S6 What’s new in psychiatric epidemiology studies with children and young people?

Date: Monday 10 July
Time: 2.00pm - 3.15pm
Stream: New science

Most mental health disorders begin during childhood and adolescence, creating an important opportunity for prevention and early intervention. This session will include presentations from three key studies.

The MYRIAD Study: family and school connectedness as a buffer to adverse events. This presentation will include findings from a ‘natural experiment’ nested within a larger school-based study. It will examine how Covid-19 impacted the mental health of secondary school students as well as two protective factors that served to mitigate negative effects.

The OxWell Student Survey: modern challenges for today’s adolescents. Findings from four waves of the OxWell Student Survey. This presentation will cover headline findings from four years of a large school-based survey of mental health and wellbeing, with key areas of interest including self-harm, sleep, and mental health services. Real-world implications for practitioners, schools, and researchers will be discussed.

The MindKind Study: where do we go from here? Examining adolescent perspectives on mental health research. This presentation will share findings from the MindKind Study, which explored how young people wish to share mental health data. It will cover findings from engagement with an app meant to generate a mental health databank, including qualitative findings on young people’s perspectives.

This session aims to: 

  • To use findings from three national studies of children and young people’s mental health to improve practice.
  • To describe key challenges in children and young people’s mental health (including Covid-19).
  • To appreciate the value and potential of incorporating the voice of children and young people into research and practice.

Chair: Kate Lovett, United Kingdom

Psychiatrists and autistic people: making a difference

Conor Davidson, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds, United Kingdom

Caring and living with autism: the professional and the personal

Sujeet Jaydeokar, University of Chester, Chester, United Kingdom

Autistic people and their experiences of health services

Ken Courtenay, Care Quality Commission, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Please email congress@rcpsych.ac.uk or call 020 8618 4120 with any enquiries.