The Youth Advisory Group works with the Institute for Mental Health to create, shape and challenge research into youth mental health.
It is made up of 18 young people aged between 18-25 with experience of or a strong interest in youth mental health. Members are paid, and take part in monthly meetings to discuss research ideas, contributing to work on research grants and taking part in training.
Since the group was set up in September 2018 they have taken part in a range of activities including:
- Co-facilitating and being actively involved in events –e.g. introducing speakers, co-producing seminars, giving short speeches, and sitting on Q&A panels.
- Producing content for a training video for GPs about interactions with young people.
- Co-producing a book chapter on youth participation in mental health service design.
- Attending a mental health services-related play entitled “Blue Orange” at the Birmingham REP.
- Writing for the IMH blog and ‘taking over’ IMH social media.
We are continually seeking opportunities for wider engagement with young people by exploring potential collaborative partnerships with Birmingham-based youth engagement organisations, and establishing a larger online presence within the youth community through social media.
The Youth Advisory Group are an integral part of the IMH team and we are incredibly proud of the work they do. We work hard to ensure that the work the Youth Advisory Group do is meaningful and worthwhile, provide feedback on the outcomes that result from their involvement in our activities and support them with key skills such as presentation, communication and research knowledge.