The youth mental health animation creation project

This KEDS award will be used to create animations about young people's mental health that will be embedded into the youth mental health website,

This project will involve crafting key messages from this study into short narratives using direct quotes from the research interviews conducted for this study. Once the narratives have been developed we will work with 3rd year Animation students from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) as they translate them into animations for use on In addition, this project will also involve reviewing and developing psychosis-related content for

This project involves both knowledge exchange and dissemination. is a leading youth mental health service in Ireland. Since 2009, has had over 1 million Irish website visits, with over 328,000 Irish visits in 2016 alone. The animations that are created for this project will become part of the suite of information and resources offered on and will accelerate the impact of this study by bringing the findings directly into a service delivery setting targeting young people themselves. Young people will be involved throughout the project: young animation students will translate the findings from this study into the creative medium of animation; young people will have access to the animations via and social media; and young people will be invited to provide feedback on the project. We will actively promote the animations and use both online metrics and qualitative data to evaluate the reach and impact of the project.


Award Date
28 September 2017
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Ms Helen Coughlan
Host Institution
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme