Frequently Asked Questions

ADP stands for The Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform. The ADP is a nationwide resource that offers opportunities for innovative research in the field of child and adolescent mental health. The ADP can provide new insights in child and adolescent mental health which can support the improvement of health and wellbeing of children and young people. The ADP is funded by MQ, a charity that champions and funds world-class research to transform the lives of everyone affected by a mental health condition.

The ADP is dedicated to collaborating with data providers, research organisations, researchers and the public in order to produce innovative research that will make a difference in the field of mental health in children and adolescents. The data will only be made available to those with research questions that have genuine purposes and have the potential for benefit. The anonymisation process that we adhere to ensures that there will never be the potential to identify the individuals that are represented in the data that we hold.

No. The ADP does not hold any data that could potentially lead to any individual’s identity being known. Any personally identifiable details are removed by a trusted third party prior to being sent to the platform.

More information on how patient data is used can be found here.

If there is a general query that a researcher would like to discuss, they should fill out the Contact Us form or send an email to If a researcher has a project that they would like to discuss then they should fill out the Feasibility Review form and a member of the team will be in touch.

A CV will be required from all applicants who wish to discuss a project with the team.

All submitted Feasibility Review forms are reviewed internally by the ADP team. Researchers will then be contacted to discuss their project in more detail with an ADP analyst. Once both parties are happy, the applicant will receive the Application form via email. This form will need to be filled out carefully and in full before being sent back for external review.

Once submitted, the application form will be sent to a panel of experts in research and data sharing for review and a decision on the approval of the research study will be made. This can take up to 42 days, however in some circumstances this can take longer dependant on the complexity of the study.