MytHICAL- Mental Health Informatics in Children, Adolescents and young adults How do my feelings become numbers?

Lead Research Organisation: Swansea University

Abstract

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Technical Summary

Swansea University (SU) has established an international reputation as a leader in health informatics, reflecting significant RCUK and Government investment (SAIL Databank, Farr, ADRC). Our ambition is to become a UK hub for data-driven, internationally-relevant research to improve children and young people’s mental health (MH). SU is particularly strong in population health research, data sharing platforms (e.g. UKSeRP), innovative governance and a collaborative ethos that underpins our many multidisciplinary research activities. Our key strengths in MH research lies in our advanced data science and informatics infrastructure and cross-disciplinary expertise.
Data science at SU has contributed much to MH research by linking diverse datasets for in-depth exploration of aetiology and the role of bio-psycho-social determinants of MH, bringing together cross-disciplinary research and data at scale, and solving problems inherent in standardisation and validation. This Award will build on our experience hosting the MQ Adolescent Data Platform, creating electronic and hybrid e-cohorts, phenotype validation, pharmaco epidemiology, and genetic and conceptual work. It will give widespread access to new Development and Well-Being Assessment and childhood maltreatment data, educational data linked to disorder-specific cohorts, health, environmental and social media data, and new partnerships with paediatricians, geographers, computer scientists and psychiatrists.
We aim to extend our expertise through studies with focussed validation and preparation of novel data and high quality transferable metadata, making future MH informatics studies more deeply phenotyped and more efficiently executed. In short, we will place children and young people within settings that may influence their MH using electronic data to better understand the causes of the causes. We will achieve this through up to eight studies to address the key challenges of mental health informatics.

Publications

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A. Marchant (2019) BMJ Journals, Archives Of Disease In Childhood in Self-harm presentation across healthcare settings by sex in young people: an e-cohort study using routinely collected linked healthcare data in Wales

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John A (2018) MRC in Mental Health Informatics in Children, Adolescents and young adults- how do my feelings become numbers?

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S. Rees (2019) BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making in Developing a standardised approach to the aggregation of inpatient episodes into person-based spells in all specialties and psychiatric specialties

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S. Wood (2019) BMJ Open in Epidemiology of eating disorders in primary care in children and young people: a Clinical Practice Research Datalink study in England

 
Title Data anonymisation 
Description The process of data anonymisation was explained in simple terms in this video by a student, and pitched towards other young people, in order to aid understanding. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The video was shared on the website and social media, as well as at the Swansea Science Festival 2019. This video helped to raise awareness of the platform and the secure processes that we have in place to protect data. 
 
Title World Suicide Prevention Day 2019, International Youth Day 2019 and World Mental Health Day 2019 videos 
Description I created videos using the online software, Adobe Spark, detailing the aims, objectives and achievements of the Adolescent Mental Health data Platform, and how our research is so important in making a difference. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Our Twitter followers have increased from 550 in June 2019, to 1250 in February 2020. This is as a result of spreading awareness through regular tweeting about ADP news and associated news, joining of national social media campaigns (e.g. #HelloYellow with Young Minds), and direct marketing following networking events and meetings. 
 
Description Mental Healthcare in Young People and Young Adults
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The recently published Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) report on Mental Healthcare in Young People and Young Adults identifies areas of care that can be improved. The findings in the reports presented reinforce the message that the parity of esteem between mental healthcare and physical healthcare services is often still not present. However, the data do recognise the crucial role that acute general hospitals play in the complex system required to deliver mental healthcare. If mental healthcare in general hospitals is not given a higher priority then general hospitals and the staff who work in them will never be equipped to manage mental healthcare effectively. The report recommends the development of national guidance outlining the expectation required in the care of children and young people with mental health conditions.
URL http://www.ncepod.org.uk/2019ypmh.html
 
Description Responding to issues of self-harm and thoughts of suicide in young people
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This guidance provides information for adults who work with children and young people regarding how to respond to issues of suicide and self-harm. It addresses how to ask questions of children and young people who may have suicidal feelings or be self-harming, and how to respond to disclosure of these feelings and behaviours. It provides guidance on confidentiality, safeguarding and routes of escalation. The guidance has been produced to support teachers, and other professionals who regularly come into contact with children and young people, in dealing with issues of suicide and self-harm as they arise. It supports early intervention and prevention and the safe management of self-harm and suicidal thoughts in young people when they present.
URL https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2019-08/responding-to-issues-of-self-harm-and-tho...
 
