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Wolfson Centre Youth Advisory Group

We have exciting opportunities available for young people to get involved in our research.

The Wolfson Centre want to put the experiences and voices of young people at the heart of our work.

We are looking to recruit young people aged 14-25, with lived mental health experience, to join our new Youth Advisory Group.

Members will get a chance to be an active part of a major new research initiative in young people’s mental health.

How to help us

By joining the Wolfson Centre’s Youth Advisory Group, you will:

  • Help shape the Centre’s work by advising on the research questions that are important to young people.
  • Advise us on how we undertake our research.
  • Assist us in understanding what the research findings mean for young people.
  • Suggest how the findings could be used to improve what happens in real life for young people with lived mental health experiences.

What’s involved?

We will hold a series of regular online meetings where a small group of young people are invited to share views on priorities and to advise on research about young people’s mental health.

Why join us?

In return for being part of our advisory group, you will:

Have your voice heard

  • Your views can directly impact mental health policy here in Wales. Your opinion will be fed back to  partners in our Implementation and Engagement Board which includes advisors to Welsh Government, policymakers and charities that support young people’s mental health, as well as people who work for and with young people like doctors and psychologists.

Learn new skills

  • Receive training in research methods as you advise us on our work, through tasks such as examining grant applications or contributing to sessions with our scientific researchers.

Boost your CV

  • We can provide opportunities to develop other skills that may be of interest to you, including CV writing, chairing a meeting, and producing digital content for our web and social media platforms.

We understand that your time is valuable. Group members will receive a £20 voucher for taking part in each session.

If you have any queries about the advisory group or have any concerns you would like to discuss with us, you can talk to a member of the research team.

Professor Frances Rice

Professor Frances Rice

Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

Email
ricef2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 8384
Emma Meilak

Emma Meilak

Administrative Officer, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

Email
meilake@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29206 88479

Useful resources

Meic Cymru - helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales.

Mind - information and support along with downloadable leaflets and real people's stories. Search 'depression' from the homepage.

National Centre for Mental Health - the NCMH website has a dedicated depression section, including details on research, suggested readings, and links to medication information.

NHS 111 Wales - the 111 service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can use it both for health information and advice and to access urgent primary care.

Royal College of Psychiatrists - readable, user-friendly, and evidence-based information on mental health problems, treatments, and other topics, written by psychiatrists with help from patients and carers.

Samaritans - available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair, or suicidal thoughts.

SANEline - a helpline providing information on mental health. Also offers emotional and crisis support to people experiencing mental illness, their family/carers, and friends.

Young Minds - UK’s leading charity working to improve children's and young people's mental health.