Take part in a research study

The COVID-19 outbreak is already having a large impact on young people’s mental health. In order to provide the best advice for young people and those who support young people the UK needs research into how changes as a result of COVID-19 are affecting mental health and how different activities and behaviours have an impact on mental health. 

Please consider taking part in one or more of the research studies below, to help build the research evidence we need to effectively support young people’s mental health both during the current lockdown and in the future.

Young people age 13–18 years and their parents/carers

TRIUMPH are collaborating with researchers at the University of Oxford to support the Oxford ARC Study: Achieving Resilience during COVID-19.

We are inviting young people (aged 13–18 years), and their parents/carers, to take part in an online study. Your responses will help us understand how worry and resilience affect us during the challenges and uncertainties of COVID-19.

We will ask you to complete a survey each week for three months or until after social isolation measures are in place. The first one takes about 20 minutes and each follow up takes 10-15 minutes. We will then re-contact you monthly until 12 months from the start of the study for further 10-15 minute surveys.

Every participant completing the surveys will have a chance to win an Amazon voucher.

Parents and carers of school-age children and young people

Can you help us learn how families are coping with the challenges of COVID-19?

Your responses to this study led by the Emerging Minds Network will help to find out how children, young people and their families are getting on, what is working for them, and what they are finding difficult so that we can understand how best to help. The survey will take up to 20 mins the first time you do it and about 10 minutes thereafter. You will be asked to complete the survey weekly for a month, then fortnightly for a month, and then monthly until children and young people are back in school.

Young people age 18+

University College London is running a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK.

Across the UK people are facing significant challenges in the face of COVID-19 and the lockdown – please share your experiences so that we ensure your concerns are heard.

Each week the results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK, and to inform government advice and decision-making.

Participation involves answering a 10-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.

Young people age 13-17

What are your experiences of ‘social distancing’ and having to stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Researchers at University College London would like to talk to young people aged 13-17 years old about your experiences of social distancing and self-isolation during the covid-19 pandemic and how this has made you feel. The interview will take place with a researcher over the phone or on a video call (depending on what you would prefer) and should last around 45 minutes. If you would like to find out more, or if you would like to take part, then please contact Lou Baxter directly: l.baxter@ucl.ac.uk

If you are working on a research study related to young people’s mental health that you would like to post here please email the TRIUMPH team