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Project Timeline: 2021-2025

This novel multi-site study is funded by the MRC and will explore young people’s experiences and understandings of mental health and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) using varied arts-based methods. ​​Adverse childhood experiences are negative, and potentially traumatic events, which may have lasting effects on health and well-being. This includes direct experiences of neglect; physical, mental or sexual abuse; adverse household experiences such as violence or substance abuse; and community risks such as poverty and peer victimisation.

ATTUNE look to address knowledge gaps in:

  • Mechanisms
  • Young people's voice and influence
  • Neurodiversity
  • Psychoeducation and Public Health
  • Therapeutic Approaches
  • Mechanisms and the role of arts/digital arts in interventions for ACEs.

Work Packages

The ATTUNE Project is made up of six work packages (WP):

  • WP1 explores the lived experience of young people exposed to ACEs.
  • WP2 analyses the best methods to explain mental health outcomes following ACEs.
  • WP3 produces public mental health resources to help support and understand adolescent mental health.
  • WP4 involves young people in co-design of a digital serious game.
  • WP5 identifies key economic impacts ACEs and preliminary cost-effectiveness on the delivery of WP4.
  • WP6 shares findings with young people, clinicians, communities. policy and decision makers to produce guidance on care for young people following ACEs.

Main questions include:

  1. How do young people define and explain mental health and wellbeing, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)?
  2. What are the lived experiences by which ACEs in diverse young people unfold to affect or protect their mental health?
  3. Do creative and participatory arts approaches facilitate the generation of new and transformative experiential data to improve understanding and actions for prevention and care interventions?

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