Our research
Improving mental health for children and young people using digital technology

Our research aims to examine how a variety of different digital tools can be used to support children and adolescents experiencing mental health challenges.


How will we develop and test the digital tools?

We are working in partnership with the Children Growing Up in Liverpool (C-GULL) study. This aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families in Liverpool. The study is collecting data from 10,000 families to provide valuable insights into how we can improve health outcomes for children. This data will help us to better understand brain development in children and young people in our local communities.

We will take data from the C-GULL project and analyse it in more detail using our own Combined Intelligence for Translational Health Research (CIX). We will use our Mental Health Avatar digital technology to support parents to help them understand their child’s behaviour and support their mental health.

New digital tools, such as apps and gaming, to assess and support mental health will be developed in collaboration with children and young people in our local communities as well as industry partners.

Our overall aim is to improve the outcomes for children and young people in areas such as education, wellbeing, life opportunities, and quality of life.

Dr Roshelle Ramkisson, M-RIC Theme Lead Investigator, discusses the aims of the research work package


Where can I find out more information and how can I get involved?

We welcome involvement and interest from service users, members of the public, healthcare, academia, the third sector and industry in our research. To find out more visit our get involved page or contact us.

Research into new digital tools, such as apps and gaming, to assess and support mental health