The Midlands and East Mental Health and Wellbeing project is being undertaken by the University’s Social and Cultural Research in Psychology Group (SCRIP).

Funded by the former Midlands Strategic Health Authority, this regional project focuses on broadening access to mental health services for children and young people and on embedding routine monitoring in mental health services. The project work involves the evaluation of 14 mental health projects across the Midlands and East of England.

The programme will attempt to address the national ‘Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) initiative developed by the Department of Health. Specifically, this research aims to broaden access to psychological therapies and embed routine outcomes monitoring in practice, resulting in more responsive services that are participatory for children, young people and their families. Overall, the project aims to ensure that mental health services within the Midlands are working well for both children and young people.

Research undertaken throughout this project will further enhance teaching within the Psychology division as well as supporting the local area in raising awareness of mental health.