At the beginning of the project, we recruited a diverse group of young people to become ‘citizen researchers.’ Over the course of a year, the citizen researchers take part in a series of virtual Q&A events with experts to gain knowledge and insights into what is currently happening in the field. These events are mainly shaped by the interests of the citizen researchers. After a taking part in these discussions, they become part of Youth Research Teams working with the University of York to address the topics that matter to young people and to determine priorities for new research.
The citizen researchers take part in discussions with the aim to:
Collaborate with experts to understand and explore the priorities for mental health research around young people
Address gaps in research around young people’s mental health through investigating new topics and issues in collaboration with peers
Directly shape questions for research to provide answers for most urgent and neglected areas of young people’s mental health