposes a series of recommendations which it urges the government to adopt through the Challenge. This includes an ambitious programme of changes covering research and prevention, early intervention and improving access to quality services.

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