Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: College of Medical, Veterinary &Life Sci

Abstract

Childhood and adolescence are recognised as key life stages that set the foundations for health in adulthood and for the future social and economic development of the societies young people live in. Yet, young people face extraordinary pressures on maintaining health in an ever-changing environment, driven by changes in technology, communications and the media that they are exposed to. This has coincided with an increasing prevalence of mental health problems, especially among girls.

The traditional sciences of psychology, psychiatry, and medicine often focus on understanding and solving health problems at the individual level, but many of the risk factors for poor mental health and wellbeing are driven by broader social and environmental factors and affected by the relationships we have, and the settings, neighbourhoods and communities we live within. A different approach is needed to find solutions to address these risk factors and improve mental health. It is important that this new approach takes young people themselves as the starting point to make sure that their voice is heard at every stage of the research process, including when we set research priorities, in co-designing interventions, running trials, and in dissemination. To achieve this, the Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network will bring together young people, health practitioners, policy-makers and those working with voluntary organisations, with academics from across clinical, social sciences, arts and humanities, design, and computer sciences disciplines. We will work together to find new ways to improve mental health and wellbeing, especially among vulnerable and disadvantaged populations where need is greatest. We will target our efforts at the peer groups, social networks and education settings with strongest influence on health behaviours in adolescence.

The TRIUMPH Network will deliver a series of events and activities to focus our attention where mental health need is greatest. This will include workshops to understand the mental health problems facing young people, find possible solutions and take forward project ideas, and information exchange and community engagement events to share learning and increase the involvement of the groups and communities affected by youth mental health issues. Network funding will be used to support small research projects to seek and develop solutions to the mental health challenges that young people face and to prepare for larger funding applications to evaluate these. Young people will be invited, and supported, to take part in all of the activities of the Network. We will employ a Design Innovation approach using different visual methods and creative outputs to support engagement with young people from various backgrounds and to make the decision-making process more accessible. In employing a Research Associate with significant experience of participatory research with young people to lead on this work, we will ensure there is support in place for vulnerable young people who take part in the Network. The TRIUMPH Network will facilitate new research collaborations to strengthen the UK evidence base and, ultimately, to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people across the UK.

Planned Impact

Traditional approaches to understanding and solving young people's mental health problems have not yet been able to address the risk factors for poor mental health and wellbeing that are driven by broad social, behavioural, organisational, environmental and cultural factors. A transdisciplinary approach that takes young people themselves as the starting point, is needed to find solutions to address these risk factors and improve mental health. By bringing together young people, practitioners, policy-makers and multi-sectoral public and third sector partners, with academics from across clinical, social sciences, arts and humanities, design, and computer sciences disciplines, we will work collectively to find new ways to improve mental health and wellbeing, and in so doing provide significant benefit to all those affected by young people's mental health problems. Public mental health is a significant policy issue across the four nations of the UK and is frequently debated across the media and in public forums. As such, the Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network will be of interest to a varied group of stakeholders from within and out with the traditional, academic mental health field, and the principal motivation of the Network is to engage widely and bring together varied interest groups. To ensure impactful benefit, Network membership will be open to anyone with an interest in young people's mental health and wellbeing and our efforts will be directly targeted at the following two stakeholder groups:

Young people: are the primary partner audience for the Network and their participation will be central to all of the Network activities. Engagement will be facilitated through two direct routes: i) the establishment of Youth Action Groups drawn from existing youth groups across the four nations of the UK, and ii) the use the Network infrastructure to 'reformat' DECIPHer's Advice Leading to Public Health Advancement (ALPHA) group as a national mental health engagement network in the context of the School Health Research Network (SHRN) in Wales, which will allow for us to gather comprehensive, broad, and inclusive perspectives of young people. They will benefit from facilitation of a rights based approach, direct participation, research literacy skills and self efficacy, alongside identification of research problems and potential solutions with ecological validity and that are more likely to be effective and relevant to their lives.

