Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
We are a Co-research Team of young people and adults who share an ambition to improve the mental health of young people. We keep reading lots of reports saying youth mental health in the UK is getting worse, and that support available doesn’t always work. We applied for and got some research money from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to expand our work in exploring other ways to improve our mental health. We wanted to know “Does getting involved in activism and campaigning benefit young people who face many disadvantages?”. We thought this was a topic worth researching because we have experienced for ourselves the benefits of getting involved in these kind of projects, and also the changes we can achieve in systems that aren’t very fair in the first place. We use the Boingboing approach to resilience to help us understand this, which we capture as ‘beating the odds whilst also changing the odds’.