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The NIHR Programme Public Health Research (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the topic: 22/80 Interventions to promote mental health and wellbeing among young women

PHR commissions research to answer the following research question:

·         What interventions are effective to promote good mental health and wellbeing among young women aged 12-24?

The PHR Programme is predominantly interested in the evaluation of interventions operating at a population level rather than at an individual level, which should address health inequalities and the wider determinants of health. The PHR Programme recognises that interventions might focus on young women’s experience of trauma, violence and abuse and use a trauma-informed approach. However, this call is not for evaluations of interventions that tackle or treat issues resulting from specific pathologies, for example eating disorders.

Research areas of interest could include (but are not limited to):

·         Public mental health interventions that focus on prevention of mental ill-health among young women.

·         Evaluations of interventions where the primary focus of the intervention is not necessarily on improving and promoting good mental health but the outcome might impact on wellbeing and mental health (positively and negatively). This could include, for example, gender specific youth projects which support young women living in poverty.

·         Programmes for young women’s mental health that take a whole communities approach. This could include interventions:

·         around settings such as schools, colleges, universities, work places, leisure services and venues, places of worship, community groups and services, health centres, criminal justice services; or

·         focusing on specific population groups such as young women from ethnic minority groups, young women who identify as LGBTQ+, or young women facing different forms of disadvantage.

·         Evaluations of interventions that address the multiple, interacting disadvantages that affect the most marginalised young women.

·         Evaluations of interventions to support pregnant young women for example, interventions to enhance social networks.

·         Evaluations of interventions that take a holistic, person-centred approach.

·         Peer support interventions.

·         Interventions related to social media / online images and messages.

Stage 1 deadline: 1pm on 29 November 2022


NIHR are holding a webinar on Wednesday 28 September, 14:45–16:00, to support applications to this (and other commissioned workstreams). To sign up for the webinar click on the link above.

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