The University’s research is made extra powerful by working with The Youth Advisory Group (YAG); 18 young people aged between 18-25 who meet monthly meetings to discuss research ideas.
Lizzie Mitchell, who struggled to get support when she was facing depression, anxiety and eating disorders, says: ‘Being involved in the Youth Advisory Group means I finally feel like I have a voice. I can use my experiences to help others and improve the system. We can fill in the gaps, because we’ve been in the gaps.’
Dr Maria Michail and Dr Anna Lavis are leading experts in the field of self-harm and suicide prevention. They seek to understand the underlying factors that drive self-harming and suicidal behaviour in young people to develop targeted interventions, which could lead to improved clinical practice, policy-making and community practices.