Help with our research
This opportunity to take part in research is currently being offered to every family, child and young person who is referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) or a neurodevelopmental clinic. This is being done in conjunction with the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH). Our aim is to help improve the information gathering process at clinic. At the same time, this will help with research as mental health conditions and neurodevelopmental difficulties in children/young people are not well understood.
About the Study
The National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) are trying to understand why some young people experience problems with their mental health. By comparing information from those who have experienced mental health problems with information from those who have not, we hope to learn more about the factors that may make some young people more likely to experience problems than others. We hope that our study will improve the understanding of mental health and help find better treatments in the future.
What will I have to do?
If you decide to take part, we will ask you to join the NCMH study and provide us with contact information. We will also ask you and your child about symptoms and problems they have experienced. This will be done by asking you to complete a widely used on-line questionnaire called the Development and Wellbeing Assessment (DAWBA). There is an opportunity for both you and your child to provide information if you wish. You can find out more about the DAWBA by visiting www.dawba.info. This information will be used by NCMH to better understand young people’s mental health.
We also contact participants on a regular basis to update and offer opportunities to take part in further mental health research projects.
Taking part is voluntary: it’s up to you and your child to choose if you want to sign up. Choosing not to take part will not alter the care your child receives.