This project is aiming to to address evidence gaps on how emotional support from families can help or hinder mental health outcomes in young people, focusing on two communities in North Yorkshire.
Emotional Support for Young People A new programme funding research into young people’s experience of emotional support and how this forms part of the wider determinants of health
- Emotional Support for Young People is a new £750,000 programme developing the evidence base on young people’s experiences of support.
- The programme is supporting four teams across the UK, with up to £200,000 funding each, to further their research.
- The programme will run from November 2022 until spring 2024.
There is a well-established link between the wider determinants of health, such as economic security, and young people’s mental health outcomes. Research has shown that emotional support can act as a protective factor or ‘buffer’ when it comes to young people’s mental health outcomes.
In our Young people’s future health inquiry, participants aged 12–24 found a clear link between their mental health and the emotional support they received from their families. They also recognised social and economic factors that shaped their family members’ capacity (or ‘bandwidth’) to offer support.
Born out of the inquiry, this new programme – Emotional Support for Young People – will help develop the evidence base on what shapes the emotional support that young people experience, and the effect this has on their mental health outcomes.
The Emotional Support for Young People programme is supporting four teams across the UK with funding of between £100,000 and £200,000, over 12–18 months, to complete research projects focused on at least one of the following priority areas:
- understanding the role played by family relationships, and hence the emotional support experienced by young people, as part of the wider determinants of health
- understanding the specific impact of family members’ working lives on the emotional support that young people experience from their families.
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