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We are a group of 16-25 year olds with lived experience of using mental health services, or caring for someone who has used these services. We meet every three months and invite researchers or research teams who would like our advice and support to come and discuss their projects.

Group of young people talking

Founded in January 2014, by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network: Mental Health. Currently, we are hosted and funded by the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) and NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. We were established in light of increasing awareness of the importance of service user involvement in research. Our primary goals include:

  • Act as a point of contact for researchers seeking Patient and Carer Involvement and Engagement (PCIE) on studies relating to young people.
  • Raise the profile of research into young people’s mental health.
  • Promote the young service user/carer perspective in mental health research.
  • Identify and share good practice in service user and carer involvement
  • Collaborate with the wider NIHR family and charities on specific projects.

“Being part of the Young Person’s Mental Health Advisory Group has definitely made me more aware of different mental health issues and how these can be dealt with. But it’s more than that, I feel like it’s enabled me to develop personally and I’m much more confident now.”

“I’ve learned of the complexities surrounding research methodology and been involved with the early stages of some exciting new research proposals.”

“The group has opened my eyes to the opportunities out there to get involved in research. Mental health is a part of my life, and it is reassuring to know that there are places that allow me to use my experiences to help others.”

Join the Young Person's Mental Health Advisory Group

If you are interested in joining the group and meet the criteria below, then please complete our application form and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


  • Aged 16-25
  • Resident in the UK
  • Have personal experience of using mental health services, and/or caring for somebody who has used these services
  • Able to attend a four-hour meeting every three months either online or in Central London

Our Partners

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NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre

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If you have any questions about joining the group as a new member, or coming to present as a researcher, please email us at

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