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The HYPE Project (improving the Health of Young PEople)

The improving the Health of Young PeoplE (HYPE) Project, is an online recruitment and resource platform for young adults aged 16 and over. The HYPE Project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London (REC Reference Number: HR-17/18-7535).

The HYPE project was created  to facilitate young people’s involvement in research and improve access to online and community-based social and health-related resources.

We invite young people to participate in an online research survey investigating social experiences together with psychological and biological factors impacting health and health service use. On completion of the online survey, each participant will be entered into a monthly prize draw where you have a chance to win one of three £10 Amazon vouchers. We will use the data from the survey to identify the needs of young people and develop  online resources to meet those needs. 

The HYPE Project website also offers a range of FREE resources including a list of charities and organisations that provide services to young people; self-help materials; online learning and videos, and information about free community-based events and activities. These resources are FREE and available to anyone, regardless of whether the person completes the survey.

We also deliver public engagement activities in partnership with the Health inequalities Research Network (HERON), to create dialogue and promote action. These activities focus on promoting diversity and inclusion, incorporating multiple formats of engagement (e.g. through photography, physical activity, research methods training, music).

To find out more about The HYPE Project go to our website.


Beyond the HYPE Podcast

Beyond the HYPE is a podcast co-created by the HYPE Project research team and young people involved in the project. The series presents discussion around young people’s health and well-being for example,  the link between physical exercise and health, social welfare issues, discrimination and health inequalities.  Listen at

The HYPE Project Blog

Our newly created  blog series is another way to inform young people about research on various topics such as exercise, nutrition, mental health and others. You can read our existing blog posts at

Some examples of our presence at conferences

The HYPE Project launched at the 2018 HERON conference included presentations, workshops, discussion, art and more on the theme of ‘current and future directions in health equity research and action’ from researchers, community organisations, and healthcare representatives. The conference took a future-orientated perspective to explore how we can learn from present research and tackle inequalities through future research and action.

Together with our young people, The HYPE Project presented an interactive demonstration session at the annual NIHR Maudsley BRC Conference. As part of the session, we interviewed the conference attendees asking them to introduce themselves, tell us about their work and how they found the conference this year.