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Evaluation of Right Here

A young people’s mental health initiative of the Paul Hamlyn and Mental Health Foundations

November 2014

Leila Baker, Elizabeth Balgobin, Ben Cairns, Ceri Hutton, Pat McGinn


This report brings together key findings on the processes and outcomes of the Right Here initiative, and lessons about funding and delivering support for young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Right Here was a five-year (2009 -2014) joint initiative of the two foundations that aimed to improve preventative and early intervention approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the UK. It was delivered across four local sites: Brighton and Hove, the London Borough of Newham, Sheffield and Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It offered a blend of activities to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing; build confidence and resilience through physical, creative and therapeutic activities; influence policy and practice locally; and deliver products and services that had been developed by young people.

Further reading
Drawing on the evaluation report, Susan Blishan and Mark Brown have co-authored a number of articles that focus on the practical lessons learned by Right Here about ways to manage, develop, evaluate and carry out youth work-led mental health projects for young people.
You can read the articles on the Mental Health Foundation website.


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