Building a healthier future for our young people

As part of the MRC funded Mental Health Data Pathfinder award, researchers from the University of Glasgow and University of St Andrews are establishing a new Scottish Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE) and are inviting schools to take part in the pilot study. Pupil health and academic attainment are intertwined. Healthier pupils have higher attainment. Adolescence is a critical period for young people’s health and wellbeing. About three quarters of all psychiatric disorders begin before age 18 but mental health research during childhood and adolescence has been relatively neglected compared to research within older age groups. The aim of SHINE is to support improvements in health and wellbeing amongst school-aged children by building a collaboration between schools, researchers and policy-makers.