Practitioners, policy-makers and multi-sectoral public and third sector organisations: partnerships will be developed with cross UK, national, regional and local delivery stakeholders. These will be also cross multiple policy areas encompassing for example, health, education and social care and third sector organisations. In this way, the network will comprehensively span the policy/practice system for maximum impact. We will include organisations working with young people (e.g., Mental Health Foundation - from which two staff, Lee Knifton and Julie Cameron are co-investigators on the TRIUMPH Network, Young Minds, NSPCC, LGBT Youth Scotland, SAMH, Life Changes Trust, Young Scot, The Fostering Network, Association for Young People's Health); policy makers with a remit for child and adolescent (mental) health from across Westminster, the Scottish and Welsh Governments and the Northern Irish Assembly, representatives from each of the four nations' Departments of Health and Education; NHS boards and trusts; and other government bodies with a remit for public mental health (e.g., Public Health England, which has expressed support for the Network, NHS Health Scotland) or education (e.g., Education Scotland). They will benefit from new collaborative partnerships, an increase in evidence-based policy and practice, and an increased likelihood of interventions that are effective, scalable and sustainable.

Publications

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Title TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group Video 
Description TRIUMPH recruited diverse a group of sixteen young people from across the UK to form the Youth Advisory Group. They met for the first time in June 2019 for a three-day residential meeting in Glasgow - the video presents their experiences. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The video was played at four regional agenda-setting workshops in front of audiences which included policy-makers, health practitioners, and young people. As a result, they had a deeper understanding of youth involvement and how the group plays a key role in the development of the network and ensures that young people are meaningfully involved in events, activities and research. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPe2BtcK_wo
 
Description ESRC SDAI WWCW_Loneliness and Wellbeing Among Adolescents and Young Adults (Emily Long)
Amount £301,886 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/T008679/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 12/2021
 
Description University of Glasgow MVLS Engagement Awards 2019 (Jo Inchley)
Amount £1,860 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 02/2020
 
Description Presentation at International Journal of Children's Rights UNCRC 30th Anniversary Conference (Christina McMellon) 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Partnership to present at the IJCR conference (about children's participation rights and referencing TRIUMPH as an example) and write a paper for the journal based upon our presentation.
Collaborator Contribution As above
Impact Presentation completed on 20th June 20190 output underway.
Start Year 2019
 
Description TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group Residential 1 
Organisation Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I planned, co-ordinated and facilitated the weekend residential along with members of the TRIUMPH National Management Group. The weekend was the first meeting of TRIUMPH's Youth Advisory Group made up of 16 young people (aged 16-22) from across the UK. The residential stated on Thursday evening and ended after lunch on Saturday. The aim of this residential was to set the importance of young people's participation from the beginning of the network by meaningfully involving young people in discussions about the development of the network. The key objectives of this residential are: 1. Get to know each other and build a strong YAG team for working with TRIUMPH 2. Develop a clear understanding of the role of the YAG how the YAG will work with the NMG 3. Start working on a strategy for young people's wider involvement in the network 4. Develop a plan for the young people's section of the TRIUMPH website and how to take this forward
Collaborator Contribution The partners worked with us to recruit, support and communicate with YAG members. Each partner organisation allocated one support worker who attended the residential with the role of supporting the four young people from their organisation.
Impact The short film from the residential can be seen at the url above. There is also a report of the discussions that took place over the weekend and an analysis of the themes that emerged from these conversations. These themes will in turn feed into TRIUMPH's agenda setting workshops that will help to identify the network's funding priorities. YAG members also identified the importance of young people providing training for adults, and on the back of this YAG members provided a day of training for NMG members in September. Discussions from the weekend also led to a plan to develop an interactive password-protected web platform for YAG members to communicate with researchers and resulted in changes to the TRIUMPH public website.
Start Year 2019
 
