Research stories


Professor Paul French is Joint Chief Investigator of the PRODIGY study at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He gives us an overview of the study looking at the prevention of long-term social disability in young people with emerging psychological difficulties…

The PRODIGY Advisory Team

Once a research participant in a mental health study, Rory now leads the PRODIGY Advisory Team, a group of young people aged between 17-24 years who have helped to shape the PRODIGY study…

Young People’s Advisory Group: Youth Speak

Youth Speak is a group of young people aged between 14-24 years. The group share common goals to influence mental health research and to strive for better mental health for young people. They want to make a positive difference to mental health and believe that this can be achieved through research and by tackling stigma.

The NIHR have worked with Youth Speak on various research projects, you can read about these projects on the Youth Speak website.

Follow Youth Speak on Twitter @YouthSpeakMH

"Three quarters of mental health problems in adults start in childhood so we need to concentrate on research into early identification and prevention to stop these lifelong effects"

Professor Dame Til Wykes DBE
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation, King's College London

"If we are going to get credible and feasible answers in our research studies then we need to involve young people. They help to make the questions understandable and the answers valuable"

Professor Kathryn Abel
NIHR National Specialty Lead, Mental Health