Helping to provide evidence to support health decisions about children and young people’s mental health is a major priority for Cochrane Common Mental Disorders. To ensure we deliver effectively for Children and Young People we are currently establishing a satellite of our Cochrane Review Group focused on Children and Young People’s Mental Health.
The new Children and Young People (CMD-CYP) Satellite will be based at The University of Auckland in New Zealand led by our joint Co-ordinating Editor Sarah Hetrick. Sarah will work with a team of experienced editors who are specialists in Youth Mental Health. The work of the Satellite will have a strong emphasis on input from children and young people (including those from indigenous populations e.g. Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people) and will link with national mental health workforce development organisations through their youth advisory groups.
The Satellite is in an early phase of activity and will formally launch in 2020 after an extensive priority setting exercise with Young People. In 2018 we secured funding for the Satellite’s priority setting project via a catalyst grant from the Royal Society Te Apārangi led by the University of Auckland, in collaboration with Orygen - the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (an affiliate of the University of Melbourne), the University of Otago, and Cochrane Common Mental Disorders (based at the University of York). As part of this project we are currently encouraging young people over 16, and anyone who supports young people’s mental health, to complete a short anonymous survey.
Find out more about the priority setting project.