This study explored how breakthrough mentoring, which carefully matches a young person with an adult mentor who has similar interests, could be used to improve young people's behaviour, health and wellbeing.
June 2013 - September 2015
Public mental health is an international priority and a major challenge for public health practitioners. However, the evidence base regarding effective interventions is limited. The public mental health programme involves applied public health research in children, young people and adults. We aim to generate new knowledge which practitioners can use to deliver impact.
The public mental health programme will work with the children, young people and families programme to research mental well-being in this population. It will also work closely with the places and communities programme to develop and employ a standard set of public mental health outcomes to assess the impact on mental health of environmental, economic and welfare system changes, and help identify potential interventions to offset those effects.
Public mental health is a current NIHR SPHR research programme (2017-2022).