Understanding mental health, wellbeing and help-seeking with marginalised young men

The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) is leading a project that aims to advance mental health research for, and with, society’s most marginalised young men, together with the Universities of Strathclyde and Dundee.

‘MEN-MINDS: Co-producing change for better mental health for adolescent young men at the margins’ will work with three groups of adolescent young men (young men in conflict with the law, LGBTQ+ young men and migrant young men) who often face additional challenges to their mental health and wellbeing, as well as barriers to accessing mental health supports or participating in research.

Funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), under the call for ‘Advancing adolescent mental health and wellbeing research’, ‘MEN-MINDS’ is co-directed by Nina Vaswani, Principal Investigator (CYCJ), Professor Daniela Sime (University of Strathclyde), Dr Matthew Maycock and Dr Emma Lamont (University of Dundee).

The project aims to:

  • Advance adolescent mental health research by increasing understanding on how we can effectively engage marginalised adolescents in co-producing research, as well as produce more accessible research methods for adolescent young men;
  • Co-produce new knowledge and redefine concepts relating to adolescent marginalised masculinities, help-seeking, wellbeing and mental health;
  • Produce typologies of adolescent marginalised masculinities and identify key help-seeking constructs to guide the development of future research measures;
  • Engage with a wide range of non-academic partners to ensure that policy and practice change leads to long-lasting real-world impact.

MEN-MINDs will start on November 1, 2022, and run for two years. The project will share updates from ‘MEN-MINDS’ on a project website as the research progresses.

Recruitment will be underway for a researcher, with details to be shared soon.

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Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622


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