The NIHR School for Public Health Research is exploring how local government and public health experts can work with academy school chains and free school groups to improve staff and student health.
Depression is expected to be the highest global disease burden by 2030. Most mental health problems first appear in adolescence and young adulthood, and the number of young people with such problems is increasing. Parental mental health and the home environment are factors in the development of adolescence mental health. Increasing resiliency in young people through skilled parenting may increase their ability to deal with negative life events, and reduce mental health problems during adolescence and into later life.
This project will enrol parents of schoolchildren on a resilience building course for 6 weeks. The main aim of the project is to assess the feasibility of running an intensive resilience building course for parents to support their children’s mental health. Dr Troy will interview parents after the course to document how they supported the mental health of their children before the course, and how the course has changed their approach.
The project will assess whether it is feasible to deliver an after-school resilience building programme to parents. This is with a view to develop a larger study in the future to assess if a programme like this can improve the resilience and mental health of young people.