MH:2K is our powerful model for engaging young people in conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing in their local area. Through it we focus on working with young people aged 14-25 who have direct experience of mental health issues or who are from at-risk groups. Just as importantly, we also work with local decision-makers and researchers.

For the young people, we empower them to:

  • Identify the mental health issues that they see as most important;
  • Engage their peers in discussing and exploring these topics;
  • Work with key local decision-makers to make recommendations for change.

For decision-makers and researchers, we help them to harness young people’s experiences and views. They develop a deeper understanding of youth mental health issues, prevention, support and services in their area. They also gain new insights about effective solutions. They become able to better serve the diversity of their youth populations.

From September 2017 to July 2018, Involve ran MH:2K in North Tyneside, funded by the Wellcome Trust and North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, and supported by North Tyneside Local Authority. Find out more about the MH:2K programme and other areas we work in.

This page contains the final reports and resources from MH:2K North Tyneside.

Summary report

The summary report briefly runs through the project’s:

  • Findings and recommendations on youth mental health and emotional wellbeing;
  • Impacts to-date on the decision-makers, researchers and young people involved;
  • Methodology – MH:2K’s six stages and how they were delivered in North Tyneside.

You can read the summary report here.

Final project report

The final project report covers the same areas as the summary report but in greater depth.

You can read the final project report here.

Short film

Watch our short teaser film about the project.

Evaluation

MH:2K’s independent evaluation for 2017-18, is looking at all four areas we worked in: Birmingham, Central Lancashire, North Tyneside and Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The initial evaluation results suggest significant impacts on the decision-makers, researchers, and young people involved. Across the four local areas:

  • 92.8% of decision-makers and researchers who attended a Big Showcase event said that the recommendations are very useful; and 98.5% agreed or strongly agreed that they would do something new or differently as a result of the project; 

  • Citizen Researchers reported experiencing significant benefits. Among other examples, 91% said that their knowledge of mental health issues had increased. 89% identified improvements to their presentation skills, 86% to their confidence and 82% to their feelings of wellbeing. 86% said that they now felt more optimistic about their future. 

  • Roadshow participants only spent one hour engaged with the project, but 60% reported gaining a greater awareness of where to go for help, and 47% said they would now have more confidence to seek help if they needed it. 


The full evaluation report from 2017/18 will be available here as soon as it is ready.

Further resources and information

We will post further resources from the project here as they are completed.

If you would like more information about MH:2K, and/or have queries about running it in your area, please contact sarah@involve.org.uk

Listing and header photos: Nicola Gotts Photography Ltd