Young People’s Mental Health: Research Articles and Reports

Below is a selection of research articles and reports from policy and practice relevant to the TRIUMPH Network’s focus on taking a public health approach to young people’s mental health.

Research updates

Quarterly update providing summaries of key pieces of research published over the previous three months related to the TRIUMPH research themes: key groups, social connections & relationships, and schools & other education settings. There is also an additional section on COVID-19 research on young people’s mental health. 

May 2021

Publications by TRIUMPH Network Management Team


It’s ok to think freely: how participation changed us
McMellon, C., Dempsie, K., and Eltiraifi, M. (2021) in Bruselius-Jenson, M. Pitti, I. and Tisdall, EKM. Young People’s Participation: Revisiting Youth and Inequalities in Europe, Policy Press. Book chapter on Young Edinburgh Action involvement, exploring the experiences of young people and staff involved in Young Edinburgh Action, a youth participation project that was a TRIUMPH partner organisation.

Developing a whole-school mental health and wellbeing intervention through pragmatic formative process evaluation: A case-study of innovative local practice within the School Health Research Network
Gobat, al. 2021. BMC Public Health 21, article number: 154. (10.1186/s12889-020-10124-6) TRIUMPH co-investigator authors: Rhiannon Evans, Simon Murphy.

Care-experienced cHildren and young people’s Interventions to improve Mental health and wEll-being outcomes: Systematic review (CHIMES) protocol
Evans Rhiannon., Boffey Maria., MacDonald Sarah., Jane Noyes Jane.,  Melendez-Torres G J., Morgan Helen E., Trubey Rob., Robling Michael., Willis Simone., Wooders Charlotte.
British Medical Journal, 2021

Reed H., Couturiaux D., Davis M., Edwards A., Janes E., Kim H., Melendez-Torres G.J., Murphy S., Rotevatn T.A., Smith J., Evans R.
Prevention Science, 2020 
Delivery of a mental health first aid training package and staff peer support service in secondary schools: a process evaluation of uptake and fidelity of the WISE intervention
Fisher H., Harding S., Bell S., Copeland L., Evans R., Powell J., Araya R., Campbell R., Ford T., Gunnell D., Murphy S., Kidger J.
Trials, 2020

Bevan Jones R., Thapar A., Rice F., Mars B., Shameem Agha S., Smith D., Merry S., Stallard P., Thapar A.K., Jones I., Simpson S.A.
JMIR Mental Health, 2020.

Practitioner review: Co-design of digital mental health technologies with children and young people 
Bevan Jones R.
, Stallard P., Agha S., Rice S., Werner-Seidler A., Stasiak K., Kahn J., Simpson S., Alvarez-Jimenez M., Rice F., Evans R., Merry S.
The Journal of Child and Psychology and Psychiatry, 2020
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Cross-national time trends in adolescent mental well-being from 2002 to 2018 and the explanatory role of schoolwork pressure
Cosma A., Stevens G., Martin G., Duinhof E.L., Walsh S.D., Garcia-Moya I., Költo A., Gobina I., Canale N., Catunda C., Inchley J., de Looze M.
Journal of Adolescent Health, 2020

Adolescents’ intense and problematic social media use and their well-being in 29 countries
Boer M., van den Eijnden R., Boniel-Nissim M., Wong S., Inchley J., Badura P., Craig W., Gobina I., Kleszczewska D., Klanscek H.J., Stevens G.
Journal of Adolescent Health, 2020

Enhancing understanding of adolescent health and well-being: the health behaviour in school-aged children study
Inchley J. C., Stevens G. W.J. M., Samdal O., Currie D. B.
Journal of Adolescent Health, 2020

Mental health disorders and adolescent peer relationships
Long E., Gardani M., McCann M., Sweeting H. , Tranmer M. and Moore L.
Social Science and Medicine2020

Inter-professional practice in the prevention and management of child and adolescent self-harm: Foster carers’ and residential carers’ negotiation of expertise and professional identity 
Jennings S., Evans R.
Sociology of Health & Illness, 2020

Socioeconomic status, mental wellbeing and transition to secondary school: analysis of the School Health Research Network/Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey in Wales
Moore G.F., Anthony R. E., Hawkins J., Van Godwin J., Murphy S., Hewitt G., Melendez-Torres G.J.
British Educational Research Journal, 2020

Children and young people’s participation rights: looking backwards and moving forwards 
McMellon C., Tisdall E.K.M.
International Journal of Children’s Rights, 2020

Adolescent self-harm prevention and intervention in secondary schools: A survey of staff in England and Wales
Evans R., Parker R., Russell A., Matthews F., Ford T., Hewitt G., Scourfield J., Janssens A.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2019

SAFETEL randomised controlled feasibility trial of a safety planning intervention with follow-up telephone contact to reduce suicidal behaviour: study protocol  
O’Connor R.C., Lundy J., Stewart C., Smillie S., McClelland H., Syrett S., Gavigan M., McConnachie A., Smith M., Smith D., Brown G.K., Stanley B., Simpson S.A.
BMJ Open, 2019

Student health and wellbeing in Wales: Report of the 2017/18 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey and School Health Research Network Student Health and Wellbeing Survey 
Hewitt G., Anthony R., Moore G., Melendez-Torres G., Murphy S.
Project Report, Cardiff University, 2019  

Psychoeducational interventions in adolescent depression: A systematic review
Bevan Jones R., Thapar A., Stone Z., Thapar A., Jones I., Smith D. and Simpson S.
Patient Education and Counseling, 2018

A web-based psychoeducational intervention for adolescent depression: design and development of MoodHwb
Bevan Jones R.
, Thapar A., Rice F., Beeching H., Cichosz R., Mars B., Smith D., Merry S., Stallard P., Jones I., Thapar A.K., Simpson S.A.
JMIR Mental Health, 2

Recent publications

Shared goals for mental health research: what, why and when for the 2020s
Wykes,T., Bell, A., Carr, S., Coldham, T., Gilbody, S., Hotopf, M., Johnson, S., Kabir, T., Pinfold, V., Sweeney, A., Jones, P. B., Cathy Creswell, C. (2021). Paper discusses four overarching goals designed to speed up implementation of mental health research and give a clear direction for researchers and funders to focus their efforts when it comes to better understanding the treatment of mental health.

Debate: The impact of school closures and lockdown on mental health in young people.
Townsend, E. (2020),
Child Adolescent Mental Health, 25: 265-266.