TRIUMPH Symposium: Coproducing research to improve young people’s mental health

When? Monday 5 September, 13:00-15:30

Where? Online via Zoom

Join us for this free online event to hear findings from our plus-funded projects and youth-led research, discuss coproduction experiences with researchers and young people and celebrate the Network’s achievements.

Our exciting programme will feature the following presentations:

TRIUMPH Network in review: celebrating the activities and achievements of the network over the past four years. Dr Jo Inchley, Network Director

Feeling Understood: a youth-directed research project looking at the importance of supportive relationships for mental health and how adults can support young people to feel better understood. Isla Jamieson-Mackenzie and TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group

Research presentations from the four TRIUMPH plus-funded projects:

  • CESAME: Culturally Engaged and Sensitive Approaches to Mental health Education. Sneha Ramen, Glasgow School of Art
  • Reprezent’s On the Level: Covid-19 mental health programme in schools. Natalie Bisal, University of Sheffield
  • STEP Study: Schools Training to Enhance support for LGBTQ+ young People. Dr Charlotte Woodhead, King’s College London
  • Experiences of online mental health and wellbeing support during the COVID-19 pandemic: Qualitative study with care-experienced young people, carers and social care professionals. Dr Rhiannon Evans, Cardiff University
 Panel discussion: Experiences of working with young people within mental health research
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When? Friday 7th – Saturday 8th October

Where? Ps&Gs, Edinburgh

Join us in the beautiful city of Edinburgh in October for TRIUMPH Fest. This event will bring together young people, researchers, policymakers and practitioners with a passion for improving young people’s mental health. TRIUMPH Fest will showcase the amazing contributions young people are making to mental health research and activism and highlight the importance of ensuring youth voices continue to be heard as we strive together to improve youth mental health.

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We welcome young people, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, funders, community sector organisations and anyone else with an interest in youth people’s mental health to join us for our Open Festival day on Friday 7th October. TRIUMPH Fest is free for all attendees, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration details will be posted on this page soon.

Festival activities on Saturday 8th October are particularly aimed at young people, with workshops focussed on skills development and gathering young people’s insights into the future of mental health research.  We are offering funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses for young people attending both days of the festival – please see further information below.

Our jam-packed programme will include presentations from young people involved in mental health research and activism, exhibitor stalls led by young people and researchers highlighting exciting ongoing projects and new research opportunities, lively discussion around how to amplify youth voices and mental health messages, and workshops to develop young people’s research and activism skills.

The programme will continue to be updated as speakers and activities are confirmed.

TRIUMPHFest programme

TRIUMPH Fest will be hosted at Ps & Gs located in a fantastic city centre location in Edinburgh. Ps & Gs is a church that also operates as a community event venue – TRIUMPH Fest is hosted by the TRIUMPH research network based at the University of Glasgow and is a non-religious event.


Ps & Gs is located at 46 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RH, on the corner with Broughton Street. It is less than a 10-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station or Edinburgh bus station.

If arriving from the airport, the tram terminates on St Andrews Square, a 5-minute walk from the venue, or the Airlink100 bus terminates outside Waverley station.


The venue has street level access from York Place and there is an accessible lift that serves all three floors of the building. The main space is also fitted with a hearing loop system. If you have accessibility requirements please indicate this when registering.


We are offering funding to cover travel and accommodation costs to support young people involved in projects related to young people’s mental health to attend TRIUMPH Fest and share their work.

Funding is available for up to three young people from any given organisation / project to attend TRIUMPH Fest, with the option to be supported by a youth worker or project leader, that meet the following criteria:

  • Involved in a project related to young people’s mental health that aims to improve outcomes, awareness or access to support. This could be an academic research project, an activism project, a youth-led mental health support service or another relevant type of project.
  • Willing to speak about your project either in a short presentation or by hosting an exhibitor stall about your work.
  • Willing to have a description of your organisation and the organisation’s contact details in the conference programme.
  • Available to attend both days of the conference.
  • If under 16’s are attending, they must be accompanied by a youth worker or project leader from the organisation who will be responsible for their wellbeing during the conference (youth worker / project leader travel and accommodation will also be funded for one person).

If you are interested in attending, please complete the expression of interest form below.

> Fill out this form to leave your expression of interest for funded places <

All TRIUMPH Fest attendees can request a Festival stall to showcase your work and to highlight examples of current youth mental health research which may be of interest to other attendees. 

Festival stalls can be used to share information about projects your organisation is involved in, present and get feedback on mental health research project plans or findings and engage other festival attendees, including young people, in future projects or research. If you are interested in recruiting young people for a research study please see our research opportunities information below.

We are flexible with how you want to set-up your stall, it might include things like a banner or poster with information about your organisation/project, an activity for young people and other attendees to get involved in or a specific research question you would like to discuss, photos and information about previous research or activities you’ve been involved in, or online content (please supply your own laptop).

We welcome creative ideas for your stall, and are happy to chat through any idea you may have. We will provide a table, poster board, and plug sockets (if required). There will be prizes for the most creative stalls! 

If you would like to request a Festival stall please select this option when registering for TRIUMPH Fest.

At TRIUMPH Fest we will be advertising ongoing mental health research studies that are recruiting young people. This might include recruiting young people to advise on the project design/delivery, or as participants in the study. Projects will be advertised in the TRIUMPH Fest programme, on the TRIUMPH website, and via social media @TRIUMPHNetwork

If you would like us to include your project in our research opportunities listing please complete the form below by Friday 9 September. 

> Research opportunities form <


Check back soon for details on how to register for TRIUMPH Fest.