There has been an alarming increase in the number of children and adolescents presenting to emergency departments with concerns relating to mental health such as self-harm, depression, and behavioural disturbance. The Million Minds project provides an opportunity to work out why this is happening, and how we can improve care for children and adolescents presenting with acute mental health problems. The research, to be conducted by multiple hospitals across the PREDICT network will include an exploration of factors which influence how staff care for these patients, a Delphi prioritisation study, a multicentre retrospective of current practice and clinical outcomes and a multicentre randomised medication trial for oral and intramuscular sedative agents to determine the optimal drugs for acute severe behavioural disturbance. This body of work is funded by a MRFF Million Minds call (led by Prof Simon Craig, Prof Franz Babl).
Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) APP NO: