My JournE: Smartphone-based routine mental health monitoring in schools

Around one in seven young people in the UK present with a diagnosable mental disorder; the majority are untreated, often resulting in poorer mental/physical health, and social/economic outcomes in adulthood. Early identification and treatment are therefore vital. The MyJournE app uses data from schools and mood monitoring surveys to support young people's mental health.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 11 Feb 2022

MyHealthE: Digital Innovation in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Every day, clinicians in mental health services make critical decisions about patient care (e.g. which type of medication or psychosocial treatment to offer). However, only a small number of these clinical decisions for children and people with neurodevelopmental disorders are based on high quality evidence because research studies are typically too small. We are addressing this by using the digital revolution to improve our ability to make research more efficient and thus to bring greater benefits.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 8 Feb 2022

CUES-Ed: Promoting mental health and wellbeing among primary school children

As many as 1 in 8 school aged children will experience a mental health problem, with many more experiencing significant emotional difficulties which impact on learning, behaviour, social relationships, motivation and decision making, and increase vulnerability to mental health difficulties in later adolescence and adult life. CUES-Ed is an innovative mental health promotion and prevention programme delivered in primary schools.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 7 Feb 2022

Involving more voices in research through the Race and Ethnicity Advisory Group

Kavita Bains, an assistant psychologist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, is a member of our Race and Ethnicity Advisory (READ) group, where researchers can consult with individuals from under-represented ethnic communities on how best to conduct mental health research. In this blog, she writes about the barriers faced by ethnic minority communities in accessing research and how the READ group can help overcome these.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 7 Feb 2022

A virtual reality ‘Shopping Task’ could help test for cognitive decline in adults

New research part-funded by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre suggests that a virtual reality test in which participants “go to the shops” could offer a potentially promising way of effectively assessing functional cognition, the thinking and processing skills needed to accomplish complex everyday activities.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 27 Jan 2022