Description Wolfson Foundation
Amount £10,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Wolfson Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
 
Description Talk Life 
Organisation Swansea University
Department Swansea University Medical School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research into the relationship of self-harm and social media images.
Collaborator Contribution Sharing of data (specifically images) for use in our research.
Impact Signed collaboration agreement for the sharing of data, in order to carry out a project on self-harm and social media images. Initial analyses completed, data algorithms being created.
Start Year 2019
 
Description The Wolfson Foundation 
Organisation Swansea University
Department Swansea University Medical School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We will be examining longitudinal data that tracks children over time to better understand how anxiety and depression develop.
Collaborator Contribution The Wolfson Foundation is investing £10m over the next five years and will bring together experts from different fields.
Impact The Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health, based at Cardiff University and working with Swansea University, will be a dedicated interdisciplinary research centre where Cardiff and Swansea University experts will work in partnership with, Welsh Government, NHS Wales, University Health Boards and schools across Wales. The Wolfson Centre will have five work streams: population health (Collishaw), genetics (Thapar), early intervention (Rice), schools (Murphy and Moore) and 'big data' (John), which will influence government policy and practice. Prof Ann John will be managing the 'Big Data' aspect of the project, in order to use a wide range of routinely-collected data in research, to understand and develop new ways of reducing anxiety and depression in young people.
Start Year 2019
 
Description 'Is meaningful measurement of suicidality possible?', presentation at The Lancet Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Centre for Suicide Research, Warneford Hospital 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'Machine learning and routine data: helping clinicians identify those at risk of suicide' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at Digital Innovation in Mental Health - The Value Of Unity, Westminster School, Dean's Yard, Westminster School, SW1P 3PF, London, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Addressing the cost of exclusion from education - Samaritans Round Table Event 4th Feb 2019 - Socio economic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Addressing the cost of exclusion from education - Samaritans Round Table Event 4th Feb 2019 - Socio economic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour.
Samaritans Children's Mental Health Week
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Chaired Workshop - South East Region Conference on Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention 26th Feb 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Chaired Workshop at South East Region Conference on Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention 26th Feb 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Improving Younger Peoples Mental Health with MQ Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform, MQ Science meeting, Royal College of Physicians, London - 7th/8th February 2019 
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 international scientific meetings dedicated solely to mental health science. researchers, healthcare professionals and members of the mental health community from around the world met to talk about the the biggest challenges in mental health.Professor Ann John presented the Adolescent Data Platform at the meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interview with Sky news - 1st February 2019  
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Professor Ann John was interviewed by Sky News to discuss the topic of Cyber Bulling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Keynote speaker Swansea and Neath Port Talbot workshop around suicide and self harm prevention 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Baglan Centre, Lodge Drive, Baglan SA12 8UB
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Mental Health, Cyberbullying and Social Media in Young People - Master Class 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Mental Health, Cyberbullying and Social Media in Young People - Master Class at Bishop Vaughan Secondary School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RSS Workshop - Using data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention, Royal Statistical Society, London 25th February 2019 
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 RSS Workshop allowed professionals to discuss the use of data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Speaker - Advancing population health science and life course mental health research - Swansea mental health data pathfinder meeting, BEIS Conference Centre London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Speaker at Advancing population health science and life course mental health research - Swansea mental health data pathfinder meeting, BEIS Conference Centre London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description T4CYP Expert Reference Group 15th Jan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact T4CYP Expert Reference Group 15th Jan 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Me 2 - Suicide and self-harm strategy for Wales - 'Where are we? Where are we going?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at National Social Care Conference, Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK Prevention Research Partnership Outline Panel 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Ann John delivered a range of presentations regarding prevention of poor adolescent mental health through promotion of social connection and wellbeing, and building knowledge and support of MH through digital technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Westminster Time to Talk Day, Department of Digital, Culture, Media of Sport, 100 Parliament Street, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Ann John presented the Adolescent Mental Health Platform at the Westminster Time to Talk Day on 7th February to highlight the capabilities of the platform for the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019