The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) has participated in Takeover Challenge since 2015. Takeover is an annual project led by the UK Children's Commissioner, which sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.
The 2016 Takeover Challenge took place on Friday 18 November.
Members of the BRC Young People’s Advisory Group and BRC youth award winners designed and organised a unique event, including live experiments and a panel discussion, offering the opportunity to hear about and debate the mental health issues which matter to young people.
The group interviewed, filmed and recorded leading researchers, hosted interactive experiments and activities in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) café diner, and in the afternoon presented a unique panel discussion to a packed room, with young people and researchers debating key issues in young people’s mental health.
A recurring theme of the day was the need for improved communication about mental health, particularly – but not only – for young people. As one panellist commented, “Lack of communication is a major issue – between young people themselves, between adults and young people, across the board. People don’t know how to talk about mental health”.
Takeover Challenge is just one of the ways in which the NIHR Maudsley BRC is working with young people to ensure that their voices are heard in mental health and related fields of research. Visit our page on opportunities for young people to read about other initiatives, and check our news and events pages for details of upcoming events.