Right here: A voice and choice for young people’s mental health. Case studies of innovative approaches to improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing

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Woodhouse A

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Mental Health Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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Right Here is a £6 million programme running from 2009 to 2014, jointly managed by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation. It aims to develop effective new approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the UK aged 16 to 25. Right Here focuses on intervening early to help young people at risk of developing mental health problems and on tackling the stigma associated with mental health problems that often prevents young people seeking help.

This report presents four case studies from across the Right Here initiative, focussing on one specific activity from each of the four project areas. The case studies have been chosen to demonstrate the range of different approaches developed under the Right Here banner, with a particular emphasis on activities which incorporate the following components:
• Awareness raising to increase young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing (in the wider community)
• Therapeutic activities targeted at young people most at risk of developing mental health problems
• Participation activities involving young people in developing and delivering Right Here activities
• Physical and creative activities

Each case study looks at learning points and areas for future research. Central to all of the case studies is the overarching principle of placing young people at the centre of the work and using their experiences and needs to shape the direction of each activity, and the benefits of doing so.

Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Young People (16-25)

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download