'Virtual café' launches for young people in Sussex

19th May
2020

A new initiative is launching in Sussex to get young people involved in mental health research.

The virtual Youth Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Café is a project organised by the PPI team at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Sussex and Hampshire.

The café is a virtual space where young people, aged 16-22 with lived experience of mental health conditions, can come together to improve youth involvement in research.

Abigail Thompson, a support worker with the Youth PPI Café team, said: “This will be an entirely youth led space. I, along with two Research Assistants working within research and development, will be leading the session to make this more of a peer-based network, made up entirely of young service users and young professionals.

“I also want to highlight the fact that this space is not therapeutic and that the focus is very much on being a part of mental health research, rather than offering any emotional support during this time.”

The first session is being held on Tuesday 19 May, between 2pm and 3pm, and is available for anyone who wants to learn more about mental health research and have their say on what is important to them.

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“The café is a virtual space where young people, aged 16-22 with lived experience of mental health conditions, can come together to improve youth involvement in research. This will be an entirely youth led space, to make this more of a peer-based network, made up entirely of young service users and young professionals.”