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.
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.
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.
TRIUMPH Network Investigators
UKRI Mental Health Networks
The TRIUMPH Network is one of eight mental health networks funded by UKRI. The networks are designed to progress mental health research in themes such as the profound health inequalities for people with severe mental ill health, social isolation, youth and student mental health, domestic and sexual violence, and the value of community assets.
These networks are: