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Emotional Support for Young People A programme funding research into young people’s experience of emotional support and how this forms part of the wider determinants of health

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This programme is closed for applications.

  • Emotional Support for Young People is a £750,000 programme developing the evidence base on young people’s experiences of support.
  • The programme supports four teams across the UK, with up to £200,000 funding each, to further their research. 
  • The programme runs 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 programme – Emotional Support for Young People – helps 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.

Contact us 

If you have any questions about the programme, please email youngpeople@health.org.uk


Supporting young Bradford

  • Research project

This project will explore how work-life balance affects the level of emotional support available to young people from their families.

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