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25 - 26 September 2019

Save the dates: Final "MILES TO GO" events

UPC Kortenberg, Belgium

Two separate events: The first one for young people (25 Sept) & the second one for clinicians  (26 Sept)! 

Belgian consortium partners organize their own, local "MILES TO GO" events at the end of September to share the results and insights from MILESTONE with as many stakeholders as possible.

1) Click here to access the info brochure about the dissemination event for the general public, young people, their parents, siblings and friends which will take place on Wednesday, September 25th 2019.

2) Click here to view the programme of the congress for clinicians, medical experts and professionals that will take place on Thursday, September 26th 2019.

Both events will take place at the Congrescentrum at UPC Kortenberg in Belgium. If you have any questions beforehand, please contact Tá an seoladh ríomhphoist seo á chosaint ó róbait thurscair. Tá ort JavaScript a chumasú le hamharc air. or Tá an seoladh ríomhphoist seo á chosaint ó róbait thurscair. Tá ort JavaScript a chumasú le hamharc air.. See you there!

15 Juli 2019

Final Project Summary Report

(by the MILESTONE consortium)

The official final report, covering the entire project period, has just been published!

If you are interested in the study details, key results and overall conclusions of the 5-year-long pan-European research project, click here to read in and find out! The project final report is not only an official requirement by the European Commission, but mainly intended to address and inform the general public about the longitudinal studies performed by the MILESTONE consortium, major outcomes of these studies, and their wider societal implications.

The motivation and goal has always been, and will be in the coming years as well, to improve the care for young people transitioning from child to adult mental healthcare, and to initiate true, effective and Europe-wide change in that regard. We cordially thank all study participants, all professionals, and especially our Young Project Advisors for their efforts and spirit!

10 May 2019

Fantastic VIDEO by our Young Project Advisors!

London, UK

YouTube Video

Recently, the MILESTONE project hast come to an end, and our very active Young Project Advisors have produced a fabulous conclusion video about what the key issues in transitioning from youth to adult mental health care are from THEIR perspective, including their experiences of being involved in the MILESTONE research study. Please like, spread the word & share!

"No, I wasn't happy with my transition experience. I had to take control and fight for care. It was lonely, frustrating, and a very long process." one MILESTONE study participant opens up about her own difficult transitioning experience. That needs to change. MILESTONE's findings should assist policy makers in making informed decisions that will improve youth mental health, their quality of life, and increase the overall cost-effectiveness at individual and population levels.

 

Are you entering adulthood and soon too old for child healthcare? How can we help you with your transition into adult healthcare?

We are a group of researchers and mental health experts from 8 different European countries with a special interest in young people’s mental health and what happens when young people need to move from a service, often one for children and young people, to a service for adults – a process often referred to as ‘transition’. Poor or disjointed support and care at this point has been reported in many countries and is a policy concern of many governments. In order to find out the best ways of helping young people transition, over the last three years we have been getting in touch with young people approaching the transition phase of care to invite them to join the MILESTONE study. Young people, their parents and carers and the clinicians working with them, have all been contributing their knowledge and experiences of transition, including trying out a new suite of tools for monitoring young people’s outcomes.

2018 is the start of our final study year and to date, we have succeeded in recruiting over 1000 young people  and over 900 parents and carers. We have completed three of the four rounds of data gathering and we are now embarking on the final round of outcomes monitoring and follow-up assessments. All being well, we expect to complete our information gathering by 31th December 2018 and will then begin a cross-country programme of sharing our findings and learning from the study.

If you are one of the participants in the MILESTONE study, we would like to thank you for your continued support and contributions. We are very grateful! If you have not been involved, we hope that you will keep watching for our study findings which we hope will make a real difference to improving transition for all young people in contact with mental health services and their parents and carers.

The MILESTONE team

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