Coram International is carrying out a study in collaboration with UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, looking at young people’s experiences of mental health detention. The study explores whether young people’s rights are being upheld when they are admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit. We hope that findings from the study will help to improve young people’s experience of inpatient care, particularly with regards to informal admissions.

We are looking for individuals aged 12-24 who have previously been admitted to a secure mental health inpatient unit for a long-term stay (over 48 hours, though more likely a month+). It does not matter if your admission was voluntary or under a section of the Mental Health Act. If you are aged 18-24, it is important that your experience of being in a mental health inpatient unit occurred before you reached the age of 18.

Taking part in the study would involve a one-to-one interview with a researcher in which you will be asked to answer questions about your experiences of being in a mental health inpatient unit, including the admissions process and your experiences during your stay. These interviews will be recorded and are expected to last between 30-90 minutes, depending on how much you choose to say. Interviews will be completely confidential and can take place at a location convenient to you, or online. If you do choose to take part, you will be reimbursed for your time with a £10 Amazon voucher. This research has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee and by the Coram Ethics Committee.

If you would be interested in taking part or would like more information please contact: or