A voice and a choice for our mental health
How to Guides, Research & Reports
How to Guides
It is now understood that adolescence to early adulthood is the peak age of onset for mental ill-health. As a result, the call for more joined up, adolescent friendly services has never been more important.
To that end, Right Here has produced free new resources to help professionals working with young people deliver services that are more ‘youth friendly’ when it comes to mental health and emotional wellbeing . You can download these fantastic guides below:
- How to… commission better mental health and wellbeing services for young people
- How to… provide youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services
- How to… promote mental wellbeing in youth work practice
- How to… promote young peoples wellbeing within primary care
With our focus on participation and youth involvement, our dedicated team of young Research and Evaluation volunteers (2010-2013) undertook peer-led research on the issues important to young people in Brighton and Hove.
Young People and Self Harm
Throughout 2013 and commissioned by Brighton and Hove City Council, our team of volunteers conducted focus groups with young people and with medical and educational professionals, to identify their perceptions and understanding of self-harm. The findings were published and presented in the following ways:
- Right Here Self harm research (published January 2014)
- Right Here Self harm academic poster for the 2nd International Youth Mental Health Conference (presented October 2013)
Click here to read more about our work to increase awareness and understanding of self harm, and to support anyone affected by self harm in Brighton and Hove.
In 2011, Right Here volunteers consulted over 170 young people in Brighton and Hove about their GP surgeries and how things could be improved for them.
- Right Here GP research: Full version (published April 2012)
- Right Here GP research: One-page summary (published April 2012)
We presented these reports to Brighton and Hove GPs in April 2012. What happened at our presentation? Read all about it in this article written by Dakota, one of our volunteers.
In August 2012, this research won an Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) award, making Right Here a truly award-winning project!
This research paved the way for changes to participating surgeries around the Brighton and Hove area to benefit young people accessing their services. Click here to read more about all our work to improve the relations between young people and their GP.
Right Here project reports
We are committed to evaluating our own progress, and constantly striving to ensure that our work is effective, in the hope that this will prove a different approach to mental health and wellbeing is possible. Until 2013 we were partnered with the Tavistock Institute which helped us to identify what was working well and where changes could be made.