Innovation and Improvement

Supporting mental health in young people with Epilepsy

Developing new interventions to screen young people with epilepsy for mental health conditions

Around 80,00* young people in the UK have epilepsythey also have disproportionately more mental health problems than other young people.  This project led by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, working with NHS clinicians across South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, will develop new interventions to screen young people with epilepsy for mental health conditionsand provide them with better care(*neural.org) 

“We are delighted to receive funding to develop new tools and interventions for mental health difficulties and behavioural problems in young people with epilepsy. We hope that our project will enable clinicians treating young people with epilepsy to identify mental health difficulties and behavioural problems much more easily, and to offer effective treatment. We believe that this funding from the Maudsley Charity will enable us to fundamentally improve the life trajectory of young people with epilepsy”.

Mark Richardson, Vice Dean for Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London