Be Heard

Here at ADP we believe that the voices of young people are vital to asking the correct research questions and to the success of the platform. The Be Heard initiative is a movement aimed at involving young people to engage with our work to improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Be Heard has been co-developed by young people for young people. If you are passionate about supporting our work, take a look at how you can get involved with the Be Heard initiative.

Get Involved

Are you aged 14-25 and living in the UK? Join ADP and make a change!

ADP Champions

We run an ADP Champions group, which is a group of young people, who meet every few months to discuss and provide feedback regarding the ADP’s work. Their advice is crucial to the success of the ADP through helping our researchers to make their work directly relevant to young people.

The group also provides feedback on research documents, such as consent forms, study protocols and questionnaires.

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The Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) has been set up by MQ to keep young people involved in the work that they do. This group is made up of a range of young people that have had personal experience of mental illness or that have supported family members or close friends that have been affected by a mental health condition.

If you are aged 16-25 and interested in getting involved with the YPAG, you can read up more here or contact for more information and an application form.


Become A BeHeard Blogger

What's the blog about?

The BeHeard Blog gives young people the opportunity to share their stories to support others who could be experiencing difficulty with their mental health. Write a blog that can turn real life experiences into a helpful story for other young people to support their journey through mental health.

Writing for us

We welcome anyone aged between 14-25, and living in the UK to write for us. To become a BeHeard blogger please email us at

If you are under 18 years old, we will need your parent or guardian to give their consent.

Topics covered

We are interested in a range of different topics relating to young peoples mental health. These can range from real life stories about living with a condition, new approaches to recovery and previous engagement with research. Occasionally we invite young people to write about certain topics and themes throughout the year to include within our blog. However, please feel free to suggest a range of topics that you feel may be relevant and interesting to young people.

Your Stories

Tasneem Sati

03 June 2020

Tasneem talks about why she got involved with the Be Heard initiative and become an ADP Champion.

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Gemma Parry

06 November 2019

Gemma Parry blogs about her experiences living with mental health: the struggles and the successes… but we still have a long way to go.

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You Ask, You Direct

Do you have a question you would like to ask us? Do you have a research question that you want us to look into? Use the form below to get in touch.