Description TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group Residential 1 
Organisation Voice of Young People in Care
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I planned, co-ordinated and facilitated the weekend residential along with members of the TRIUMPH National Management Group. The weekend was the first meeting of TRIUMPH's Youth Advisory Group made up of 16 young people (aged 16-22) from across the UK. The residential stated on Thursday evening and ended after lunch on Saturday. The aim of this residential was to set the importance of young people's participation from the beginning of the network by meaningfully involving young people in discussions about the development of the network. The key objectives of this residential are: 1. Get to know each other and build a strong YAG team for working with TRIUMPH 2. Develop a clear understanding of the role of the YAG how the YAG will work with the NMG 3. Start working on a strategy for young people's wider involvement in the network 4. Develop a plan for the young people's section of the TRIUMPH website and how to take this forward
Collaborator Contribution The partners worked with us to recruit, support and communicate with YAG members. Each partner organisation allocated one support worker who attended the residential with the role of supporting the four young people from their organisation.
Impact The short film from the residential can be seen at the url above. There is also a report of the discussions that took place over the weekend and an analysis of the themes that emerged from these conversations. These themes will in turn feed into TRIUMPH's agenda setting workshops that will help to identify the network's funding priorities. YAG members also identified the importance of young people providing training for adults, and on the back of this YAG members provided a day of training for NMG members in September. Discussions from the weekend also led to a plan to develop an interactive password-protected web platform for YAG members to communicate with researchers and resulted in changes to the TRIUMPH public website.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Children and young people's mental health collaborative meeting, hosted by Health Scotland (Alice MacLachlan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting hosted by Health Scotland to share knowledge, information, best practice and current activities around children and young people's mental health. Jo Inchley presented about the TRIUMPH network at this meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Emerging Minds: mental health research network event (Alice MacLachlan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation about the TRIUMPH Network to an audience of approximately 40 people at the Emerging Minds Mental Health Network event in Glasgow. The audience included researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and third sector organisations from across Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Engaging with young people about aims of the TRIUMPH network (Sharon Simpson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Engaging with young people about aims of the TRIUMPH network to develop ideas for the interventiont to be developed as well as the plans for the network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Exhibitor stand - Children in Scotland Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRIUMPH Network exhibitor stand was positioned among other organisations from across the children's sector. Attendees of the conference were adults and young people from public, private and third sector organisations. The purpose of the stand was to inform the audience about the purpose of the network and tell them about opportunities for involvement. In order to drive engagement, we also conducted a public engagement activity where people were asked to write down their mental health messages on a speech bubble whiteboard which we then captured with a Polaroid camera. From this, the network gained approximately 10 new members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Focus group with young carers from Swansea YMCA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Met with a group of young carers from Swansea YMCA to showcase the work we do here in DECIPHer and ALPHA. this was an opportunity to recruit a wider range of young people to the ALPHA group. We ran a number of tasks looking at public health topics and the importance of asking young people for their views on topics. Another task we ran with the group was looking at the TRIUMPH network and discussing how to make our website more young person friendly and interactive. The group provided feedback on the most suitable and sustainable ways in which this website and TRIUMPH could appeal to more young people. including incentives, activities and usability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2019 (Alice MacLachan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRIUMPH Network has an exhibitor stand at the the NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2019. This provided an opportunity to engage with conference delegates and discuss how they could be involved with the network. the conference was attended by approximately 200 delegates from across Scotland, including researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and patient groups. Approximately 15 people signed up to the network membership at the conference, with further sign-ups received through the website after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Nature and Children's Health Seminar: Current knowledge and future directions (Alice McLachlan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRIUMPH Network had an exhibitor stand at the the Nature and Children's Health Seminar 2019. This provided an opportunity to engage with conference delegates and discuss how they could be involved with the network. the conference was attended by approximately 90 delegates from across Scotland, including researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and third sector organisations. Approximately 10 people signed up to the network membership at the conference, with further sign-ups received through the website after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Stall and workshop at UCL conference for young people celebrating 30 years of the UNCRC (Jo Incley) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 10 participants attended a workshop raising awareness of TRIUMPH's young people's participation focus and approximately 25 people interacted with a "mental health messages" activity where young people say what message they would like to give to adults about young people's mental health - these messages will be compiled as part of a wider engagement activity being run by TRIUMPH
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Stall at National Youth Work Conference run by Youthlink Scotland (Jo Inchley) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approximately 50 people (mostly youth workers) interacted with a "mental health messages" activity where young people say what message they would like to give to adults about young people's mental health - these messages will be compiled as part of a wider engagement activity being run by TRIUMPH
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TRIUMPH Twitter channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The TRIUMPH Twitter channel is intended to act as a platform to share information and news about the network's activities, connect with our partners, connect with existing members, generate new ones, keep up to date with happenings in the youth mental public health sector, raise awareness for the network, promote our blogs, workshops, conferences, and other events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/TRIUMPHnetwork
 
