National Young Person's Mental Health Research Award

The Young Person's Mental Health Research Award is a new initiative by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales to promote research, innovation, and awareness of Mental Health problems across Wales.

The national programme is designed to encourage young people to undertake and submit research focussing on current Mental Health issues. Winners will be selected based upon the originality of their research and the quality of their project presentation.

As well as offering a prize, the winners’ will be displayed at the Wales Annual Academic Conference, which is held as a partnership between the Welsh Psychiatric Society, National Centre for Mental Health, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales.

Timelines

  • All expressions of interest should be received by November 25th 2022.
  • Entries must be submitted by February 3rd 2023.
  • Winning entries will be displayed at the Annual Academic Conference in April 2023, Swansea.

FAQ's

Here is further detail on the award, whilst the further information and forms will be distributed directly once expressions of interest have been registered by completing the light blue box on the right of the screen. Any further queries can be directed to Annie Fabian.

The awards are open to any student in years 11, 12 and 13.

There is no limit on how many students’ work can be submitted from an individual school.

Whilst the RCPsych Wales is the professional body which primarily represents doctors, we are keen for this new award to be open to any person who has an interest in mental health. Entrants could include those who are curious about a career in a healthcare profession, have an interest in scientific analysis or have a more personal connection to current mental health issues.

Research can be submitted in any format the student chooses. For example, this could be a written report, PowerPoint presentation, poster, video, or podcast, or a combination. We've highlighted a few examples below.

Additionally, we'd request that students complete an abstract form as part of the submission.

Submissions can be received in English or Welsh. 

There are a number of different options, and much depends upon the topic of research being considered.

Some examples include literature reviews, audits, interviews or reports.

Winners will be selected based upon the originality of their research and the quality of their project presentation.

Projects can be presented as a report, poster, presentation or more visually as a recording.

As well as offering a prize of £100, the winners’ will be displayed at the Welsh Psychiatric Society Winter meeting, to be held in November later this year.

Shortlisted entries will also be displayed on the College’s website.

Submissions can be received as an individual, or as a group (maximum five people)

We'd ask that interest is registered by completing the digital form in the light blue box, and all papers will be sent directly.

Frontline healthcare workers suffered from mental health difficulties in first few months of pandemic

Julia Bugelli, a sixth form student from Ysgol Glan Clwyd was the first recipient of our National Young Person's Mental Health Research Award for 2021/22.

Julia will be formally presented with her award at our Winter Conference with the Welsh Psychiatric Society and the National Centre for Mental Health on the 2nd December 2022.

Here study is accessible through the linked press release: Frontline healthcare workers suffered from mental health difficulties in first few months of pandemic – unique study by Welsh student reveals

Whilst Julia's study and announcement precedes the announcement of this programme, her study and report can be seen as an example of how young people may wish to report and present findings.

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