CAMHS.Digital are determined to make sure that children and young people (CYP) play a huge role in our work. Children and young people are always at the heart of what we do and we truly value their contribution. We have thought carefully about how we can listen to and incorporate CYP views in our research, and we are committed to helping them to drive the CAMHS.Digital research agenda.
The CAMHS.Digital Young People’s Advisory Group (CDYPAG) was developed to offer young people aged 16-24 a space where they can discuss digital mental health, learn new skills, and help us develop high quality, relevant digital mental health research.
The CDYPAG hosts interesting and fun weekly sessions on MS Teams, meaning young people from across the country (and dare we say it, the world!) to take part in: workshops for the creation of new mental health apps; events to discuss mental health issues; planning conferences and dissemination events where young people will gain new skills; presentations on developing research projects that will benefit young people; and much more! These workshops will give Citizen Researchers the chance to develop a variety of new research skills, experience state-of-the-art digital technologies, meet new people and improve the mental health of others. It is hoped that they will become nationally recognized as a group of ‘experts’ in digital mental health for their peers.
Our Citizen Researchers also develop a Podcast and a Blog where their interests really get to shine through – we love learning more about what they’re interested in and how their contributions are shaping our research!
Overall, the involvement of our Citizen Researchers means that CAMHS.Digital will be driven and shaped by the individuals we are aiming to support, and will ensure that our research will have the expertise and approval of the people it will benefit. For updates on the work of our Citizen Researchers, keep checking our Blog or Contact Us to find out more.