About TRIUMPH Network

Childhood and adolescence are key life stages that set the foundations for health in adulthood. However, young people face real challenges to maintain their mental health. They live in an ever-changing environment, driven by changes in technology, communications and the media. Changes that have coincided with an increase in mental health problems, especially amongst girls.

One in ten children and young people experience mental health problems, yet we have few effective solutions for the improvement of youth mental health. Treatment and care, when accessible, treats the problem and not the causes. We believe there is a different approach – one that seeks to understand young people’s strengths, which we can draw on to improve mental health. This approach takes young people themselves as the starting point.

"One in ten children and young people experience mental health problems, yet we have few effective solutions for the improvement of youth mental public health."

To achieve this, the Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network will bring together young people, health practitioners, policy-makers and those working with voluntary organisations, with academics from across clinical, social sciences, arts and humanities, design, and computer sciences disciplines. We will work together to find new ways to improve mental health and wellbeing, especially among vulnerable and disadvantaged groups where need is greatest.

TRIUMPH is part of eight Mental Health Networks funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

TRIUMPH membership

We want to engage widely and bring together groups and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, so that we can learn from each other.

TRIUMPH membership is open to anyone with an interest in young people’s mental health and wellbeing, including young people, service users, those with lived experience, and others directly affected by mental health issues. 

Network design

TRIUMPH has three themes and cross-cutting work packages to be delivered with partners from across the UK.

Young people are central to the TRIUMPH Network. We will work with young people to facilitate their ideas, using a design innovation approach to turn these into reality, into new solutions to improve mental health. In addition, there will be opportunities to apply for seed funding through the TRIUMPH Network to take forward these research ideas and to support development of new solution focused approaches to improve youth mental health.

Our objectives

Develop effective transdisciplinary, solution-focused partnerships with academics, policy makers, practitioners and young people across the UK

Identify opportunities and challenges in youth mental health, set the agenda, and create research capacity

Generate new, critical approaches to addressing the social, behavioural, organisational, environmental and cultural causes of mental health

Undertake transdisciplinary co-production to develop, evaluate and implement effective and sustainable interventions to accelerate progress in improving youth mental health

TRIUMPH Network Investigators

Andrea Taylor​


Chris Bonell

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Alice Maclachlan

University of Glasgow, Network Co-ordinator

Christina McMellon


Julie Cameron

Mental Health Foundation

Kay Tisdall

University of Edinburgh

Lee Knifton

Mental Health Foundation

Mariam Kadhim

University of Glasgow, Network Administrative Assistant

Mark McCann


Pauline Adair

Queen's University Belfast

Peter Gee

Cardiff University​

Rhiannon Evans

Cardiff University

Rhys Bevan-Jones

Cardiff University

Rory O'Connor​


Ruth Hunter

Queen's University Belfast

Sharon Simpson​


Suzy Syrett


Tara French

The Glasgow School of Art