What is the research that YOULEAD is carrying out?

The YouLEAD consortium will carry out five four-year research projects from September 2018-2022, focused around three broad research themes or ‘pillars’:

YouLead Themes

The five projects are as follows:

1. Early Adversity and Later outcomes (based at RCSI, supervised by Prof. Mary Cannon & Prof. David Cotter). This project will focus on the analysis of large (already collected) national and international epidemiological datasets. Read more: Adversity and psychological symptoms in young people

2. Understanding Barriers to Treatment (based at UCD, supervised by Prof. Eilis Hennesey & Dr. Caroline Heary). This project will focus on the attitudes and experiences of families’ in seeking access to mental health services for young people.  Read more: Parental help seeking outline

3. Improving youth participation in mental health service development & delivery (based at NUI Galway, supervised by Dr. Padraig MacNeela). This project will develop and implement a participatory model for engaging young people in the planning and delivery of youth mental health services.

4. Evaluating community based interventions for youth mental health (based at UCD, supervised by Prof. Barbara Dooley, & Dr. Aileen O’Reilly). This project will focus on evaluating community based mental health interventions delivered through JIGSAW, the national center for youth mental health. Read more: YouLead Programme Project 4 (UCD)Evaluating Online Interventions for Improving Social Cognition & function in Psy

5. Evaluating novel community based and online strategies for youth mental health (based at NUI Galway, supervised by Prof. Gary Donohoe). This project will focus on adapting and evaluating novel online cognitive and social interventions for use with young people experiencing psychosis. Read more: Evaluating Online Interventions for Improving Social Cognition & function in Psy