Young People’s Mental Health: Research Articles and Reports

Below is a selection of research articles and reports from policy and practice relevant to the TRIUMPH Network’s focus on taking a public health approach to young people’s mental health.

Research updates

Quarterly update providing summaries of key pieces of research published over the previous three months related to the TRIUMPH research themes: key groups, social connections & relationships, and schools & other education settings. There is also an additional section on COVID-19 research on young people’s mental health. 

May 2021

October 2021

Publications by TRIUMPH Network Management Team


International perspectives on social media use among adolescents: Implications for mental and social well-being and substance use. Boniel-Nissim, M., van den Eijnden, R., Furstova, J., Marino, C., Lahti, H., Inchley, J., Smigelskas, K., Vieno, A. & Badura, P. (2021) Computers in Human Behavior. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2021.107144

The impact of school closure on adolescents’ wellbeing, and steps toward to a new normal: the need for an assessment tool update? Paakkari, L., Jourdan, D., Inchley, J. & Torppa, M. (2021) Adolescents. DOI: 10.3390/adolescents1030027

Co-production as an Emerging Methodology for Developing School-Based Health Interventions with Students Aged 11–16: Systematic Review of Intervention Types, Theories and Processes and Thematic Synthesis of Stakeholders’ Experiences. Reed, H., Couturiaux, D., Davis, M., Edwards, A, Janes E., Kim, H. S., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Murphy S., Rotevatn, T. A., Smith, J. & Evans, R. (2021). Prevention Science. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-020-01182-8

An intervention to improve teacher well-being support and training to support students in UK high schools (the WISE study): A cluster randomised controlled trial. Kidger, J., Turner, N., Hollingworth, W., Evans, R., Bell, S., Brockman, R., Copeland, L., Fisher, H., Harding, S., Powell, J., Araya, R., Campbell, R., Ford, T., Gunnell, D., Murphy, S. & Morris, R. (2021). PLoS Med. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003847

Mental health support and training to improve secondary school teachers’ well-being: the WISE cluster RCT. Kidger, J., Evans, R., Bell, S., Fisher, H., Turner, N., Hollingworth, W., Harding, S., Powell, J., Brockman, R., Copeland, L., Araya, R., Campbell, R., Ford, T., Gunnell, D., Morris, R. & Murphy, S. (2021). Public Health Research. DOI:10.3310/phr09120


Taking emotions seriously: fund and pride in participatory research. Wright, L.H.V., Tisdall, E.K.M. and Moore, N. (November 2021) Emotion, Space and Society 41. DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2021.100836.

Beyond the familiar challenges for children and young people’s participation rights: the potential of activismTisdall, E.K.M. and Cuevas-Parra, P. (August 2021) The International Journal of Human Rights. DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2021.1968377

The emotional relations of children’s participation rights in diverse social and spatial contexts advancing the field. Blaisdell, C., Kustatscher, M., Zhu, Y. and Tisdall, E.K.M. (August 2021) Emotion, Space and Society 40, DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2021.100816.

The importance of mental health measurement to improve global adolescent health. Guthold, R., Inchley, J., et al. (July 2021) Journal of Adolescent Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.03.030

New mental health research goals are an important step forward for child and adolescent mental health. Inchley, J., Cunningham, E., McMellon, C. and Maclachlan, A. (May 2021) Journal of Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2021.1898560

Systematic review of economic evaluations of children’s social care interventions. El-Banna, A., Evans, R., et al. (February 2021). Children and Youth Services Review 121, article number: 105864. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105864

Theorising health professionals’ prevention and management practices with children and young people experiencing self-harm: a qualitative hospital-based case study. MacDonald, S., Evans, R., et al. 2021.  Sociology of Health and Illness 43(1), pp. 201-219.  DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.13211

It’s ok to think freely: how participation changed us McMellon, C., Dempsie, K., and Eltiraifi, M. (2021) in Bruselius-Jenson, M. Pitti, I. and Tisdall, EKM. Young People’s Participation: Revisiting Youth and Inequalities in Europe, Policy Press. Book chapter on Young Edinburgh Action involvement, exploring the experiences of young people and staff involved in Young Edinburgh Action, a youth participation project that was a TRIUMPH partner organisation.

