* The NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Birmingham and Black Country is one of nine pilot CLAHRCs funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
CLAHRCs were established in October 2008 with up to £10 million funding over five years to undertake high-quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and to support the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS.
* The CLAHRC for Birmingham and Black Country covers all the Birmingham Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and extends into the area covered by two of the four Black Country PCTs. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is the lead NHS organisation and the University of Birmingham is the lead academic partner.
* The CLAHRC BBC involves nine research and implementation themes.
Theme 3 is: Early detection and interventions in psychosis. Theme 3 aims to dramatically reduce the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) experienced by young people following the onset of a first episode of psychosis, from 12 months to three months, across Birmingham.
* Specifically this study will: build on previous work to better understand the special needs of black and minority ethnic groups; implement a multi-faceted public health intervention that includes de-stigmatising psychosis and overcoming obstacles to care; evaluate the effect of this intervention.
* For more information about support for young people with mental health issues, visit: http://wheres-your-head-at.org