Catalyst Seminar Series in Children and Young People’s Mental Health

'Empty, alone, detached and misunderstood’: The importance of loneliness in understanding and improving young people’s mental health

On 10th March 2021 we ran a webinar on loneliness and mental health in young people as part of the UCL Catalyst seminar series, which is intended to spark fresh thinking and debate, featuring cutting-edge UCL research relevant for children and young people’s mental health and facilitating new connections between scientists working in different disciplines.

Four speakers from LSIMHRN gave 10-minute talks covering qualitative psychological, quantitative epidemiological, and clinically relevant approaches. These were followed by short responses from a panel representing clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, epidemiology and health care, and lived experience expertise.

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  • Professor Sonia Johnson, Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry and LSIMHRN joint-lead, will give an overview of the Network and will chair the webinar.
  • Sam Fardghassemi, PhD student in Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL, and LSIMHRN Early Career Researcher will speak on ‘The Causes and Experiences of Loneliness from the Perspective of Young People in London's Most Deprived Areas’
  • Dr Timothy Matthews, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London, and LSIMHRN Early Career Researcher will speaker on ‘A longitudinal twin study of loneliness and victimisation from childhood to young adulthood.’
  • Dr Eiluned (Ellie) Pearce, Research Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry UCL and LSIMHRN Coordinator, will speak on ‘Loneliness as an active ingredient to prevent or alleviate anxiety and depression in young people’

Panel members:

  • Chair: Professor Essi Viding, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in Psychology and Language Sciences UCL, and LSIMHRN Co-Investigator.
  • Professor Roz Shafran, Chair in Translational Psychology in the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, and LSIMHRN Co-Investigator.
  • Professor Sarah Garfinkel, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and LSIMHRN member
  • Dr Alison McKinlayCOVID Social Study and UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care
  • Helina Tadesse (LSIMHRN Co-Production Group)
  • Lizzie Mitchell (Loneliness as an Active Ingredient Lived Experience Advisory Group