The MQ Brighter Futures Programme

New Mental Health research programme and awareness-raising initiative | MQ

A new programme of research, bringing together scientists, clinicians, people with experience of mental health problems and partner organisations is being established to address three of the most pressing challenges in young people’s mental health:

  • Understanding how mental illness develops.
  • Learning how to identify which young people are most at risk.
  • Developing effective interventions for young people and ensuring they are delivered in practice.

MQ’s manifesto for young people’s mental health charts a path forward – identifying how the general public, researchers, and government can come together to make the vision of transforming young people’s mental health a reality.

Visit the MQ website for more information.

The other one in four – how financial difficulty is neglected in mental health services

The other one in four – how financial difficulty is neglected in mental health services | The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

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This report assesses the extent to which mental health services recognise and respond to this relationship between financial difficulty and mental health problems. The publication explores where there are gaps in existing provision and where better coordination could improve services for people with mental health problems who are experiencing financial difficulty.

A review of recent evidence into children and young people’s mental health

Missed opportunities: a review of recent evidence into children and young people’s mental health
Centre For Mental Health, 7 June 2016

This document seeks to piece together the evidence about children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in the UK, based on the most recent high quality research.

It breaks down findings into four age groups: pregnancy to age 4; children aged 5-10, 11-15 year olds, and young adults aged 16-25.

For all age groups, a dominant issue has been the persistent gap between children’s needs and their access to help and support, especially early on when difficulties with mental health first emerge.

Non-pharmacological interventions for ADHD delivered in school settings

The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions delivered in school settings for pupils with, or at risk of, ADHD and to explore the factors that may enhance, or limit, their delivery.

54 studies that evaluated school interventions were found. Overall, these interventions appeared to reduce hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness, and improve some measures of problem behaviours, school skills and achievement. Short-term interventions seemed to be more beneficial than longer-term ones, and strategies targeting social skills did not seem particularly helpful.

Full reference: Richardson, M et al.  Non-pharmacological interventions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings: systematic reviews of quantitative and qualitative research. Health Technology Assessment Volume: 19 Issue: 45