The Adolescent Data Platform (ADP) for Mental Health Research brings together a huge range of information relating to the mental health of young people aged 10-24 from across the UK.
With core funding from mental health research charity MQ, we provide an unprecedented resource for researchers and policy-makers to improve understanding of mental illness in young people, address historical service challenges, and tackle inequalities in mental health.
The platform, which launched in 2018, brings together data from places such as hospitals, GP surgeries, and schools, as well as cohort and survey data. It includes electronic health records, genomic and other data that is all stored safely and securely in the ADP UKSeRP and for Wales based data only the SAIL Databank.
Initial studies include:
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – ACEs are potentially stressful or traumatic experiences like abuse, neglect or growing up with a parent who has their own mental health issues. We are exploring ACEs’ impact on the development of children’s and young people’s mental health, particularly psychotic disorders. We hope that, through a better understanding of what causes mental health issues, we can influence future support that might help prevent children and young people from developing mental illnesses.
- Education – We are linking data from education with existing health data to better understand whether there are opportunities to identify children at highest risk of developing mental health issues through their attainment levels at key educational milestones. We hope that a better knowledge of the information held within these datasets could be used inform future support tailored for the children and young people who are most at risk.
- Contacts across services (primary care, emergency departments and hospital).
The Adolescent Data Platform for Mental Health Research, led by Professor Ann John, has attracted a total of £1.6 million by funders including the MQ: Transforming Mental Health – an international mental health research charity organisation and the MRC.