Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network are working in partnership with the University of Sussex & SPFT on a new study which will focus on young people aged 16+ who are accessing mental health, well-being, social care and voluntary sector services to learn more about their current mental health, wellbeing, social activities and support. The information will be used to understand the social and psychological impacts of COVID-19 and to explore how best to support young people and their communities throughout and beyond the pandemic. The key research will then inform future system-wide planning and service delivery across Kent, Surrey and Sussex within health and local authorities.
Taking part will involve completing an online survey and/or an interview with a researcher. To explore any long-term social or psychological impacts of COVID-19 research participants will be invited to repeat the survey and/or interview in 6 months. The team are particularly keen to target those young people who are seldom heard at high risk.
The DisCOVery team aims to work collaboratively with service providers to establish the best way for each service to share information about the study and to offer it as an opportunity to get involved in – ensuring it is manageable and appropriate for the service and young people at this time.