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Skills for Adolescent WELLbeing study

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The Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health is seeking participants for an exciting research study focused on protecting young people against depression.

Young people aged 13-17 and their parent/carer can take part in the Skills for Adolescent Wellbeing(SWELL) study. The study will offer support for low mood in parents.  It will also test whether an online group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme for young people can help protect against depression and improve quality of life in young people.

The group CBT programme for the young person involves learning and applying skills for managing stress and boosting wellbeing.

We are asking parents/carers and young people aged 13-17 to take part.

Who can take part?

To identify people who are most likely to benefit from the program, the SWELL team are seeking parents who have experienced low mood or have been diagnosed with depression.

Parents must also  have a child who is 13-17 years of age who has had low mood in the past or currently, but is not receiving or does not require specialist treatment.

The research team will check whether you are eligible to take part, so if you are interested but are not sure if this applies to you, please do get in touch with us.

What does it involve?

Young people will be randomly chosen to either:

  • Attend an online CBT group to learn skills for supporting wellbeing
  • Continue as usual

Parents who are depressed at the start of the study will have their depression treatment optimised in a personalised 12-week program, which includes treatment from the trial doctors and the clinical team.

Questionnaires and interviews will be completed by young people and parents with help from the research team. Their responses to these will help the researchers understand whether the CBT group program works, and which aspects are most important in preventing depression.

Watch a short video to learn more.

Benefits of taking part

  • Participants will be reimbursed for their time with vouchers (at least £40 but up to a maximum of £60)
  • Parents currently meeting diagnostic criteria for depression will receive optimized treatment for this from the study specialist doctor.
  • Some young people will join a group CBT program, teaching them skills for coping with stress and improving their wellbeing
  • Those participating in the study will contribute to developing an increased understanding of interventions that can help prevent depression in young people

How to take part

    If you and your child are interested in taking part, please enter some brief contact details here, or click the button below. Then,  the research team will get in touch with you to organise a time to discuss the study with you and to ask you some questions to see if you are eligible to take part.

    You can also contact the Wolfson Centre research team via email if you have any questions.

Register your interest


Download the full Information booklet:

SWELL Information Booklet 2023.pdf

SWELL Information booklet 2023