Description TRIUMPH YouTube channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The TRIUMPH YouTube channel was created to give the network the ability to host and share audio-visual media outputs, such as the video about the Youth Advisory Group (which was played in front of audiences at the Network residential and the Agenda-Setting Workshops) and the video of Research Associate, Christina McMellon, speaking about youth involvement (which was added to the triumph website).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLBeGVtkRKNf8pJyAwfpfwg
 
Description TRIUMPH agenda-setting workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRIUMPH Network hosted a series of four research agenda-setting workshops in Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast and London between November 2019 and January 2020. Each workshop was attended by 40-60 people including a mix of young people, policy-makers, practitioners (public, private and third sector) and researchers.
The workshops provided an opportunity to find out more about the TRIUMPH Network and bring together experts in the field of youth mental health for collaborative discussion around the TRIUMPH Network themes (schools; relationships; key groups) to identify current challenges and opportunities for future research in order to support the development of new initiatives and strategies to improve young people's mental health and wellbeing. The workshop outputs will be used to define research priorities for the TRIUMPH Network, which will provide the direction for network events and activities over the next three years, and the scope for future research funding opportunities available through the network. The TRIUMPH research agenda will be published on the network website in Spring 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL http://triumph.sphsu.gla.ac.uk/
 
Description TRIUMPH network newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact he TRIUMPH network publishes a quarterly newsletter for members. As of November 2019, we have published 3 newsletters which were sent to over 300 TRIUMPH members , including policy makers, healthcare and education practitioners, researchers, young people and voluntary organisations. The majority of members are UK-based, with some international members. The newsletters include updates on TRIUMPH network activities, highlight recent blogs, podcasts and articles, and advertise upcoming events both within and beyond the network. We will continue to send out quarterly newsletters for the duration of the funded project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL http://triumph.sphsu.gla.ac.uk/category/newsletters/
 
Description TRIUMPH presentation at ESRC Cross-Disciplinary Mental Health Networks launch event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Presentation to introduce the TRIUMPH Network, which was live streamed on twitter. More than 300 people directly interacted with event content, generating >1000 tweets and over 12 million twitter impressions. Approx 10 new network members were recruited on the day and there has been a steady stream of new members in the week since.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TRIUMPH stall at SHINE conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A stall at the SHINE conference to raise awareness of the TRIUMPH network with attendees including 80 teachers and representatives from local authority representatives, Scottish Govt and Education Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TRIUMPH stall at the Mental Health Foundation Scotland parliamentary event at the Scottish Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact RIUMPH stall at the Mental Health Foundation Scotland parliamentary event at the Scottish Parliament to mark their 70th anniversary. The stall introduced those in attendance to the TRIUMPH Network. 15 new members signed up to the Network on the night.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TRIUMPH website, blogs and podcasts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The TRIUMPH network have published a series of blogs and podcasts on the website about youth mental health. In the past 12 months (as of Dec 2019), we have published 15 articles, and will continue to add content throughout the funded network duration. The content can be accessed here: http://triumph.sphsu.gla.ac.uk/news/. The aim of these articles is to raise awareness of ongoing work and issues around youth mental health to network members and the wider public. The network currently has over 400 members who will have been notified about this content by email, the articles are promoted on Twitter (over 1000 followers) and the website is also accessed by the wider public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL http://triumph.sphsu.gla.ac.uk/news/
 
Description UN Convention Rights of the Child 30 year celebration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hosted an interactive engagement stand at this conference in conjunction with the centre for trials research. Showcasing ALPHA and the importance of asking young people for their feedback and opinions on public health related matters that have a direct impact on them. Also showcased the TRIUMPH network and the involvement of the Youth Advisory Group, including the residential video. TRIUMPH was well received by a lot of young people as mental health and wellbeing is a topic that needs addressing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Edinburgh Psychiatry Lecture Series (Alice MacLachlan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to the professional practitioners and trainees in psychiatry about adolescent mental health and the TRIUMPH network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop looking at involving young people in research at the following conference at Stirling University: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing: Communities, families, resilience and resistance conference and a stall with our engagement activity (Jo Inchley) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We ran a 1 hour participative workshop at the conference looking at TRIUMPH's model of involving young people in the research network and thinking about opportunities for involving young people in research more generally, this was attending by about 10 people. Feedback from the woprkshop was very positive. We also had a stall for the whole three days of the conference where we ran our engagement activity "mental health messages" and which was very successful in signing people up for the network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019