About the project

1 in 7 adolescents (age 11-16) in the UK have a diagnosable mental health disorder. At the same time, most adolescents own a smartphone and many use social media.

Evidence suggests that smartphones and social media can be beneficial for mental wellbeing, but the benefits of smartphones and social media depend on how they are used.

This research aims to establish which types of school phone policies are most supportive of pupil mental wellbeing.

Read more about the funding award from the NIHR on their website.


This project is funded by the NIHR Public Health Research programme (NIHR131396). The views expressed are those of the project investigators and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.