- The Kailo Consortium
We are very pleased to be able to share our open letter article (awaiting peer review) detailing the Kailo framework, which is now available to read on the Wellcome Open Research platform.
Congratulations to the long list of people involved in this work!
“The mental health and wellbeing of children and young people is deteriorating. It is increasingly recognised that mental health is a systemic issue, with a wide range of contributing and interacting factors.
However, the vast majority of attention and resources are focused on the identification and treatment of mental health disorders, with relatively scant attention on the social determinants of mental health and wellbeing and investment in preventative approaches.
Furthermore, there is little attention on how the social determinants manifest or may be influenced at the local level, impeding the design of contextually nuanced preventative approaches.
This paper describes a major research and design initiative called Kailo that aims to support the design and implementation of local and contextually nuanced preventative strategies to improve children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
The Kailo Framework involves structured engagement with a wide range of local partners and stakeholders – including young people, community partners, practitioners and local system leaders – to better understand local systemic influences and support programmes of youth-centred and evidence-informed co-design, prototyping and testing.
It is hypothesised that integrating different sources of knowledge, experience, insight and evidence will result in better embedded, more sustainable and more impactful strategies that address the social determinants of young people’s mental health and wellbeing at the local level.”
Hobbs, T., Santana de Lima, E., Bevington, D., Preece, C., Allen, K., Barna, P., Berry, V., Booker, T., Davies, K., Davis, G. and Deighton, J., Freeman, L., Fuggle, P., Goddard, E., Greene Barker, T., Harris, J., Heather, A., Jardiel, MF., Joshi, K., Keenan, M., Kenned, L., Malhotra, T., March, A., Pilling, S., Pitt, M., Potter, K., Rehill, N., Shand, J., Surtees, R., Fonagy, P., 2023. Kailo: a systemic approach to addressing the social determinants of young people’s mental health and wellbeing at the local level. Wellcome Open Research, 8(524), p.524.