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Research project: Evidence-based programmes for promotion and prevention in mental health (Nind) - Dormant - Dormant

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August 2007 - August 2010 A database, guidelines and training for policy and practice: evidence and outcomes of school based programmes for children and adolescents.

Mental disorders account for 20% of European ill-health and premature death. Social and economic costs (between 3%-4% of GDP) include reduced productivity and increased levels of crime. The social capital of Europe can be increased and the burden of mental ill health reduced by implementing evidence based mental health promotion (MHP) and mental disorder prevention (MDP) programmes. To date, a lack of access to the available evidence- based practice across Europe, the lack of a systematic information system on programme outcomes, and a lack of guidelines for improving sustained programmes, all contribute to a lack of co-ordination and to a poor quality of implementation across Europe. This situation leads to negative impacts for policy making, practice and research across Europe, particularly when the WHO Declaration and the EC Green Paper for Mental Health have increased political support for implementing MHP and MDP.

Gathering and building on research and evidence across settings and relevant sectors, DATAPREV aims to add value to EU and country policies by deepening the understanding and enhancing the scientific base for MHP and MDP. DATAPREV will develop a standardized online information system collecting available MHP and MDP practice for infants, children, working and elder populations, describing and synthesising the evidence base, describing programme outcomes for increased cognitive and emotional development, reduced mental ill health, decreased psychiatric symptoms and disorders, and improved positive mental health. DATAPREV will outline the social and economic outcomes such as increased education attainment and decreased sick leave costs. DATAPREV will also support policy making, research and practice by translating the evidence collected into guidelines and training for informed decision making, understanding effective interventions, improving existing implementation, and providing the arguments and outcomes for investing in effective interventions across Europe.

Contribution of the University of Southampton

This part of the project, to be led by Southampton, will collect, describe and make available across Europe comprehensive information on school-based programmes for promoting mental health and preventing mental disorders for children and adolescents and will appraise the evidence and systematically identify best practice.

Tasks include:

  • Collection and analysis of programmes through systematic literature searches using Cochrane collaboration standards 
  • Collection and analysis of grey literature programmes identified through relevant 
  • Input of programme descriptions and outcomes in the internet database
  • Synthesis of the evidence in the collected programmes and quantitative analyses of the outcomes (through meta-analytical techniques when possible)
  • Evidence appraisal of inputted programmes and best practice identification
  • Preparation of a report of the state of the art with overview of outcomes and situation across Europe.

The main methods used to develop these outputs will involve desk-based research, reviews of the official and scientific literature, engagement of key stakeholders to identify grey literature, systematic coding and description of practices and systematic research synthesis applying meta-analytical techniques, where possible, for the preparation of the report.

Participating staff and roles

  • CO - represented by Dr Eva Jané-Llopis, Radboud University (RU), Nijmegen, The Netherlands 
  • WP Leader, Infant and Family - Professor Sarah Stuart-Brown, University of Warwick, UK
  • WP Leader, Schools - Professor Katherine Weare & Dr Melanie Nind, University of Southampton, UK
  • WP Leader, Workplace - Professor Cary Cooper, UK
  • WP Leader, Elderly - Professor Kristian Wahlbeck, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • WP Leader, Economics - Mr David McDaid, London School of Economics, UK
  • Participant WP Evidence (3 colleagues) - Professor Heinz Katschnig, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, Austria; Professor Clemens Hosman, Radboud University (RU), Nijmegen, The Netherlands and Dr Paul Brounstein, Samsha, USA.

Fuller details are shown under the Staff tab.

Funding body: European Union.

Related research groups

Centre for Research in Inclusion


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