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Podcast exploring whether exercise can help teens with low mood?

In this edition of NSFT’s podcast series – Mental Health and You it is the turn of NSFT Research to get behind the microphone.

Kayte Rowe, co-investigator on the READY Trial and Kiersten Wakefield the READY Trial delivery lead come together to talk about why we are researching exercise and low mood in young people for this latest study the READY trial. They chat about how common low mood/depression is in young people, what to look out for if you are a parent, which groups it particularly affects and how activity might help.

Kiersten fills us in on how the trial is run and what is involved and how young people have had an input in the creation of the trial.

Do have a listen to NSFT’s podcast by looking up Mental Health and You wherever you get your podcasts and subscribing (all free) – or download Apple Podcasts or google podcasts if you haven’t listened to one before. It comes out every fortnight from one of four departments within NSFT – Recovery College, School and parent support, Wellbeing and Research.

The research project talked about in this podcast is the READY trial - this study aims to see if physical activity improves the symptoms of low mood in young people aged 13 – 17 years old. Young people that take part will be asked to attend one of three groups twice a week for 12 weeks. The group activities will either be high intensity exercise, low intensity exercise or social non-exercise based activities. If you, or someone you know, is suffering from low mood you may be interested in taking part in this study.

 Any young people interested in finding out more should contact the research team at NSFT by email:  researchinfo@nsft.nhs.uk

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Understanding mental health needs of young people using the ambulance service

Young people tell us their lived experiences of using the ambulance service due to a mental health crisis in a recent evaluation called SEAMLESS. NSFT Research has launched a new short film about SEAMLESS on how we can better understand the mental health needs of young people using the ambulance service.

Despite the fact the ambulance service is on the front-line of providing mental health care for young people in crisis, there is a lack of evidence to guide best practice in this area. This film made by NSFT Research with East of England Ambulance service explains their evaluation, which will offer important insights to guide service development and future research.    

This project was funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration East of England (ARC EoE) programme. To take part in research do go to Be a part of research.

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