Children and young people’s mental health research

The National Institute for Health Research funds research into mental health because we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health.

As the ‘Time to Change’ website says, “One in ten young people will experience a mental health problem.” This could be you, your brother or sister, or a friend.

We want to raise awareness of mental health research amongst children and young people; it is through your personal experience we can make a difference. This page will give you an understanding of research, why it is important and how you can find out more.

Children and young people, just like you, are already shaping the way that mental health services and treatments will be delivered in the future.

Sasha’s Trial

Sasha struggles with anxiety and her Grandad is living with dementia. They share a touching closeness, despite the differences in their ages and outlooks. Together they explore the challenges of their medical conditions and the subject of clinical research.