The shape of mental health to come

Hello! Kailo is an initiative committed to addressing the root causes of young people’s mental health, in the places they live.

Through research, design and collaboration we’re discovering opportunities for change. We are initially developing the approach with partners in Newham (East London), and in North Devon.

Rooted in community

Kailo is grounded in local communities. By holding young people and communities at the heart of everything we do, we can better understand and work together to design a better future. 

Digging beneath the surface

What’s really affecting young people’s mental health? Through in-depth participatory research and with young people and by taking a ‘systems’ view, we’ll explore the whole picture: from the issues people face to the changes that can be made.

the ground

We know that young people have very different experiences of mental health, and some face more challenges or adversity than others. Kailo is committed to surfacing and actively addressing inequalities in young people’s mental health.

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Mental health challenges can’t be solved alone, if you want to get involved in any of our activities – or if you’re curious about what we’re up to right now
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We’re delighted to announce our #recruitment for young designers and #researchers + community partners in #Newham and #NorthernDevon is now open!
This is an exciting time for the project & we can’t wait for the next phase, shaping #mentalhealth to come

The team working on @KailoCommunity were in Barnstaple North Devon yesterday, engaging with #youngpeople & the local community ahead of our upcoming co-design opportunities to address the root causes of young people’s #mentalhealth. Did you catch @KatiePotter93 & George? 👀

The @KailoCommunity #job #vacacy ends today!

The team @ucl are recruiting a #ResearchAssistant & work on #evaluation to understand the wider determinants of adolescent #mentalhealth in Newham & North Devon.

Get your applications in TODAY 👉

This #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek we are promoting our exciting #research role with @ucl which will help shape #mentalhealth to come.

If you’re curious, passionate about young people’s outcomes & ready to explore #systemschange, apply!

⏳Quick! Not long before our deadline for our research assistant #job role closes!

If you have excellent research skills in qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as developmental evaluation skills, you could be perfect!

🔗Job description here:

The @KailoCommunity team are recruiting!

Join @ucl as a #ResearchAssistant & work on some exciting #evaluation to understand the wider determinants of adolescent #mentalhealth in Newham & North Devon.

Apply for this #vacancy here:


⭐️#jobopportunity ⭐️

We’re delighted to announce a vacancy! We’re looking for a #ResearchAssistant to join the @ucl team & work on some exciting #evaluation with our partners across Newham & North Devon.

For more info, head to our page:

Exciting opportunity to support @KailoCommunity & student #researchers from @ucl exploring different aspects of adolescent and family #mentalhealth in #Newham.

One project (below) is on Bangladeshi & Indian perspectives on mental health. Can you help? 👉

Congrats to the incomparable & inspirational @MichaelMarmot for his highest of honours in recognition of fighting inequalities & championing rights of children & young people. You are an inspiration to us @DartingtonSDL as well as our @KailoCommunity which you co-chair our EAG 🙌

Hi everyone, I am recruiting for my dissertation project and I need some participants! If you are interested or know someone who is interested, feel free to email me for more information. I have changed some of the eligibility info! 😁 @KailoCommunity

In collab with WHO – new #PhD #scholarship is to conduct research into #child & #adolescent #mentalhealth & wellbeing using a mixed method approach and #global cross-cultural perspective, working closely with young people in several countries to understand their perspectives 👇

We are working with fantastic partners @DartingtonSDL @UCLPALS @shift_org @UCLPartners @AFNCCF, and most importantly, with amazing partners in Devon – inc @one_n_devon @spacepsm @YoungDevon – and Newham @fightforpeace @NewhamLondon and many many more!

We’re excited to announce our new #Kailo site is live!


It showcases the work we’re doing across different contexts to address the root causes of adolescent #mentalhealth & respond with sustainable solutions. Here’s how 👇

So excited to show you what @DartingtonSDL @shift_org @ucl & other partners have been working on for the @KailoCommunity project when our site goes live on Tuesday! �
This #research, #design & collaboration is key to addressing the root causes of adolescent #mentalhealth.

Kailo is a structured and iterative approach to the co-design of ambitious place-based strategies to promote adolescent #mentalhealth focused on targeting underlying drivers and addressing inequalities.

Make sure to check our website launching November 29th!

Something is coming 👀👀👀

Not long now until our new website for our #Kailo work is out! Do keep an eye on the @KailoCommunity page for big changes as we modernise to reflect the communities we’re working with in #NorthDevon & #Newham.

Excited about a great day joining the North Devon Health Equity Event to share more about @KailoCommunity and engage in reflections with North Devon Community leaders and professionals.

We’re delighted to have Dame @Rachel_deSouza as part of our advisory group for the @KailoCommunity project. It’s of the utmost importance that we support families to enable being able to improve outcomes for children and young people. Trust & longevity are so key to this!

CECD Blackpool @CECDBlackpool

Dame Rachel de Souza delivers a speech as part of our conference Tackling Poverty, Changing Childhoods. #ABetterStart @Rachel_deSouza

Policymakers are encouraging NHS organizations to act on social determinants of health

But there’s little clarity on how. And there are risks, like medicalizing social issues and widening inequities

New paper with framework to understand NHS approaches