|Project contact / lead
The ATTUNE Project investigates the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the mental health of young people aged 10-24 across the UK. ACEs include traumatic events in childhood, such as abuse or parental loss, which significantly affect mental health, leading to issues like anxiety and depression. This project uniquely employs arts-based research alongside traditional methods to deepen our understanding of these experiences.
Young people are central to ATTUNE, actively contributing to the design and delivery of the project. The team explores creative ways, like art, performance, and digital games, to help young people express their experiences. This approach aims to develop effective public health resources and educational tools, tailored to support young people's mental health.
ATTUNE's innovative methods and collaborative approach make it a significant contribution to mental health research, with practical applications in educational and healthcare settings.
|Prof Kamaldeep Bhui, University of Oxford
|Supporting Hospital and Paramedic Employees during and after Covid (SHAPE)
|SHAPE, a pioneering programme developed at the University of Oxford, targets the mental health of frontline healthcare workers, focusing on reducing PTSD and depression. With an evidence-based approach, SHAPE was initially designed for paramedics, achieving a 50% reduction in PTSD and depression rates. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme was adapted to address specific challenges faced by healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, and ICU staff, experiencing unprecedented stress and trauma.
Research findings highlight high PTSD and depression rates among healthcare staff, exacerbated by pandemic conditions. SHAPE, delivered through telephone-based wellbeing coaching over six weeks, shows impressive recovery rates: 94% for PTSD and 65% for depression. The project, concluding in September 2022, aims to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of training wellbeing coaches for wider implementation across the UK and potentially globally, aiming to create a healthier healthcare workforce and, by extension, improve patient care delivery.
|Prof Jennifer Wild, University of Oxford