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BrainWaves is a major response to a growing youth mental health crisis. Our mission is to build the evidence base and resources to power new research and ensure schools become more effective environments for developing wellbeing in young people.

At the heart of this long-term programme is the creation of a new research platform which will combine data from different sources, including one of the largest-ever cohort studies of adolescents. The BrainWaves platform will increase in value over time as it provides a sophisticated framework for future research in areas such as genetics, neuroscience and at-scale therapeutic interventions.

BrainWaves will open a new chapter on adolescent mental health and wellbeing by:

  • Launching a new, rolling research cohort from a diverse group of UK secondary schools to enhance the evidence base in adolescent mental health
  • Giving researchers in the UK and globally free access to vital data assets, enabling new insights into prevention and treatment
  • Providing cutting-edge, evidence-backed educational resources for teachers and students
  • Designing effective therapeutic interventions focused on what’s best for young people


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