The CHANGES project focusses on studying trends over time in children and young people’s mental health and understanding population need for services and support.
CHANGES aims to contribute to better child and adolescent mental health by informing efforts to improve access to the right services at the right time. Our research aims to answer four main questions about children and young people’s mental health in England:
The CHANGES project has three phases:
Studying trends over time and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children and young people’s mental health, using data from the national child mental health surveys (the British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Surveys, and the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England survey series).
Examining mental health-related contact with support and services, and experiences of seeking help during the pandemic, using qualitative interview data and quantitative data from the national child mental health surveys.
Understanding commissioners’ experiences of commissioning services for child and adolescent mental health, using qualitative interviews. This phase will also include workshops to identify ways in which we can improve research and resources to better support commissioners.
The CHANGES project is funded by an NIHR Advanced Fellowship held by Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado and includes a team of researchers and collaborators (see Our Team and Collaborators). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.