THE ATTUNE PROJECT
Project Timeline: 2021-2025
This novel multi-site study 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:
- Young people's voice and influence
- Psychoeducation and Public Health
- Therapeutic Approaches
- Mechanisms and the role of arts/digital arts in interventions for ACEs.
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 form of therapy.
- 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:
- How do young people define and explain mental health and wellbeing, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)?
- What are the lived experiences by which ACEs in diverse young people unfold to affect or protect their mental health?
- 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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