Developing a whole-school mental health and wellbeing intervention through pragmatic formative process evaluation: A case-study of innovative local practice within the School Health Research Network Gobat, N., Evans, R.,  Murphy, S. et al. 2021. BMC Public Health 21, article number: 154. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-10124-6

Care-experienced cHildren and young people’s Interventions to improve Mental health and wEll-being outcomes: Systematic review (CHIMES) protocol Evans Rhiannon., Boffey Maria., MacDonald Sarah., Jane Noyes Jane., Melendez-Torres G J., Morgan Helen E., Trubey Rob., Robling Michael., Willis Simone., Wooders Charlotte. British Medical Journal, 202

Co-production as an emerging methodology for developing school-based health interventions with students aged 11-16: Systematic review of intervention types, theories and processes and thematic synthesis of stakeholders’ experiences Reed H., Couturiaux D., Davis M., Edwards A., Janes E., Kim H., Melendez-Torres G.J., Murphy S., Rotevatn T.A., Smith J., Evans R. Prevention Science, 2020 
Delivery of a mental health first aid training package and staff peer support service in secondary schools: a process evaluation of uptake and fidelity of the WISE intervention Fisher H., Harding S., Bell S., Copeland L., Evans R., Powell J., Araya R., Campbell R., Ford T., Gunnell D., Murphy S., Kidger J. Trials, 2020
A digital intervention for adolescent depression ‘MoodHwb’: mixed-methods feasibility evaluation Bevan Jones R., Thapar A., Rice F., Mars B., Shameem Agha S., Smith D., Merry S., Stallard P., Thapar A.K., Jones I., Simpson S.A. JMIR Mental Health, 2020.

Practitioner review: Co-design of digital mental health technologies with children and young people Bevan Jones R., Stallard P., Agha S., Rice S., Werner-Seidler A., Stasiak K., Kahn J., Simpson S., Alvarez-Jimenez M., Rice F., Evans R., Merry S. The Journal of Child and Psychology and Psychiatry, 2020 Video abstract

Cross-national time trends in adolescent mental well-being from 2002 to 2018 and the explanatory role of schoolwork pressure Cosma A., Stevens G., Martin G., Duinhof E.L., Walsh S.D., Garcia-Moya I., Költo A., Gobina I., Canale N., Catunda C., Inchley J., de Looze M. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2020

Adolescents’ intense and problematic social media use and their well-being in 29 countries Boer M., van den Eijnden R., Boniel-Nissim M., Wong S., Inchley J., Badura P., Craig W., Gobina I., Kleszczewska D., Klanscek H.J., Stevens G. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2020

Enhancing understanding of adolescent health and well-being: the health behaviour in school-aged children study
Inchley J. C., Stevens G. W.J. M., Samdal O., Currie D. B. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2020

Mental health disorders and adolescent peer relationships
Long E., Gardani M., McCann M., Sweeting H. , Tranmer M. and Moore L. Social Science and Medicine2020

Inter-professional practice in the prevention and management of child and adolescent self-harm: Foster carers’ and residential carers’ negotiation of expertise and professional identity  Jennings S., Evans R. Sociology of Health & Illness, 2020

Socioeconomic status, mental wellbeing and transition to secondary school: analysis of the School Health Research Network/Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey in Wales Moore G.F., Anthony R. E., Hawkins J., Van Godwin J., Murphy S., Hewitt G., Melendez-Torres G.J. British Educational Research Journal, 2020

Children and young people’s participation rights: looking backwards and moving forwards  McMellon C., Tisdall E.K.M. International Journal of Children’s Rights, 2020

Adolescent self-harm prevention and intervention in secondary schools: A survey of staff in England and Wales
Evans R., Parker R., Russell A., Matthews F., Ford T., Hewitt G., Scourfield J., Janssens A. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2019

SAFETEL randomised controlled feasibility trial of a safety planning intervention with follow-up telephone contact to reduce suicidal behaviour: study protocol  O’Connor R.C., Lundy J., Stewart C., Smillie S., McClelland H., Syrett S., Gavigan M., McConnachie A., Smith M., Smith D., Brown G.K., Stanley B., Simpson S.A. BMJ Open, 2019

Student health and wellbeing in Wales: Report of the 2017/18 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey and School Health Research Network Student Health and Wellbeing Survey  Hewitt G., Anthony R., Moore G., Melendez-Torres G., Murphy S. Project Report, Cardiff University, 2019  

Psychoeducational interventions in adolescent depression: A systematic review Bevan Jones R., Thapar A., Stone Z., Thapar A., Jones I., Smith D. and Simpson S. Patient Education and Counseling, 2018

A web-based psychoeducational intervention for adolescent depression: design and development of MoodHwb
Bevan Jones R.
, Thapar A., Rice F., Beeching H., Cichosz R., Mars B., Smith D., Merry S., Stallard P., Jones I., Thapar A.K., Simpson S.A. JMIR Mental Health, 2

Recent publications

Shared goals for mental health research: what, why and when for the 2020s
Wykes,T., Bell, A., Carr, S., Coldham, T., Gilbody, S., Hotopf, M., Johnson, S., Kabir, T., Pinfold, V., Sweeney, A., Jones, P. B., Cathy Creswell, C. (2021). Paper discusses four overarching goals designed to speed up implementation of mental health research and give a clear direction for researchers and funders to focus their efforts when it comes to better understanding the treatment of mental health.

Debate: The impact of school closures and lockdown on mental health in young people.
Townsend, E. (2020),
Child Adolescent Mental Health, 25: 265-266.