On 18 November 2019, Louise Arseneault and her team at King's College London hosted a launch event for the Catalogue of Mental Health Measures, an online platform containing documentation about existing mental health and wellbeing measures in UK cohort and longitudinal studies.
About the event
Mental health awareness has been steadily increasing the past few years. Estimates of the extent and the adverse impacts of mental health problems underline the urgent need for more research to better understand the causes and the consequences of mental ill health and to identify the most effective interventions. Existing longitudinal and cohort studies provide unique opportunities to answer key questions related to population mental health and wellbeing. But what has been collected? When? By whom? and how?
The UK boasts rich and world-renowned cohort and longitudinal studies which feature large sample sizes, wide breadths of measures and exceptionally long follow-up times. This offers unique opportunities to answer key questions about mental health and wellbeing.
A new catalogue to maximise the take up of mental health measures is being launched to provide easy access to information about the mental health measures included in British cohort and longitudinal studies.
It provides details of the measures and studies and is designed to serve as a resource for researchers seeking data that include mental health and wellbeing measures; planning harmonisation studies; or planning further data collection. The resource is intended also for researchers not familiar with mental health or from disciplines not related to mental health (e.g. demographers, geographers, urbanists, linguists).
The launch event will showcase the new platform which hosts data from over 45 longitudinal studies with over 3000 mental health and wellbeing measures on over 20 mental health and wellbeing topics.
10.30 Registration and tea/coffee
11.00 Rebecca Hardy: Meeting start and welcome
11.15 Louise Arseneault: Background of project on maximising the take up of mental health measures
11.45 Bridget Bryan: Introduction to the catalogue
12.30 George Ploubidis: Harmonisation of measures across UK cohorts
13.05 General group discussion
13.20 Barbara Maughan: Closing remarks
13.35 Meeting close and lunch
Visit the Catalogue of Mental Health Measures website.
Professor Louise Arseneault,
Professor of Developmental Psychology, King's College London
I began working at Kings in 2001 and am now a Professor of Developmental Psychology in the Department of Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry. My research interests are victimisation, mental disorders, and antisocial behaviours and their development.