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Become a Youth Advisor for the Global Mental Health Databank Project

The University of Oxford has an exciting opportunity for young people who are passionate about mental health to be involved in shaping a new study called the Global Mental Health Databank Project.

This will put a Young People's Advisory Group at the centre of an innovative project, conducted in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, to help a group of researchers design and implement an online platform where psychological treatments are more available to young people.

As a Youth Advisor, you will be brought in as an expert on your own experiences, whatever they may be.

If you meet the criteria listed below, we want to hear from you. There are no wrong answers. We encourage applications from young people of different ethnicities, and we especially want to hear from young men and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) young people as your voices are underrepresented in mental health spaces and research.

Fill out a short online application form here. Applications close on 2nd March, 2021. If you have any questions or reservations about filling out the form, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Youth Advisor, Emily Bampton at We want to hear from you! BENEFITS

  • Shaping an exciting new global study.

  • Working with your peers to develop mental health interventions for future generations.

  • Building your knowledge of how mental health research is conducted, including governance models and youth engagement.

  • Financial reimbursement for your time and energy: £10 an hour for up to 8 hours of work a month (including group meetings, feedback and engagement outside of meetings, paid based on engagement).

  • Provides good experience for job or university applications.


  • Aged between 16-24 years and normally resident anywhere in the UK.

  • Passionate about the mental health of the young people.

  • Would benefit or have benefited from support for mental health problems (such as anxiety and low mood) and/or have received such support.

  • Have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer.

  • Able to commit to 6 months of 2-3 hour online meetings every 2 weeks, plus answering questions and engaging outside of meetings e.g. email or Whatsapp.


  • Co-designing the key questions of our project and reviewing the active ingredients (the things we want to measure) to see if they are realistic for the databank to collect information.

  • Co-designing the mobile platform we use to collect mental health-related data from youth e.g. smart phone app.

  • Providing advice and perspectives on how best to collect data among young people in the UK, South Africa, and India.

  • Providing feedback to researchers, through the International Advisory Group and planning for future research.

  • Providing feedback on other topics relevant to research such as ethical issues and privacy concerns.

Please fill out a short application form here. Applications close on 2nd March, 2021. You can read the full details of the study and further details on the Young People's Advisory Group here. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I APPLY?

  • You will be contacted by a member of our team by the end of March 2021.

  • If you are selected based on our criteria, we will arrange for a brief introduction meeting with other youth advisors.

  • This will not be paid, but this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and get a feel for the project.

  • After this, we will look to you to commit to be part of the project for 6 months.

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