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Wolfson Centre attends the Mental Health and Wellbeing Show 2024

10 June 2024

On 17 May, the Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health took part in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Show at Cardiff City Stadium. The annual event serves as an opportunity for fostering discussions and spreading awareness about mental health and wellbeing, drawing exhibitors, speakers, and experts across the field.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Show is a key date for those working or interested in mental health. Attendees included mental health professionals, advocates, and the public, who came together to exchange knowledge, experiences, and innovations in mental health care. This was the first time that the Wolfson Centre attended the event, but centre made a positive impact as the team focused on sharing information surrounding their flagship study, Skills for Adolescent Wellbeing (SWELL).

The Wolfson Centre team engaged in meaningful conversations with visitors and representatives from other organisations. SWELL, a pioneering study aimed at enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents, was at the forefront of these discussions. The team provided detailed insights into the study's objectives, methodologies, and anticipated outcomes, emphasising the importance of early intervention and skill-building for young people.

Visitors expressed keen interest in understanding how the SWELL study could potentially transform mental health support for adolescents, and attending organisations keen on supporting and promoting the trial.

A highlight of the Wolfson Centre's participation was the seminar hosted by Professor Frances Rice, co-director of the Centre, and Dr Jac Airdrie, titled ‘The Science of Improving Young People’s Mental Health’ featuring input from our Youth Advisory Group.

Professor Rice and Dr Airdrie delved into the importance of youth mental health research and the purpose of the Centre. They discussed risk and protector factors, identifying causes, and evidence-based approaches of support.

"It was great to present at the mental health and wellbeing show and showcase our research and flagship study. It was a busy event that allowed the opportunity to engage with other people in the field"
Professor Frances Rice Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

"We were really pleased with how positive the engagement and interest on the SWELL study was. It was a great promotion opportunity that aided our recruitment efforts."
Jac Airdrie Clinical Psychology Lead, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

If you are interested in participating in the SWELL study, please complete the online application form. If you’d like to learn more about the study, contact the Wolfson Centre research team at

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We are looking for parents with a history of depression, who have a child aged between 13 and 19 years old, to take part in the Skills for Adolescent Wellbeing study.