The Brief Education Supported Treatment (BEST) Project
What is the aim of the BEST project?
Young people spend a lot of their time at school or college. So making sure that young people with mental health difficulties receive the right support at school and college is important.
The aim of the project is to try out a new way of supporting young people experiencing problems like very strong feelings, difficulties getting along with other people, not knowing who they are as a person, doing risky things, and self-harm (symptoms of BPD). The new approach involves mental health services working with staff from the young person's school or college.
We want to find out whether this new way of providing support is feasible and whether it will be possible to run a future project testing whether it improves outcomes.
What is the borderline personality disorder (BPD)?
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental health problem. Symptoms of BPD include:
Around 3% of adolescents experience symptoms of BPD, roughly one young person in every classroom. These symptoms can make life very difficult for the young people who experience them and the people around them. BUT not all adolescents with BPD symptoms go on to meet diagnostic criteria for BPD. By intervening early, we hope we can reduce the number of young people who go on to develop BPD. Why are we working with schools and colleges?Although effective treatments for adolescent BPD symptoms exist, few young people get access to these treatments which are only offered by specialist services. As a result, opportunities to intervene early to stop symptoms becoming worse are often missed. We think that if health professionals work together with colleagues from schools and colleges, more young people can be offered access to the support they need at an earlier stage. What is the BEST intervention?6 sessions:
Delivered with schools and colleges:
How do I make a referral?
For more information about the study or make a referral, please contact the study team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Brioney Gee (01603 974701) or Sophie Farthing 01603 974692.
If you know a young person who might be interested in taking part in the project, please speak to them (and their parent/carer if under 16) to see if they'd be interested in finding out more and, if they are, check they're happy for their contact details to be passed to the study team.
If you'd like to discuss whether the project would be a good fit for a young person, please get in touch. We can provide you with a pre-screening questionnaire to complete with the young person to help decide whether to make a referral.
This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) HS&DR (Grant Reference Number 17/09/31). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.