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Deborah Caldwell

Three Schools' Mental Health Programme: Mental Health Practice Evaluation Scheme  - Improving mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations through collaborative research 

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Award Title: Mental Health Practice Evaluation Scheme 

Start Date: May 2022

End Date: March 2023

Location of Research: Bristol

Project Title: How do we improve mental health outcomes for children and young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups? An evaluation of a community-based approach. 

Brief Summary: 

A pilot, community-based mental health service for children and young people (CYP) aged 11-17 from black, Asian, and minoritised ethnic backgrounds is being provided in Bristol from March 2022 to March 2024. The pilot service will have a trauma-informed approach and will be jointly implemented by a community youth centre and a third-sector provider of youth wellbeing and mental health support services. Our study is a mixed-method process evaluation of this pilot service. It is hoped that the research will inform the future development and roll out of the service across Bristol. The study will use routinely collected service data, focus groups, and interviews with young people to explore the impact of the pilot service. The study will also interview providers and practitioners to explore their perceptions of the new service. The study acronym is ESTEEM (Enhancing Support To improvE wEllbeing in Minoritised young people​) and was co-produced with the collaborating organisations listed below. The specific aims are to: 

  1. Document the reach of the new service.  

  1. Describe the impact of the service on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.  

  1. Explore young people’s experience of the service and their perceptions of the impact on knowledge, attitudes, and skills regarding their mental health and wellbeing.    

  1.  Identify any barriers and facilitators to successful delivery, wider implementation and maintenance of the service from both provider and user perspectives. 

  1. Explore mental health professionals experience of the service and their perceptions of the impact on knowledge, skill, and confidence in supporting minoritised CYP with their mental health and wellbeing 

Methods: For aims (ii) to (v), the project will use interviews and focus groups. Routinely collected service data will also be used to inform aims (i) and (ii). 

Benefits anticipated: Findings from the evaluation will be used to refine the intervention, if necessary, and will directly inform future commissioning decisions. If there is evidence of sufficient intervention reach, impact, acceptability and improved access to mental health services, it is hoped that the intervention will be recommissioned and extended across Bristol.