A message from The McPin Foundation
The McPin Foundation is setting up a new Young People’s Mental Health Advisory group. Please see the attached flyer and application form for more information.
We are looking for 10 people aged 14-24 who have an interest in mental health to become members of the Advisory Group. The Group will meet regularly as part of an exciting new project to understand what are the most important questions for research into young people’s mental health.
Young people in the group may have personal experience of mental health problems, or they may just have an interest in mental health. There is no need for any prior experience, we will provide any training you need. We will do our best to meet any additional access needs you have.
The Young People’s Advisory Group will be an important part of a project called a ‘Priority Setting Partnership’. This will bring together young people, parents and professionals (like teachers, nurses and psychiatrists) to decide on the Top 10 unanswered questions about young people’s mental health. For more information about Priority Setting Partnerships please click here.
The project will take approximately 18 months to complete and will survey thousands of young people, parents and clinicians on what they consider to be the most important questions for mental health research to address.
Group members will have the opportunity to meet other young people interested in mental health, work with mental health researchers and doctors, create a national survey and promotional materials and champion the issues that matter most to young people.
If you want to take part you should:
- Be aged 14-24 and live in England
- Have an interest in mental health
- Be able to work respectfully in a group with people who are different from yourself
- Be able to travel to London for meetings (with a suitable adult if you are under 16)
- Attend meetings about 7 times between February 2017 and July 2018. The first meeting will be held on Saturday 25th February in London.
- Have an email address and access to the internet to communicate in between meetings
Other things you should know:
- Travel expenses will be paid up to an average of £30 per meeting
- You will be paid £60 per meeting you attend
- You will receive any training you need and a certificate of participation describing your experience on the project
- We can give members references for courses or future employment
- We are looking for a diverse group and a range of experience so please do apply no matter what your background